If you or your manager feel your accent is in conflict with your professional goals, or keeps you from expressing yourself fully in a professional setting, please contact me for a consultation. My focus is less on "sounding American" and more on understandability and clear communication. The process requires motivation and patience for long-term results, and a commitment to daily practice. With dedication and the right coach, changing how you speak is possible.
I have a degree in German and spent many years in Vienna, Austria. There I taught topical ESL in high schools on a Teaching Fulbright and tutored individuals. In combination with my graduate acting training, this background gives me a unique view into, and a great sensitivity around, the subject of dialects and accent modification. (If you’re an actor or theater company interested in dialect coaching, click here.)
A session may include:
recording how you speak to track your progress
identifying your 'trouble-sounds'
outlining the basic sounds in standard American speech
spending time discussing and exploring mouth posture and placement
listening to sound samples for examples of pitch, melody, stress pronunciation
exercises with a focus on repetition and how to incorporate what's been learned into every day speech
recommendations on community and online resources available Individual or small group coachings available.
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