Does Your Accent Hold You Back? Improve Your Accent Today!
Heavy accents, slurred speech or talking too fast can cause listeners to become prejudiced. It’s not just your speech; it’s the listeners’ ears.
You can learn techniques to correct your errors and change your speech habits, so people can become more interested in what you are saying instead of how you are saying it.
For over 30 years, I've had the privilege to have worked with thousands of performers who study with me from all over the world. I teach in-studio at my two locations in Houston and in The Woodlands, Texas. I also work with students who come to me from all over the globe via online over-the-web Skype lessons.
Originally from Detroit, I enjoyed being a "Jack of all styles" singer/musician for over 15 years. I was a professional musician performing Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Gospel, Musical Theater, Commercial and Studio work, along with being very involved in Contemporary Christian music. While I very much loved to perform, I found myself drawn much more to the joy of teaching. Vocal instruction and improvisational piano teaching eventually became my passion, and so I've poured my time and energies into teaching singers and players to
I have been singing in Choirs and Bands for a number of years and learned more about my voice and singing properly in a 45 minute session with Eric than I have in all my years of performing. I now understand why I have been struggling to sing in my upper register and Eric has put together a personalized program to help me develop my voice and gain back my vocal range. Eric has a great sense of humor and made the session very enjoyable as well as informative. I look forward to my next session and would highly recommend Eric as an instructor.
Working on pronunciation helps you speak more naturally and also helps you listen and understand others.
Reasons why you should choose me as your teacher:
- I have 15 years of professional experience teaching as a TESOL certified English instructor for adults from almost every country in the world.
- I was born and raised in Los Angeles, so I have a very standard North American accent that I can help you get.
- I am an expat living in Barcelona trying to master 2 local, foreign languages as an adult, so I understand my students’ challenges very well.
- I graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a degree in Communications, so I will help you communicate effectively for your needs and translate your personality into English.
- I am also a certified lifestyle coach, so I specialize in helping people with low confidence and nervousness.
- I'm an energetic and patient person, and my teaching is fun, flexible, an
d full of useful information.
- I am a grammar expert and I will help you clean up your mistakes.
- I am a member of a teaching association with huge database of materials, so I am always prepared with exercises and activities that are exactly what you need to improve your skills.
Does this sound like the teacher you’re looking for? Do you want to make sure I’m the right teacher for you? Please send me a message to tell me how I can specifically help you achieve your goals. There’s no obligation to sign up. Talk to you soon!
Just finished the first class on accent reduction with Michelle. She is AMAZING! She put herself in my shoes, trying to analyze the pronunciation pattern in my own language, encouraging me to take a moment to reward myself for the efforts and achievements along the English learning journey. Most importantly, she is professional d exceptional in interactive teaching. Thanks again Michelle.
April 28, 2017
I have so much fun talking with her.
April 10, 2017
I really enjoyed my lesson with Michelle. She is a great tutor with her special skill. The only reason I did not give her a 5 starts at this time is because I want to finish more sessions to truly give her a 5 star from bottom of my heart. I would love to continue my journey with her and I am faithful I will improve quickly with her help.
If English is not your first language, or if you have a regional accent that you feel is keeping you from reaching your goals, then Accent Reduction coaching may be for you. I can help you to soften your accent to blend in to your community of choice more easily by providing exercises, practice techniques, and memory mnemonics that will help you find the voice you want to use.
--------------- I also teach Online via Skype or FaceTime! ------------------
Hello! Thanks for visiting my Takelessons profile. Let me start off by telling you a bit about myself: I have been performing for over 25 years as a musician, acting since I was a small boy, and working consistently with public speaking, accent reduction and other presentational skills throughout my career. I started my musical education as a woodwind player and settled in to the wonderful world of singing over time. Music has opened me up to so many incredible opportunities from touring the world to performing in marvelous concert halls and working with some of today's most respected artists, as well as giving me the opportunity to expand my performance skills through acting in various plays, musicals, television, and film.
Performing has absolutely b
een my salvation! Throughout my life it has been a best friend and constant source of joy, and I share this gift with others so that it might help them to find the same joy. After more than 10 years of teaching, I have so many new experiences to draw from and share with my students. I spent nearly 10 years performing with Disney in California and abroad in their Tokyo Disney cast, and I must say that those experiences, vast and varied as they are, have given the word "performance" a depth that I couldn't have imagined. Those experiences have made me excited to dive into every lesson with fresh ideas that will mesh well with many tried and tested teaching techniques.
