What People Are Saying About SMART American Accent Training
Native Mongolian Speaker
"I would say to my friends, colleagues and co-workers . . . Speech Modification is the most important class for all international students, workers and non-native English speakers. It was the most interesting, helpful, useful, and professional class I have ever taken before."
Native Spanish Speaker
"Learning about error patterns, how to correct them, and what things I needed to correct helped me to be more confident speaking English. I learned a lot and what I learned helps me to understand and improve my speech!"
Technical Manager, Native Russian Speaker
"Christine was an excellent teacher and helped me a lot with reduction of my heavy Russian accent. The results are very noticeable on my everyday life. I definitely would recommend he to any non-native speaker who want to sound more clear for an American ear."
Charles Tay, Graduate Student
Native of Singapore
""Outstanding" is a word that I would use to describe my training experience with Christine.
I was fortunate to find Christine to help me with accent-reduction a few years ago. A dedicated trainer, she has done a remarkable job in identifying and targeting the areas that I needed to improve on. A friendly and warm person, Christine made every training session enjoyable for me, and she is someone that I can approach for advice even after my program was over.
I would definitely recommend Christine to anyone who wants to reduce accent or improve communication skills in general!"
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Native Japanese Speaker
"At the first assessment, Christine was quick to pin point weaknesses in my speech/pronunciation pattern. Then she specifically targeted to improve the weaknesses first. Her approach was very efficient. I highly recommend to work with her!"
Founder & CEO at Beyonic, Inc
"My new role at my job required increased public speaking and increased communication with potential partners and customers. I heard about Christine's coaching online, and reached out. I didn't regret it. Her coaching's personalized and flexible. She worked around my travel schedule and made the effort to understand my specific needs and tailor sessions just for me. I cannot recommend her services highly enough."
"Christine is a great coach! Her classes are very structured, but fun at the same time. She is very flexible with schedules and always offers a lot of additional materials. I learned so many different things from her. She made me feel more confident in professional and personal conversations. "
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Native Hungarian Speaker
"Christine is a highly qualified and excellent trainer. She helped me to find my accent issues and to improve my pronunciation skills. She provided me with exercises to achieve my goals quickly. I can use her helpful advices ever since for further improvement on daily bases.
I'm happy that I found Christine and I highly recommend her as a personal trainer."
"Christine Dunbar is a professional speech therapist who understands subtle differences in pronunciation of the English speakers from different regions as well as people whose primary language is not English. Her quick and prompt diagnosis of problems with my accents, which I was not aware of, helped me to correct myself tremendously in my professional presentations and conversations. "
Krishnan P. Iyer
"Christine, I enjoyed your session at WeWork yesterday. You solved in less than a minute what I had been trying to understand for the last 30 years in the US! I appreciate it."
Each week, you will receive new lessons for improving your American Accent. We will guide you through learning the accent error patterns you have, how to correct them, and how to practice efficiently and effectively for a real change in your speech.
Videos, MP3 Downloads, and More
Each lesson includes between 1 and 10 videos to help you learn new concepts, practice speech techniques, and develop your listening and pronunciation skills. MP3 Downloads let you practice anytime, anywhere. Quizzes and interactive course materials enhance your learning.
More Than Just Pronunciation
Not only will you dramatically improve your pronunciation in American English, you will learn many other aspects of accent and communication, including intonation, soft skills, and how Americans really talk in fluent speech.
Week 1: Introduction to Accent Error patterns for Pronunciation (Final Z)
Week 2: Introduction to American English Intonation
Weeks 1 and 2 Generalization: Next Steps for your Initial Pronunciation and Intonation Targets
Week 3: Introduction to American Vowel Sounds
Week 4: American R, Applying Intonation
Weeks 3 and 4 Generalization: Next Steps for Vowels and Intonation
Week 5: American TH and Intonation for Longer Words: Syllable Stress
Final Z: Overview Video
Lesson 1: Final Z (Pronunciation Target)
Lesson 2: Letter S: /s/ or /z/ sound?
Lesson 3: Next Steps for Final Z: Plurals
Lesson 4: Pronouncing Plurals Worksheet
Lesson 5: Quiz: /s/ and /z/ sounds
Lesson 5 Quiz Part 2: Letter S Paragraph - Find the /z/ sounds.
Lesson 6: Additional Repeated Phrase Practice for Final Z
Lesson 7: Using Reading to Practice Pronunciation
PDF for Lesson 7: Reading Practice - Final Z
Final Z Pronunciation MP3's
Final Z word list
Voiced and Voiceless Sounds
Lesson 1: Word Stress Carries Meaning
Lesson 2: Small Talk (Intonation Practice)
Lesson 3: Stress Content Words (Intonation Practice)
Lesson 4: Intonation Target Phrase: How are you?
Lesson 5: Which Words to Stress (Interactive Activity)
Which Words to Stress (PDF Version)
Lesson 6: Using Pitch
Using Pitch in Statements
Small Talk Intonation MP3's
Lesson 1: How to Practice
Speech Practice Tracking - Practice Tracking - Sample
Lesson 2: Generalization (How to Take Your Skills to the Next Level)
Final D (Pronunciation Target)
Vowel Length Before Voiced Consonants (Pronunciation and Intonation)
Linking practice for Final Z and Final D
Final Voiced Sounds /b,d,g,v,dʒ/
Final Voiced Sounds MP3's
Lesson 1: American Vowel Sounds (Overview)
Lesson 2: Vowel Sounds, Not Vowel Letters (Vowel Anchors)
Vowels_ Focus on Sounds, Not Spelling
Vowels_ Focus on Sounds Answer Key
Lesson 3: Vowel /ɪ/
Find the words with Vowel ɪ
Lesson 4: Vowel /i/
Vowel /i/ and Vowel /ɪ/ MP3's
Vowel ɪ and Vowel i word lists
Vowel ɪ paragraph
Vowel Quadrangle Vowel Anchors
Lesson 1: American R
Lesson 2: R in the Middle and Ends of Words (Vowel "er")
Lesson 3: Retroflex vs. Bunched R
American R MP3's
Initial R word list
vowel er words
Lesson 4: Intonation for Statements, Changing Meaning
Lesson 5: Introducing Yourself (Applying Intonation)
Lesson 1: Clear and Reduced Vowel Sounds (How Intonation Affects Pronunication of Vowels)
Lesson 2: Stressed Vowel Rules (Spelling)
Most common words_ Vowels
Lesson 1: Voiceless Th /θ/
Lesson 2: Voiced Th /ð/
Lesson 3: Intonation for Longer Words: Syllable Stress
Lesson 4: Syllable Stress (Interactive Activity)
Syllable Stress Sorting Activity (PDF)
Lesson 5: Nouns and Verbs: Syllable Stress Patterns
Voiceless TH Word List
Voiced TH Word List
American TH Downloads
Lesson 1: Initial T
Lesson 2: Final T
Lesson 3: Medial T
Lesson 4: Linking American T
Lesson 5: "Real Talk" (How Americans Really Talk in Fluent Speech)
American T Word List
American T downloads
Soft Skills for Professionals - Direct and Indirect Language
Business and Tech Vocabulary
Business and Tech Word practice, sorted by Pronunciation Targets
Consonants of American English - IPA, common spelling, sample words
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