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Accent Modification Coaching

Taylor Speech & Language, LLC (TSL) is a corporate speech pathology private practice that specializes in helping clients learn to pronounce English in the American way.

 

  • If you have noticed that people often ask you to repeat what you said because they have difficulty understanding your accent, or

 

  • If you are concerned that your clients/patients may not follow your directions correctly because they cannot understand your pronunciation of American English, or

 

  • If you believe that your pronunciation of American English has caused you to be passed over for career advancement, promotions and/or other job opportunities, or

 

  • If you just think it is time to improve your American English pronunciation by reducing your accent, then, you definitely need Taylor Speech & Language!

 

Taylor Speech & Language can help you improve the way you communicate with a systematic program that is custom designed to suit your individual needs.  Improve your pronunciation of American English in the comfort of your home or office in traditional face-to-face sessions or via a computer with an Internet connection to your coach.  Feel more confident as you communicate with patients, clients, employees or employers.  Taylor Speech & Language can help you speak more clearly and help you to be confident as you communicate with others.

 

All accent modification training begins with an in-depth speech assessment which provides diagnostic information about your specific needs.  The assessment results are used to design a program specially designed to meet those needs.

 

Taylor Speech & Language is experienced in helping university students, computer professionals, educators and mathematicians.  Taylor Speech & Language can work for YOU!!!

About Accents

The term "accent" refers to the way a group of individuals who speak the same language sound when they speak.  This is natural for all language communities.  Speaking with an accent does not mean that a person has a speech or a language disorder.

Some accents are influenced by national origin (National Origin Accents).  Sometimes, when I person speaks English as a second language, the way they sound is affected by the way they speak their primary language.  For example, a person speaking English whose native language is Spanish will sound different from an individual whose native language is English.

Some accents are influenced by the area or region of a country that a person comes from.  For example, people who were raised in Brooklyn may sound different from people who come from Georgia.  Each individual was raised in the United States, and each speaks English; but they sound different from one another.  The way they speak English is influenced by Regional Accents.

Ask Yourself a Few Questions
  1. Do your listeners look confused when you speak to them?

  2. Do your listeners frequently ask you to repeat yourself or say something another way?

  3. Do your listeners ask you to write down what you were trying to say?

  4. Do your listeners just nod or say, "mmm-hmmm" without adding to the conversation?

  5. Do you sometimes make speaking errors that offend others (such as "dog" for "Doug)?

  6. Do you say single words clearly, but saying sentences is not understandable to listeners?

  7. Do you feel for confident communicating in writing than speaking?

  8. Do you prefer to communicate by text/e-mail rather than by telephone?

If you answered "Yes" to any one or more of the above questions, your accent may be getting in the way of clear communication with your colleagues or others in your world.  Contact Taylor Speech & Language to arrange for an assessment of your accented speech.

Which Foreign-Born Speakers of English Could Benefit from Accent Coaching?
  • Teachers (preschool through higher education)

  • Computer Programmers

  • Real Estate Professionals

  • Corporate Executives

  • Medical Professionals

  • IT Professionals

  • Actors

  • Clergy

  • others