Originally from Los Angeles, I now reside in Orange County and I'm proud to have expanded my studio to serving clients all over the world with online lessons via Skype and FaceTime! I get such joy from sharing my experiences with a diverse group of people from so many walks of life. If you're interested in learning more about my lesson style, feel free to contact me and I'd be happy to talk with you about a plan to help you reach your goals!
For Students of Voice: Teaching Style
Over the past several years I have focused much of my personal growth on developing my ears' ability to pick out and pinpoint vocal “placement”, resonance, subtleties of timbre, changes in pitch, breath support, air speed and flow, pronunciation and diction, and in general, the way in which all of these work together to create style. From these assessments, I work with the student’s particular needs to address each area individually and based on the learning style of each person. To illustrate to the student their method as I see and hear it, as well as ways in which they might make changes to facilitate the ease of singing --be they changes of tessitura (range), length of phrase, tone color, the release of unnecessary tension etc.-- I make use of vocalise (vocal exercises), simile and metaphor, examples from recorded performances, demonstration, self assessment, and techniques to “trick” the voice into acting in a different way, in addition to videos, diagrams, and texts on anatomy and physiology. I feel that all of these tools provide a unique and personalized learning experience for each student.
I have experience tutoring Filipinos and Koreans in developing English fluency and accent reduction. My own practice in learning accents for acting, then in real life practice while living abroad, has equipped me to help others develop their own skill.
I have been signing since 1998, spending every chance I can among my Deaf friends and immersing myself in the language as often as possible. I received my BA in Music with a certification to teach at Lubbock Christian University in 1998. Later I attended the Interpreter Certification program at Burlington County College in New Jersey from 2009-2011, and during that time took a summer course at Gallaudet University for the Deaf in Washington DC. Then in 2014 I received my MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with Instructional Technology from Houston Baptist University. I have been teaching ASL at the high school level since 2011. I am also one of the interpreters for the Deaf at my church in Fort Bend County, TX, outside of Houston, where I am a member and actively involved in the Deaf Ministry.
Please feel free to ask me any questions y
ou have. I'm happy to get back with you, and I look forward to teaching you!
Hoping to learn to reduce your accent and communicate more clearly and efficiently? I would love to help. I am a certified Speech-Language Pathologist and have 9 years of experience.
All ages and skill levels are welcome. Lessons will focus mostly on pronunciation and other areas of speech production. Learning the English language will not be the focus, but I will help to answer any vocabulary and grammar questions you have.
All lessons are individualized and tailored for each student's goals and preferences. The overarching goal of my accent modification lessons is for your speech to be better understood but not to completely eliminate your accent, as it is part of who you are.
I hope that I can help you reach your goals as quickly as possible. I look forward to meeting and working with you.
I am a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) and have been practicing for over 8 years. I have a Master's degree in speech-language pathology, and my minor in college was American Sign Language (ASL).
I have spent much of the last 6 years doing online speech and language therapy with cyber school students. This experience has helped to develop my skills and familiarity with tele-therapy, which can be just as effective as face-to-face therapy.
In graduate school, I provided accent modification therapy with non-native English speakers who worked as graduate assistants and teachers. I also have substantial experience working with adults of all ages on speech and language skills (among others) in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and outpatient clinics.
Practice makes progress. I will help to provide you with the skills you need to
improve your English pronunciation, rhythm and intonation, and overall speaking skills for increased clarity in conversations and work settings. I will also give you activities to do on your own. Your commitment to your goals during and outside of lessons will contribute in a large part to how much progress you make and how quickly you make it.
Just a little more about me: I enjoy traveling, reading, yoga, movies, animals, and being with my family. I also enjoy meeting new people and learning about different cultures and languages.
If you are interested in working with me, please send me a message. I hope to meet you soon!
Angie is a great teacher. She is warm, accessible, enthusiastic and caring. She will customize the lesson to fit your needs, and often times, even go the extra mile of researching and providing any extra contents that can help you. She will pick up even the minute details and help you change. Of course change is not easy, but knowing is truly half the battle. Thank you Angie for making the class so enjoyable!
