There is nothing wrong with having an accent. We all have them. An accent is only a problem if it interferes with your social interactions, career goals, or everyday activities.
But here's the thing. Many Americans really do have trouble understanding other accents. Sometimes I have a lot of trouble understanding British speakers and we both speak English as a native language! You may have experienced this yourself. Is it harder for you to understand a speaker from New York? Do you turn up the TV when an actor with a southern accent is on the screen?
We all know how frustrating it can be when we don't understand what someone is trying to say.
Sometimes an accent just gets in the way.
If you answered, "yes" to any of these questions, your accent is interfering with your life.
An accent is just a set of substitutions. You take sounds, rhythms, and intonations from your native language and use them in English where they just don't fit. Once you know which sounds are giving you an accent, you know what you need to practice.
Lots of practice using sounds and concepts of English that don't exist in your native language. Our practice lessons are effective because they are the right kind of practice, designed by a Speech-Pathologist to target the sounds of English in all contexts.
Great speech only matters if you can use it in real-life situations. We will teach you to correctly pronounce the most common words in English and show you how to apply what you have learned to make your new accent natural, consistent, and permanent.
"The Accent Channel is efficient and it works. You don’t have to practice for hours every day, 15 min a day is more than enough to learn the American accent in a couple of months. "
"My pronunciation is much clearer now and I have forgotten the last time I was not understood. I am even getting compliments about my presentations at work. I feel very comfortable with my speech and finally can focus on what to say rather than how to say it."
"Wow! This is exactly what I had been doing! Amazing how you could correct my way of pronouncing words without meeting me. Thanks so much for your feedback."
"I never dreamed that I would hear so much improvement and get such personal attention from an online course. My students want to thank you for making me so much easier to understand when I am teaching!"
"Clear explanations, convenient format...what more can I say? The program works and you make it easy. Thanks again."
"As an agent, I work with many models who also have acting careers. I know that having an accent can be a deal breaker when it comes to landing an acting job. When one of our models needs to lose an accent, I refer them to The Accent Channel and immediately hear the progress. The method is effective and produces noticeable, sometimes miraculous, results. "
"After having tried not less than 7 Accent Reduction Programs, (after researching not less than 80 programs) I can say with confidence, that this program stands heads and shoulders above the many others out there. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would be willing to give the Accent Channel a 20 because it certainly exceeds all expectations."
"Working with The Accent Channel approach has made me believe we can improve and perfect our speech. This simple method breaks down the English language and its sounds to a cellular level. And yes, it takes work on your part. But it's smart work. And lots of fun."
"The Accent Channel can be your magic tool (you need to practice every day, of course). Each lesson gives you very clear explanations about how American English should sound and what you need physically to do which is very important for building "the American-English mouth."
Jessica Kijowski Elson, MS, CCC-SLP is an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist who has perfected the speech of award winning actors, models, voice over artists, corporate executives, lawyers, teachers, diplomats and professional voice users from all over the world. Her user-friendly method of speech improvement has been proven to deliver immediate change and lasting results.
After earning a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2000 and completing an internship focused the vocal rehabilitation of actors and singers, Jessica began her career as an Accent and Dialect Specialist at New York Speech Improvement Services and The Sam Chwat Speech Center in New York City. She worked with thousands of students during her 11 years at the center before opening her own private practice in New York City. Jessica has also been an Adjunct Professor of Voice and Diction at New York University.
Jessica develops and teaches online American Accent courses through The Accent Channel. Her dialect work with actors can be seen in feature and independent films, in commercials, on television, and on the stage.