Answers for questions about Accent Reduction
WHAT IS YOUR TECHNIQUE?
I’ve designed my own technique. It’s fun, unique and flexible..
IPA – INTERNATIONAL PHONETIC ALPHABET
Creative phonetic spelling, your native language, and your own accent can also help determine the process.
Typically, we cover the basic vowels and consonants of your new accent. This is done very simply, you will be amazed by this, most of my students are. I then help you to recreate those sounds. And learning the accent’s rhythm makes you sound natural, fluid and comfortable.
We will use general words, phrases and sentences that I have created but then I like to incorporate your particular career’s verbiage. You will be 100% accurate when using the words you speak most frequently.
An accent is more than sound. With utmost respect, I also incorporate a culture’s general behaviors, morals and attitudes.
Audio of native speakers using the accent you require may be used.
DO YOU TEACH ACCENT REDUCTION OR ACCENT MODIFICATION?
Yes, l teach the Standard American accent to those born in and outside of the USA. You learn how Americans truly speak, which is not taught in English language classes. No more having to repeat yourself. Isn’t that wonderful?
I DO BUSINESS WITH BRITISH PEOPLE AND EUROPEANS, MOSTLY. CAN YOU TEACH ME THE STANDARD ENGLISH OR BRITISH ACCENT?
This is an intelligent choice. I am 100% proficient with this accent (I’m originally from England!)
WHO ARE YOUR STUDENTS?
BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS: Converse confidently with clients, employees and co-workers
PUBLIC SPEAKERS & EDUCATORS: Communicate with everyone in your audience or classroom, whether it’s a group of 2 or 2000
ACTORS: Prepare for an upcoming role or audition
VOICE-OVER PERFORMERS: Learn different accents for animation, video games, commercials, audio book narration and looping
MEDIA PROFESSIONALS: Have success on television news programs, entertainment shows and in your own videos.
HOW MANY CLASSES WILL I NEED TO LEARN AN ACCENT?
This is impossible to determine. Everyone is different, some learn in a few lessons, others may take weeks or months.
It depends upon which consonants and vowels need to be modified and how well you process and use these new sounds. The melody is also important to an accent. We will incorporate this into every lesson.
Also, it’s most helpful to you to be surrounded by the accent you wish to acquire. Hopefully, you can practice every day by speaking to people or even watching television!
After our first hour of class, you’ll hear some degree of transformation.
Actors, for auditions, one hour may be enough, depending on how many lines you have. It’s a quick fix to make you proficient enough for the audition.
CAN I SOUND 100% NATIVE TO AN ACCENT?
You may, depending on:
Opportunity to practice daily
Proficiency for reproducing sound
Dedication to the process
For accent reduction, most people simply wish to be understood by their listeners, minimizing any confusion or bias. Sounding 100% to any accent is more intensive and challenging. I cannot say you will be 100% or not, I have had some foreign born students who have succeeded in this, but they are exceptional.
HOW OFTEN ARE THE CLASSES DONE?
Once a week or more or even less. It depends on your needs and resources.
We will preselect your days and times and they will be held for you once payment is made.
ARE ALL CLASSES CONDUCTED VIRTUALLY?
Yes, all classes are conducted virtually, so you can work from any city or country.
ARE VIRTUAL CLASSES REALLY BENEFICIAL?
Yes, they are. From the comfort of your home or office computer, your focus is completely on my voice, mouth and face. There is less distraction and you can comfortably see, up close, what I am doing to make a sound. And I also have the luxury of seeing and hearing you in the same way. I have a very sharp ear and a great headset, so every slight sound you make is crystal clear to me.
Also, since you are recording the video and audio of all our sessions, reviewing your classes is an excellent tool that intensifies your learning process. You can now see and hear what you were doing and how certain sounds and behaviors were weaker or stronger.
And the relationship that we create via the internet is the key to your learning. It is comfortable, safe and pleasant. The physical distance between us is never felt. It’s quite amazing, really.
WHAT IS A TYPICAL CLASS?
Usually, we work on 1 or 2 new sounds per session. This depends, of course, on your aptitude and how well you can process the information. It may be a Vowel sound change, like the Short A, as in CAT or the TH sound, as in THANKS. You should then have some time between this class and the next to practice your new sounds, perhaps a week. The subsequent class may be a quick review of the previous lesson, to ensure that you are grasping the sounds perfectly and then I will introduce a new sound or sounds.
I will send you all the text that you need for class. There is no book for you to purchase. And it is extremely beneficial if you can provide me with your particular career’s vocabulary, if you need accent reduction for business. I will incorporate your words and phrases into the lesson so you are 100% confident about speaking in the workplace.
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WHAT IS YOUR SCHEDULE FOR CLASSES?
Monday – Friday: 9:00am EST (0900 h EST) – final class at 5:30pm EST (1730 h EST)
Saturdays: 10:00am EST (1000 h EST) – final class at 12:00pm EST (1200 h EST)
And because life is full of surprises, some exceptions to this schedule are allowed.
CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHAT PERSONAL AWARENESS HAS TO OFFER?
In order to proceed with great success in any business or social situation, you need to have a clear idea how others perceive you. Your personality is conveyed through behavior, voice and physical being. And very often you aren’t aware of the signals that truly represent you or unfortunately, misrepresent you.
SLOW BLINKING: Closing your eyes for a second too long while listening and speaking, gives the illusion that you are bored, arrogant and annoyed.
PLAYING WITH HAIR: Twirling of strands is childish. It indicates insecurity and is inappropriate for women who need to inspire confidence.
UPSPEAK: This upward vocal inflection at the end of statements makes you appear insecure. It translates to the listener as, “Please tell me I am worthy of your listing to me”, “I hope you are listening to me” or “I am unsure of my information”.
On the positive side, you need to know your strengths.
GOOD POSTURE: A good seated position, strong stance and stride indicate confidence and self-respect.
NODDING: While listening to a speaker, the occasional slight nod indicates that you are truly interested in what is being said and their information is fully comprehended.
PROPER DICTION & GRAMMAR: This is a wonderful audio display of confidence and intellect.
Usually, we begin the Personal Awareness process while focusing on your voice. Perhaps you have an upcoming presentation or job interview. We would incorporate your own behavior into the vocal lesson.
For actors, having Personal Awareness is invaluable, as you need to know what you are able to convey by adding subtle vocal and physical traits to create truly interesting characters.
WHAT ARE YOUR PAYMENT REQUIREMENTS?
Payment depends on the circumstances. The options are Paypal, check or wire transfer.
WHAT ARE YOUR RATES?
WHAT IS YOUR CANCELATION POLICY?
I require a minimum notice of 6 hours for cancelation.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO REACH YOU IF I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?
Please send an email, it’s easiest for me to respond that way. Be sure to be very specific with what information you require.