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About Rebecca S.

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Carlsbad, CA

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I have studied linguistics and foreign languages for singing opera and I can help people find better English vowel and consonant production.

About Rebecca
An international performing artist, Rebecca has most recently performed in 2017 with the Etruria Opera Festival in Viterbo, Italy as the title role in Suor Angelica of Puccini and First Lady in Die Zauberflote of Mozart. She has been a featured artist at the Tuscia Opera Festival in Italy from 2009 to 2016 as well as performing recitals and concerts in the Southern California area. Upcoming local performanes will be with the Temecula Symphony in May of 2018. In November of 2014 Rebecca organized and performed in the Suor Angelica Project, a fundrasier for the San Diego Opera. This collaboration with the San Diego Symphony and members of the San Diego Opera Chorus raised over $7500 for the Opera.

Since 2009. Rebecca is on the faculty of the International Lyric Academy of Rome and Viterbo, teaching voice and Italian lessons to the Amer
ican students who come over to participate and learn. She has also sung concerts and recitals in New York City, London, Edinburgh, and various cities in Italy as well as locally here in California and Florida. Rebecca received her Bachelor in Music degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. She is a student in the online Masters program for Music Education at the University of Florida, Gainesville. She has also studied at the Universita per Stranieri in Perugia, the International Lyric Academy of Rome, and the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiari, Italy. She is currently the Director of Music Ministries at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Carlsbad, California, and teaches voice and piano privately.

Rebecca is a regular performer with the San Diego Opera and is a former member of the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. She is featured on their 1996 release Christmas with the Master Chorale. Other recordings include Mahler VIII - Symphony of 1000 in the chorus with the late Robert Shaw. Other conductors and coaches Rebecca has worked with include Sir David Willcocks, Julius Rudel, Stefano Vignati, Dr. Robert Summer, John Mario DI Costanzo, the late Cesare Rufini, Diego Moccia, Annetta Monroe,
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Lessons are tailored to the individual student's initial abilities. In all genres of music it is important to breathe well, have breath support, communicate the emotion and character of the song, and eliminate vocal bad habits. These issues are different for everyone.

I teach a classical Italian technique of breath support and beautiful tone, and these techniques can be applied to all musical styles.

The student will be assigned and choose songs to learn and work on as we incorporate the techniques into the songs and vocal exercises.

Piano lessons and Italian lessons are also available from ages 5 and up.

*** Studio Equipment ***
CD player, 7' Boston grand piano, digital recorder

*** Travel Equipment ***
Yamaha keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
Voice, classical, pop, Broadway, opera, Italian, piano, music theory,
audition preparation. I specialize in opera but sing many styles, including pop, classical, and musical theatre; I teach all styles in piano.
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Mary F. June 5, 2018
· Italian · In home
Intense and a little overwhelming but exciting to be setting out in a new learning adventure. Rebecca us very knowledgeable in the language and the country which is a big plus. Look forward to the next lesson. Mary
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Dan Loyer June 29, 2017
· Opera Voice · In studio
Rebecca is knowledgeable, open and a great teacher. We got right to the lesson after the warmup. I enjoyed the lesson alot and am looking forward to more.
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Kaylee August 16, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Extremely patient and encouraging coach!
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Rebecca S.

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About Kathleen B.

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Extensive experience teaching Accent Reduction for non-native English speakers who need to be able to speak English clearly for business and academic purposes.

About Kathleen
I am a classically-trained opera singer. I have a Bachelors and Masters in Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy (teaching), and have sung professionally in the U.S. and Europe. I have sung Opera, Operetta, Musical Theater and Concerts, as well as choral and cantorial singing. I have been a finalist and winner of vocal competitions in both the United States and Europe.
I have been teaching voice since 1980, and have worked with students of all ages, from 14 to 75. I have also directed and designed for musical theater and opera. Because I love singing, I want to bring that to my students as well, whatever kind of music they want to sing. I love children, but I do not work with girls or boys younger than 14.

In addition to music, I also teach English (ESL), Accent Reduction, German, U.S. & World History. I have my CBEST C
redential And ESL Certification. I do private tutoring and teach classes.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that learning how to breath is the key to good singing. After 3 months of study, my students will have learned how to breathe, which improves both their singing and speaking voices. Good breathing is the key to good singing and a healthy voice. With a healthy, well-trained voice, my students can be valuable members of any vocal ensemble, and enjoy their singing, For solo singing, good breathing is most important, whether singing opera, musical theater or pop music, because it gives a beautiful, full quality to the voice.
I always begin a lesson with warm-up exercises, to check breathing and vocal placement. Once the (vocal) engine is warmed-up, then we begin to sing. I try to get to know my students, so that, together, we can choose music that will enable them to reach their goals and is both fun and challenging for them to sing.

