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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.

Can I Lose My Accent?

Many people, whose first language is not English, ask “Can I Lose My Accent?” This is a good question but there is not a one size fits all answer. Accent reduction success depends on the strength of your accent, your knowledge of the vocabulary, grammar, and syntax of

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Accent Reduction /p/ and /b/ – Sankin Speech Improvement

Accent Reduction Tips: How Do You Pronounce The /p/ And The /b/ Sounds?

The /p/ and the /b/ are cognates, or pairs, that are usually taught together. Both sounds are bilabial plosive consonant sounds, meaning that you use both lips when you articulate these sounds and end the

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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 | 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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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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How Do You Use Contractions? | Sankin Speech Improvement

Non-native speakers need to perfect the vowels and consonants of Standard American English to sound less accented. However, another important aspect of accent reduction is using the appropriate rhythm and intonation. An important way to facilitate a smoother liason between words is to use contractions in everyday conversation.

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Accent Reduction | Who Should Reduce Their Accent?

There is nothing wrong with accents. In fact, people often find accents to be charming, mysterious, or endearing. However, if an accent interferes with communication, it can become a problem. I’m in the business of reducing or eliminating accents and over the last nineteen years, I have heard

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Accent Reduction Tips for Non-Native Speakers: How Do You Pronounce The /th/ Sound?

One of the most frequently occurring sounds in the English language is the /th/ sound. The /th/ sound occurs in Standard American English, in certain forms of Spanish and in specific Greek dialects, but no other languages use the /th/ sound. Therefore, when most non-native speakers attempt to

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