For those who would like to sound a little less… well, you can supply the word here! As an accent coach I love all accents and believe in celebrating the sheer di-versity of human speech. However, there may be occasions when you wish to sound a little more – let’s say “neutral”. I’ve worked a good deal with interpreters, who have to make sure that they can be clearly understood and that their interpre-tation carries the message of the original speaker. This involves focusing on into-nation and rhythm – not just specific vowel and consonant sounds.