Everyone has an accent, and having an accent really only causes difficulties if others cannot understand you.
Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) September 26, 2010
Due to overwhelming demand for accent reduction courses, Carolina Speech Services, Inc., (CSS) a Charlotte, NC-based company, is offering free tips on accent modification through its blog: http://modifymyaccent.com/blog
“We’re getting inundated with requests from people wanting us to analyze their accents,” states Karen Bragg, M.SP, CCC-SLP, a speech-language pathologist with CSS. Bragg, who is internationally certified in accent modification training, says the blog will be a free resource with information about accent modification, speech, and language.
“Everyone has an accent, and having an accent really only causes difficulties if others cannot understand you,” states Bragg, a licensed speech therapist with over 20 years of experience. Bragg’s company focuses on helping people with strong accents improve their Standard American Spoken English pronunciation.
The very idea of accent reduction courses is a senstive subject, sometimes met with controversy, as some critics feel that such classes cause people to lose their cultural identities. “Not so,” says Bragg, who has worked with individuals from other countries as well as those from the U.S. with strong dialects. “Our main goal is to help people pronounce words more clearly, and not to transform all the rich aspects of someone’s unique culture,” she continues. “An accent modification class by itself cannot change a person’s culture.”
Regular blog posts will provide general information on pronunciation, American idioms, and much more via video and written updates. Bragg says information on the blog is designed as a general tutorial to educate the public and to help people decide if accent modification is right for them.
The company’s president, Laquinta Khaldun, has been featured recently in The Charlotte Observer, Fox News Charlotte, and WFAE radio. She is happy to discuss any topics related to accent modification, speech, language, and/or voice disorders. Contact her at http://modifymyaccent.com/contact-us or 704-845.1605.