While accent reduction benefits anyone for whom English is a second language, accent comprehension benefits everyone.
When it comes to improving communication skills, diversity training often focuses on accent reduction for foreign nationals. But communication is a two-way street, and there are also tools to help English speakers create effective, two-way dialogue.
ARI's training program minimizes the need to ask, "What? What did you say?" The fear of insulting someone or misunderstanding important information goes away. Communication in a multicultural environment becomes seamless and stress-free.
Test your accent comprehension skills - play this sound clip (MP3 format).
sample: The Korean Accent
"No more 'what?...what did you say?'"
- Seminar participants, Cornell University, Johnson School of Business