What do you search for when you are looking to improve your accent or pronunciation?
I was doing my research in accent coaching, and decided to google what people would search for. I must say the results surprised me! I thought, most people who search for accent coaching would be those wanting to work on their normal conversational skills.
However, results that came up most of the time, were: people searching online to learn American Accents. Most of these people were actors as well! I searched further and came across many blogs, sites and videos on American Accent. Some featured the British accent, but hardly anyone featured a Neutral accent. Interesting huh. It certainly made me think, so if I didn’t live in America or England, and wanted to improve my accent, what on earth do I search for?
What if I kept moving countries ( as most of my clients do). Does this mean I have to learn the accent of each country? What if I moved to the Philippines or something. They speak English there too. Do people teach the Filipino Accent?
So many questions went through my head! So my dear readers, I am actually curious as to what you search for as well. I understand that actors require accent or dialect coaching when they portray other characters. However, who else gets coaching on their accents? Some people even call it dialect coaching. I think this is a term mainly used in the US, to describe speech and acting coaches, as in people who work in Theatre.
How interesting! And here I was thinking that Accent training, is done mainly by Speech Pathologists. How wrong was I. The main population of people who have looked for accent coaching, were ( in my google research) : actors and call centre employees.
So my readers, ( whom I assume are not actors or call centre employees) which words do you use when you are looking to improve the way you speak English? Comment below, as I am quite curious!