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The Accents of Music
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Have you ever thought about getting rid of your accent in a foreign language? And, do you have any idea how?

Getting rid of your accent takes patience and effort. Learning a foreign language may be fun; however, reducing your original accent is not always easy. Although, when it comes to singing, people usually wonder why singers donít have the accents from their mother tongues.

I've heard different thick accents from all over the world, and I've listened to different songs performed by foreign singers. However, it seems that they have a uniform accent, which is mostly understandable and clear.

Letís take Bono as an example, the vocalist of U2. We often heard his thick Irish accent during television interviews, however, he sound very American when he sings. How does that happen?

When it comes to singing, singers tends to pronounce the vowels more properly. The English vowels are the same, no matter what language you are speaking; speaking employs gliding vowels, and a transition from one to another. Singing is phrased such that vowels are held longer, which more or less eliminates regional accents. In addition, in singing, vowels tend to sound more properly or like monophthongs, rather than like diphthongs.

Usually, English native speakers, such as British people, often have a really strong and thick accent speaking English. Thus, foreign people are most likely to struggle to understand their accent. There are two main ways in order to eliminate or reduce your accent in a foreign language.

Working with someone will help you improve you grammatical structure, intonation, pronunciation and thus, your accent. Strictly training yourself to reduce your accent requires a precise coordination between your brain, vocal chords, and tongue; thus, proper training is helpful.

Accents are the natural aura of every language, and eliminating your original accents would be complicated without proper and extensive training. On the other hand, singing is different from just ordinary talking. In singing, accents are very much reduced; this is because music eliminates the native accent to a large extent. Accent has a lot to do with the rhythm of the sentence, and when we sing we are forced to follow the musicís rhythm rather than our natural accent. Thus, interestingly some of the British and non-native English singers donít have accents in singing.

There may be a difference between eliminating and reducing accents of foreigners; thus, singing may actually help reduce original accents of an individual, however, it will take time to eliminate his or her accents.

Singing may be one of the easiest ways for accent reduction; however, proper training such as learning the language properly can definitely help an individual to speak a foreign language properly, and thus, eliminating his or her accent when speaking a foreign language, like English.

Charlene Lacandazo works for Rosetta translation. The company specialises in Japanese translations. Charlene also has a keen interest in accents of all kinds.

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