Click the link above to see a short news segment on Accent Modification classes.
Accents reflect the unique characteristics and background of a person. Many people take great pride in their accents. However, some people may have difficulty communicating because of their accent.
Common difficulties include the following:
•People not understanding you
•Avoiding social interaction(s)
•Frustration from having to repeat yourself frequently
•People focusing on your accent more than on what you are trying to say
These types of communication problems may have negative effects on job performance, educational advancement, and everyday life activities.
It may also negatively affect your self-esteem if you are having trouble communicating because of an accent.
For all of these reasons, some people want to modify or change their accent.