“If I were to recommend a career investment to any foreign speaker, it would be to take an accent reduction class through the Accent Reduction Center. Taking the class was a big eye opener in my personal and professional life. I learned to distinguish the difference between the words cat and cut, to listen and correct myself when talking, to polish my accent and flow of conversation through the various techniques; such as linking the words.
Every lesson given was like a cool piece of technology one cannot wait to use. My instructor was amazing, full of energy, empathic, respectful, and very professional. Although my instructor had an agenda to meet, she was always alert to my needs and crafted the lessons accordingly.
At the professional level, my confidence increased greatly. I feel more comfortable training new employees, supervising and providing feedback to projects led by native speakers, consulting about business strategies to our company’s various clients, and above all I feel my ideas are actually being understood by my boss. In fact, I haven’t seen the confused look on my boss’ face for a long time now!
Taking this accent reduction class was the most important step I took for my career. ”
Enrique Sandoval – Peru
Director of Consulting
Eastern Idaho Entrepreneurial Center
“Although there are a lot of different accent reduction programs and instructors, I should say my accent reduction coach Annie was the most professional one because of her years of experience and special expertise in linguistics. She has a very in-depth knowledge not only of how to train correct pronunciation but she also knew why I pronounced things wrong. This helps a lot since it’s only when you know why you have that problem that you can find the right cure to fix it. I am sure an English coach at this level is very hard to find. Also Annie really cares about the progress of the student’s improvements. She truly respects the students even though sometimes they make some really funny voices for a native speaker’s ear. ”
Amy Wang – China
Asetek USA Inc.
“I loved to work with my accent coach at the Accent Reduction Center. My trainers help and advices contributed to decreasing my accent throughout the sessions. The online conferencing worked well even though we have a long distance. Regarding the software program, I liked the record function because I was able to compare my recording to the original model. My instructor was so organized and excellent at providing me with helpful materials and resources. One of my favorite parts was to review every word that I had a problem with. Listening to my trainer’s model in sentences was very helpful in finding my errors. Also, I liked the practice in reading passages by focusing on natural intonation and accent because the practice was helpful in decreasing my accent in spontaneous speech. I think it is important to work on error sounds in a conversation level for ultimate natural carry-over. My trainer’s analysis and feedback was very useful throughout the sessions.”
Su Jin Lee – Korea