In addition to music, I also teach English (ESL), Accent Reduction, German, U.S. & World History. I have my CBEST Credential And ESL Certification. I do private tutoring and teach classes.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate studio with Piano
I have a MacBook Pro laptop computer + stereo speakers, to provide recorded accompaniment, when necessary.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If a student wishes to have on-site lessons, I require that a piano or keyboard be available for the lessons.
I usually travel with my MacBook Pro laptop computer & stereo speakers, to provide recorded accompaniment, when necessary.

*** Specialties ***
I am a trained opera/oratorio singer, but I teach Broadway, Pop, choral and classical singers.

I have had many international students who didn't speak English well. Music is an international language that helps me communicate with all of my students!
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Elizabeth (Betsy) June 3, 2016
· Singing · In studio
I took away a whole array of new strategies and techniques to help preserve my voice and to increase my range. What a surprise- I had no idea I could sing so high!! Kathleen is a wonderful teacher and a really super lady. I'll be back for more lessons in the fall.
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Nadia N. August 10, 2015
· Singing · In studio
My daughter is really enjoying her voice lessons. Kathleen is a talented, caring teacher and knows how to make the process effective and fun for my daughter. My daughter loves being able to choose the songs she wants to learn, and this collaborative process keeps her quite interested and inspired.
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Leah Y. L. May 6, 2014
· Singing ·
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Mrs. B is a wonderful and dedicated teacher who focuses diligently during class sessions. She thoroughly explains terms and technique and is friendly and sociable. Her extensive knowledge of languages comes extremely useful in Italian arias and other folk songs as to explain the meanings of words and to convey motion. Her classes are enjoyable and fun, while still being comprehensively academic.
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Kathleen B.

Kathleen B.

Menlo Park, CA 94025
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About Matthew H.

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Pittsburgh, PA

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Using phonetic tools and charts, I help students achieve a more natural American English pronunciation tailored to individual strengths and weaknesses. I work with the student's base language as a point of comparison and help in all aspects of the English from basic sound structures to more complicated intonation in different types of sentences.

I've been teaching accent reduction lessons for about 6 years now, and have seen many people of all different backgrounds improve.

About Matthew
I am a world traveler with over 13 years of tutoring experience. I also have weight trained for about 15 years. Currently working on my PhD in sociolinguistics at the University of Pittsburgh, I received my MA in Spanish from NYU and can help you with many different areas. My experience as an editor for a publishing company, combined with other professional experience in a variety of positions, allow me to offer students a unique perspective on diverse subjects.

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*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons with me are structured, yet flexible, centering around your specific strengths and weaknesses. Since everything is catered around your individual needs, no two students share the same exact experience. I learn what works best for you based on your study habits, interests, and personality and implement any necessary assignments to help you achieve the best possible results. I adopt a very hands-on approach and provide you with additional information and avenues (both creative and technological) to continue learning beyond our sessions in a fun way.

*** Studio Equipment ***
MacBook Pro with necessary Office Suite, PRAAT software, Skype and additional recording material; keyboard and amps; free weights and resistance bands.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Same as above: MacBook Pro with software; recording equipment as necessary.

*** Specialties ***
Languages- English, Spanish, Greek, Portuguese, Turkish, Aramaic.

Knowledge of historical and cultural elements of different groups of people.

Detail-oriented; strong analytical skills.

18 years experience as a vocalist, 9 Bel Canto technique (Full Lyric Tenor)

15 years of physical fitness training (strength, HIIT, cardio, etc.)
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Farrah May 31, 2018
· Linguistics · In home
Matthew is a wonderful teacher due to his ability to relate the material to your own experiences and understandings. He's very skilled at recognizing students' areas of difficulty and addressing them with ease. He's also passionate about what he does and his students walk away with this same passion for learning! Highly recommended!
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Reaji A. October 10, 2015
· Writing · In studio
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About Kelly M.

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Zionsville, IN

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I've worked with dozens of students on English accent training with great success! I take a very prescriptive approach by focusing on specific pronunciation structures in order to guide my students toward native-like pronunciation in English.

About Kelly
Kelly is a highly skilled teacher who is bilingual in Spanish and English and certified to teach children, teens, and adults. With over 9 years of experience teaching around the globe, Kelly has developed a deep passion for language education. Her teaching philosophy focuses on the creation of authentic, student-centered learning opportunities that guide promote long-term success. She is an enthusiastic, charismatic teacher who is eager to design the perfect course to help you reach your language goals!
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Alle June 13, 2018
· Spanish · Online
great teacher
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Ivana June 5, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
She is patient, polite, easy to talk to and has a lot of knowledge. She was more like my friend than my teacher, and she made learning fun. I loved taking her classes because it was never awkward. Most importantly she gave me good ideas on how to continue improving on my own.
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Simona June 4, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
She was spot on the problems. Thank you so much!
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Kelly M.

