Immigrants Take Accent-Reduction Class in Portland

Published By: 
Press Herald
Published Date: 
2016, February 29
Article Excerpt: 

As they continued the lesson, Greenlaw pointed out that it’s not just an accent that can throw a listener off. Sometimes a mispronounced word means something else entirely, further baffling a listener.

“When you mispronounce words it can sound like nonsense,” she told them. “If you say ‘I woke’ somewhere instead of ‘I walk,’ or say ‘toke’ instead of ‘talk,’ it can sound like another word.”