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007’s Secret Accent Reduction Techniques

# English speaking strategies # Sean Connery #007 #accent #accent modification #accent reduction #improve English pronunciation #speaking proper English #speech clarity

I arrived in Scotland recently expecting to hear all Scotsmen sounding like my favourite 007, Sean Connery, with his low manly brogue and languorously rolled “R”s. Distinct, but completely understandable to my North American ears. The reality was somewhat different upon my first conversation in Scotland – I found myself panicking when I realized that I had absolutely no clue as to what I was being asked by the friendly Scots waiter! It turns out that Scottish accents range from Scottish Standard English to a very broad Scottish accent with a variety in between. The Scots as a general rule...

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