Kelly M.

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About Isabelle S.

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There is no such thing as speaking a language with the right accent. I am happy to help you with this.

About Isabelle
I am a native French speaker born in France; I have lived in the USA since 2000 and speak English fluently. I teach both French and English as a Second Language (ESL). I am used to teaching/ coaching/ interacting with students of all ages (9-80+) and with professionals in a corporate environment. In fact I have worked in-countries and remotely with people located in France, Poland, India, Canada, Guatemala and Brazil. I speak some Spanish and German, and that might help you as well, depending on your background. I am happy to add a cultural dimension to the language support. For Life Coaching lessons, I draw from my experience and best practices. I will share simple yet highly effective tips and approaches to help you meet your needs.

For best results; I recommend a minimum of 2 (two) 45-minute sessions per week. I look for students
sincerely interested in making great strides and committed.

Happy to start any time soon. THX for visiting my profile. Questions welcome!
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Angela I. May 11, 2018
· French · Online
I had a great first conversation class with Isabelle. I didn’t notice the time pass.
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· French · Online
Very adaptable, and patient teacher
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Paula March 29, 2018
· French · Online
I had studied French 30 years ago and wanted to relearn conversational French. Isabelle has been very flexible in customizing lessons to fit my ability and personality. I am learning to speak about practical, real-life situations. The lessons are fun, and I am seeing progress each week. I highly recommend Isabelle!
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About Henry M.

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San Jose, CA

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Broadcast Journalist with more than 30 years speaking experience. CTESOL certified language professional with experience teaching all levels.

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Award winning journalist and teacher with international experience, having lived and worked in both Europe and the United States. Certified teacher with experience in all levels and with all ages.
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Shaun June 19, 2018
· German · Online
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Jacek March 16, 2018
· English · In home
I am very satisfied and happy
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Blake H. December 29, 2017
· German · Online
The past five months spent with Henry teaching me my second language has been worthwhile. My decision to choose him as my instructor has paid off exponentially. He immediately immerses you in the language and steadily increases your exposure as you gain proficiency. This is exactly what I was looking for in a teacher, someone to push and challenge me to learn but also there when I was having difficulty.

As someone who has zero experience with the German language he definitely provided the firm foundation I needed to confidently continue my studies alone. I have no doubt when the time comes for more lessons I will revert back to Henry.

Er ist ein sehr guter Lehrer!
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San Jose, CA 95113
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About Alexandra W.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I use a variety of tools for accent reduction, including but not limited to: IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet), visual and written notation, physical exercises, and recordings.

About Alexandra
Alexandra has a BA from the University of Southern California (Recipient of Doolittle Award: Outstanding Female Performer of graduating class) and an MFA from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. Acting has taken her to Paris, London, and Moscow and has given her the opportunity to work with exceptional artists, such as Neil Patrick Harris, Neil Gaiman, Scott Zigler, and Kevin Bright. She coaches students privately and is currently teaching at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and The New York Film Academy. She is also a monthly column contributor to the popular online arts magazine, Bleep.
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Karthik J. June 14, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
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Bryan June 6, 2018
· Speaking Voice · In studio
This was my first class with Alexandra.
She is wonderful and I’m very excited about our future classes.
I’m thrilled that I found her.
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Susan May 21, 2018
· Meditation · Online
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About Bill P.

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Yalaha, FL

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"UNLEASH THE POWER OF YOUR SPEAKING VOICE"
My intense accent reduction personal voice/speech makeover lessons will help reduce accents, and improve weak, thin or harsh, irritating voices. If you drop consonants, mumble, do not correctly open your jaw to make proper sounds, or fear speaking in public, I will teach you the solutions.

Speakers of other languages will learn the use of proper American diction, enunciation and pronunciation of all words. Clear, clean accents are the goal, so that you are clearly understood by all, and speak with renewed confidence...without fear. .

Study is easy. I will forward to you, in advance, each lesson via email that we will work on for each session. Then, we'll meet with my live interactive lessons that let us view each other in real time. That means instant teacher/student feedback and quick vocal improvement.

This one-on-one personal voice makeover gives you the basic tools to improve your overall voice, speech and sound. ...

About Bill
Award winning national Radio/TV personality and voice over talent for more than 25 years.

