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How to pronounce "Gorilla" vs. "Guerrilla

Hi guys!  Today we are talking about how to pronounce "gorilla" and "guerrilla". Just looking at these two words we know they are spelled differently, and they have different meanings. A lot of people have also pronounced these differently as well. However, they are pronounced exactly the same! So, you will have to decipher the context of the conversation to figure out which gorilla/guerrilla a person is talking about. Listen to the sound clip below to hear these words being pronounced and used in a sentence. And don't hesitate to ask a question in the comments section if I can help any further. 

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Brew On This: Linguistic Melodies of American English & French

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Brew On This: Linguistic Melodies of American English & French

Have you ever noticed the rise and fall of a person’s voice in conversation? That heightened “punch” as someone tells a story, makes a statement, or asks a question? This is intonation, or the vocal “highs” and “lows” that make the melody of a language. Listeners perceive this as pitch, which is created from the stretching or shortening of our vibrating vocal cords. 

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                                              How To Pronounce 'The'

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How To Pronounce 'The'

Did you know there are two ways to pronounce the word ‘the’? It comes as no surprise since ‘the’ is the most used word in the English language. Americans use the word so often that we’d become verbally incapacitated if we could not use it. 

During accent modification trainings, I notice many clients forget to add this definite article before their nouns; but just as often I notice that they don’t use the correct form of ‘the’ when they speak either. So let’s get down to the nitty gritty (the details). 

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Why Foreigners Sing in American Accents

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Why Foreigners Sing in American Accents

I often find myself wondering, why is the American accent so often used by foreign singers? We often hear British singers like Adele, Bono, and Eric Clapton, or Australian singers like Keith Urban and Iggy Azalea, Americanizing their songs. Is it simply to gain larger audiences and sell albums?

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When Your Accent Embarrasses You

The beginning of the year is a time for renewal, celebration, and time to watch our favorite celebs walk the red carpet to vie for gold-enameled dust collectors...I mean awards!  One foreign director caught my attention this season when he won the Golden Globe Best Director Award for the film "Gravity". Alfonso Cuarón knew how to give a relatable and humorous acceptance speech when he poked fun at his heavy accent. “Because of my thick accent, they ended up doing what they thought I said, not what I really said"....(cont.)

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