• Listen to as much accent-less speech as you can. Try listening to radio stations out of the Pacific Northwest or the Midwest.'; } s += ""; document.write(s); return; } google_ad_channel = '+7733764704+1640266093+9911500640+4989269770+8388126455+8941458308+7122150828' + xchannels + gchans; google_ad_client = "pub-9543332082073187"; google_ad_output = 'js'; google_ad_type = 'text'; google_feedback = 'on'; google_ad_region = "test"; google_ad_format = '250x250_as'; //--> • Develop a large vocabulary (try some vocabulary-building books, or even SAT prep books) and replace local colloquialisms with these words. Focusing on the new words will force you out of your accent comfort zone. Practice imitating the speech style you seek to replace your southern accent. • Speak more quickly than you usually do • "Clip" or shorten your vowels • Place the accent on the second syllable of words such as cement and umbrella.