Voice heard in thousands of national Radio/TV commercials, infomercials, corporate DVDs, CD Roms, & videos for The Golf Channel, Disney, Universal Studios, Sea World, U.S.Army, Delta Airlines, Windjammer Cruises, Darden Restaurants, Lowes, Time Warner Cable and many more.

15 years as Master Of Ceremonies/Comedian for touring variety show performing in over 1200 USA shows in 29 states.

National/Regional guest lecturer/speaker.

Professor, teaching broadcast/speech courses for 15 years at the University Of Central Florida.

BA--Radio & TV--Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana.

My extensive teaching, on air and performing experience will give you the winning voice/spech edge in your career and personal life.
Let me help you...

UNLEASH THE POWER OF YOUR SPEAKING VOICE!
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Dawn June 5, 2018
· Voice Acting · Online
Great first class! I’m excited to learn more!
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Sharla May 23, 2018
· Speaking Voice · Online
I enjoyed my first lesson. He helped me pinpoint some of the voice problems and offered practical solutions and homework to address these. I had a lot of fun too with my first lesson.
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Rob March 22, 2018
· Voice Acting · Online
After one lesson, I can tell that Bill is the coach for me. As a coach myself, I value someone who will help me get right to the heart of the problem and hold me accountable for my own progress. Thanks Bill.
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About Amanda K.

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In lessons for accent reduction, students can expect a positive experience where they don't have to be afraid to make mistakes. They will learn how to speak with a more fluid American English accent at their own pace through various exercises.

About Amanda
Hello! My name is Amanda, but I prefer to be called Mandy, and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2016, and have loved helping my students become more confident in their skills and have fun learning something new. I'm a high school graduate who is currently attending college to become a DEA agent. I'm an enthusiastic and patient person, and my teaching style is usually fun, encouraging, and upbeat. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Isabella May 1, 2017
· Flexibility Training · Online
Today was our first lesson and it went very well. My daughter really liked the instructor and is looking forward to the next lesson.
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About Marie M.

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San Francisco, CA
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Hollywood Film and Broadway Actress/Singer now in Silicon Valley has coached hundreds of students: performers, engineers, and business people. A lot of patience, encouragement, and positive support with a splash of fun is the best environment to transform self-consciousness to self-confidence.

Uniquely as an Asian-American actress, many of my roles required me to speak many languages and to put on a foreign accent that would convince a global audience. Using the IPA, the international phonetic alphabet, I applied a solid technique in decoding an accent, and then applying it to my voice. Having worked with foreign-born scientists, engineers, and business people, I apply the same technique.

If you feel your English is holding you back and tired of people saying, “What did you say?”, I want to help and guide you. We will customize your lessons, finally, hear and help you adjust your tongue and mouth precisely, and create a workout space where you can risk a thousand times ...

About Marie
A native Californian, Marie is most known for her starring role in Warner Bros’ THE ART OF WAR as Julia with Wesley Snipes. Marie was handpicked by producer Cameron MacIntosh at her first professional audition for the Broadway show MISS SAIGON. Acting in films that have grossed over $400M, she has worked with Oscar, Tony, and Grammy award winning directors, producers and talent with companies such as Paramount, Fox and Warner Brothers. Has worked with talent with both Michael Mann and Oliver Stone twice each, Mark Wahlberg, and Ben Affleck.
Marie, as founder of a performing arts conservatory in downtown LA, she taught voice to hundreds of children for 10 years. Hollywood studios often called the conservatory to find talent including Steven Spielberg’s Memoirs of a Geisha. Notable alumni include Monica Parales (Nickelodeon star, recor
ding artist), Melissa Reyes (Who’s the Next Pussycat ) and Nikki Soohoo (Peter Jackson’s Lovely Bones).
Having studied linguistics at UCLA and with the best voice teachers in the country from the Berklee College of Music to the Cleveland Institute of Music, Marie has clear knowledge of the anatomy of the voice, the articulators, and the specificity in creating phonemes. Her undergraduate foundation in Engineering and graduate degree in Business uniquely positions her to coach clients working in those fields.
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Lincoln March 22, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
Marie is an excellent teacher! I’m a student from China and currently studying MFA acting for film in New York. I’ve lived in America for more than 4 years. My English has gotten better after finishing college here in 2017. However, since I’m an actor now, sometimes I’m required to play roles without my thick Chinese accent in the way. With Marie’s help, my pronunciation has improved a lot in the past a few weeks. My American classmates say that my articulation is getting much better now. And I’m still just working on it!
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Ari March 16, 2018
· Accent Reduction · In studio
Marie is a dedicated, giving and conscientious instructor. Students really benefit from her time and expertise.
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Lincoln Fu February 27, 2018
· Accent Reduction · Online
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Marie M.

San Francisco, CA 94112
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