August 28, 2018
Angie - Excellent Teacher !! Very knowledgeable in her area and understands the needs, explains things very well. I can see the improvement in my accent reduction already. I will be speaking in American Accent very soon :)
Want to sound more like a native English speaker?? I would really love the opportunity to help you improve your English abilities. I believe in using examples, scenarios, conversation and visual aids to keep the class interesting. I listen to students needs in order to let you guide the lesson topics to where your learning needs and goals will be achieved. I am just a subject matter expert and a facilitator of your learning. I believe strongly in the value of education, self-learning and continuous learning. You will be a better learner if you approach each topic from your interests and from a discovery approach. You may find that learning English while also learning about other topics (business, careers, hobbies, interests, travel, culture, etc.) makes it more valuable.
Hello! I am an accounting/finance/human resources specialist with 20 years experience working in government and business. I have finished a Ph.D. in finance and I enjoy teaching online part-time. I most enjoy helping students with test preparation such as IELTS/TOEFL/GMAT. I also enjoy helping you understand homework in accounting and finance from high school to MBA level. I help students improve business English as well as intermediate and advanced level conversational English. Please feel free to ask me any questions you have.
I have 6+ years of experience successfully working with individuals on improving their speech and language skills. I have a very fine tuned ear and a passion for teaching pronunciation skills. I also have a natural ability to connect with others, wherever they are starting and help them set functional and achievable goals.
My name is Kelly. I am an experienced speech and language specialist with a passion for helping you pinpoint your pronunciation goals and then helping you set and achieve meaningful goals as quickly as possible. I will make our session not only fun but relevant to what you are passionate about doing in life! I have a trained ear and a variety of simple yet innovative teaching strategies that will help you to know where to start and where to go when it comes to perfecting your pronunciation.
I am a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist here to help you with all of your speech improvement needs! I love getting to know new people and hearing about their passions, hopes and dreams. Most accent reduction clients want to improve their speech in order to improve their lives for the better. I love watching my clients progress and growth!
I am a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. I received my Masters Degree from Queens College in 2009 and have been providing various speech and language treatment for almost 10 years. I am ASHA (American Speech and Hearing Association) certified. I have spent the last 3 years teaching speech online with an online therapy company for children. Prior to that time, I worked with adults providing face-to-face speech therapy. I am currently trying to combine both passions - working to help adults and children perfect their speech. Although it is difficult to provide an exact number of sessions or amount of time it will take to correct your speech, I strive to be as transparent as possible with your treatment plan and prognosis.
"I recommend Hunter to all who want to get rid of their foreign accents and sound more american. When I started this process, I thought I was a lost cause.
Now, with Hunter's coaching, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I had been in the US for two decades without much improvement in my accent, and in just 6 sessions with her I started seeing a positive difference. If you tried and failed to improve your accent in the past, try a few sessions with Hunter. She has the knowledge, the experience, and the compassion to succeed where other coaches have failed. Changing how you speak can be very daunting and frustrating but, if you trust her system, you can do it. Give yourself 10 lesson/hour with Hunter and you'll most definitely see a big change. Cheers."
"Steve has helped our son improve his speech in record time. It took us about a year to find a person who could help us with the very specific task of guid
ing a teenager toward using a more formal speech in general, in terms of both vocabulary and pronunciation. English is our second language, and Steve has been incredibly creative in finding ways to show our child how to improve his management of the English language. My child's self-confidence is growing, as is his academic commitment in general."
"Extremely professional and structured. Loved the lesson"
"Wow! Sara is an excellent tutor! She knew how to pass her knowledge to me and she taught me various tricks on how to reduce my Greek accent. Highly recomm
"Gabriel's technique of teaching is great! After each session, i feel I am improving my English speaking.
"Love the lessons with Sara Ann - informative, interesting, and always helpful! She is a true speech master who can clearly identify what is missing and fi
nd excellent tools to fix it. of My first language is Russian and I was always excited to minimize its presence when I speak English. I tried some online videos but realized unless someone in person points you to what exactly sounds wrong, there won't be any results. Sara Ann is awesome in explaining details and makes it all smooth and easy. I can really see improvements. Highly recommend!"