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Learn About Our Individual Speech, Accent and Voice Sessions
Individual sessions will focus on ear training; you will learn to hear the difference between your pronunciation and that of Standard American English (neutral, mainstream, unaccented).

You will be instructed in the placement of your articulators - your lips, your teeth and your tongue - to facilitate easy production of your new sounds.

Through the use of carefully crafted drill sheets, you will practice the new sounds in words and sentences. You will be provided with immediate feedback and correction, so that you can gain confidence and consistency in producing your new sound.

Learn more about methods used to alter speech.

Accent Reduction | Pronouncing the /y/ Sound

Many English learners are confused when it comes to pronouncing the letter /y/. Their confusion is not surprising as /y/ can be both a consonant and a vowel in the phonetic alphabet, which makes up the sounds of English. In fact, when /y/ is a vowel, it has

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Accent Reduction | Articulating the /v/ and the /w/ Sounds

Many non-native speakers, including those whose first languages are German, Russian, and Indian, have difficulty distinguishing between the /v/ and the /w/ sounds. In many instances, they will substitute one sound for the other which leads to listener confusion. In order to correctly pronounce these distinct sounds, it

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Body Language | Another Form of Communication

The way in which we communicate is important in both our personal lives and in our professional lives. In an effort to enhance communication skills, people have made attempts to improve their articulation, the rhythm of their speech, and their ability to stress words to enhance the meaning

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Accent Reduction | What Should I Expect From Training?

Change Your Accent

When clients make an appointment for a speech consultation, they have reached a point where they feel that their speech is interfering with their ability to communicate successfully and comfortably. Sometimes, addressing their speech problems is a New Year’s resolution. For others, it is in reaction to negative

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The /o/ Sound | How Do You Pronounce The Letter O?

Pronouncing The Letter O

In a recent accent reduction session, my client said, “I’m a little confused when I see an /o/ sound; I’m not sure how to pronounce it.  For example, are the /o/’s in the words “hot, love, and home” pronounced the same way?”  This was an excellent question but

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Accent Reduction Techniques | Speak With Clarity And Precision

It is baseball season and for those die-hard fans of the New York Yankees, it is another opportunity to listen to the melodic and well-articulated speech of their veteran announcer, Paul Olden.  Perhaps you are not a Yankee fan, and not even a baseball fan.  However, there are

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When Should You Stress Sounds In English?

Any accent reduction program is incomplete if you do not learn how to speak Standard American English with the appropriate stress.  The first stage of any good accent reduction program for non-native speakers is to learn the correct pronunciation for the consonants and vowels of English.  The second

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Singing as an Accent Reduction Technique

Recently, I received a call from a friend who was listening to one of Adele’s CD’s.  She was curious as to why Adele’s speech sounded so much less accented while she was singing than it had when she heard her speaking in an interview.  This was not the

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Pronouncing the Long /eee/ And The Short /ih/ | Difficult For Non Native Speakers

I have found that of all the vowels in Standard American English, my non-native speaking clients have the greatest difficulty hearing and correctly producing the long /ee/ sound as in leave and the short /ih/ sound as in live.  If you are familiar with phonetics, the sound that

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Texting | Sacrificing the Art of Communication?

I am a “texter”.  I admit it and in fact, texting is often a very efficient and convenient form of communicating.  However, one day, while listening to a radio program about texting and the effects it is having on personal interactions, I began to reflect on how texting

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