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I offer private, semi-private and group lessons in accent modification (also known as accent reduction) for foreign professionals seeking to improve their American or British accent, or native English speakers who want to speak more clearly or without their regional dialect.
Often people refer to this work as accent reduction, but I prefer the terms accent modification or accent training. The process is not one of reducing or subtracting, but simply of learning a new dialect, one better suited to your professional needs. That doesn't mean there's anything inherently wrong with the way you speak! All accents and dialects are beautiful, and it's an unfortunate fact of life that sometimes they can carry stigmas or create stumbling blocks in the professional world. A neutral dialect like General American or Received Pronunciation (the standard British dialect) is simply a tool and a skill to be learned, like anything else.
Learning English vocabulary and grammar can be insufficient to get you where you want to be. I can teach you the way native speakers really talk, something you won't get in an ESL class. And for native English speakers with regional dialects, I can help you achieve the clear, neutral, non-regional diction you want. Many people spend years squandering professional opportunities because they have a hard time making themselves understood, or because their dialect or accent is distracting to people, so that they listen to the sound of the words instead of the words themselves. Taking charge of the way you speak can build confidence and open up new doors.
I use my own unique teaching method, and cater my approach to the individual student and their learning style. With a combination of time-tested tools like International Phonetic Alphabet, lexical sets, and phonetic spelling; vocal awareness training and a focus on the physical position and movements of the mouth; as well as creative use of imagery, sensation, mimicry, characterization and improvisation; we will make sense of your target dialect with clarity, creativity, and fun. As a classically trained and professionally working actor, my approach treats speech as the art form that it is. I am fluent in English and Spanish, and familiar with the phonology and writing systems of many languages, including Russian, French, German, Italian, Greek, Arabic, Hebrew, Yiddish, Turkish, Japanese and Korean. My knowledge of phonetics and orthography allows me to start from your native language's database of sounds and symbols to help you relearn English spelling and pronunciation, and better understand and execute the changes you need to make.
Available in person in New York City, or online via Skype.