Category: Accent

Common accent challenges: more free pronunciation fact sheets

Working on your accent? Helping a non-native English speaker to be better understood? We’re pleased to introduce our free fact sheets about common accent issues and training targets, now UPDATED to include common issues for even more languages, including Korean, Mandarin Chinese,...

/ 7 March 2016

“What did you say?” 10 evidence-based ideas to help others understand your speech

Speaking is pointless if you’re not understood.  But opinions diverge on how best to improve intelligibility – or even how to measure it. Having worked with adults and children with a range of communication challenges – from speech disorders, language...

/ 20 October 2015

Who we help: meet Rakesh and Alice

In addition to traditional speech pathology services for people with communication impairments, we work with professionals, business owners and others who need to improve their professional communication skills to achieve their work and life goals.  We’re passionate about helping professionals and...

/ 26 January 2015

Common pronunciation challenges for people who do not speak English as a first language: fact sheets

To help professionals, business owners and others who:  speak English as a second (or later) language well or fluently; but  have some English pronunciation issues, we are compiling some fact sheets about common pronunciation challenges (and therapy targets) related to...

/ 19 January 2015

Is your speech hard for people to comprehend? Research tells us this could be affecting your career prospects

We’ve talked about the importance of intelligibility before.  Intelligibility is an objective measure of whether your speech is understood.  We all want to be intelligible and it is often a key goal for our clients. But what about your comprehensibility? ...

/ 11 December 2014

It’s not your accent that’s holding you back

Telstra Chief Executive Officer David Thodey has been in the press lately talking about customer complaints involving “unintellligible” call-centre operators. Call-centre operators – particularly from India and the Philippines – are regularly criticised in the Australian press. But what was most...

/ 6 November 2014

Embrace your accent and speak clearly – lessons from a Global Investment Bank

We use the term “accent” in at least a couple of ways: the sounds and pronunciation used by a “native” to speak their first language, e.g. when we say that someone from Sydney is speaking English with a broad Australian...

/ 7 October 2014

Which kind of English is the best? (Hint: none of them)

Three men and a lady meet in a bar Some (ahem) 20 years ago, when I was a youngster backpacking through Ireland, I bumped into a young Texan couple at a bar.  They were in the midst of a furious...

/ 25 September 2014