I am here to guide you.
You're a motivated, hard-working professional who needs stronger communication skills in English.
You need to improve how you lead meetings and present your ideas. You'd like to sound more approachable and less direct.
You're well-educated and have already earned a Master's or Ph.D (or are planning to in the very near future).
Whether you're studying or teaching at an English-speaking university, you'd like to articulate and share your opinions and ideas so that you sound as intelligent as you actually are.
You want to participate confidently in discussions, give better presentations, and talk about your research so that people understand it (and you).
On top of that, you feel like something is missing when you make small talk with your coworkers or at conferences and networking events.
Truthfully, you would love to connect with your colleagues on a personal level and not feel so unnatural or worried about making mistakes.
Simply put, you want to feel more confident interacting with native English speakers. You're ready to express yourself more naturally.
Hi there! I'm Kim.
I’m an accent and communication coach for non-native English speakers.
My job is to help you clearly communicate your meaning through essential conversation skills and natural-sounding intonation as well as help you reduce your accent so that people can understand you easily.
Here's why this matters to me.
I know you're concerned about being polite, sounding professional, and may feel somewhat shy about speaking with native-speaking coworkers, classmates, and colleagues because it's possible you'll make a mistake or sound silly. That's because I have definitely been there myself.
Back in 2001, I was studying Spanish literature, writing long academic essays in Spanish, reading complex novels in Spanish, watching movies in Spanish, listening to my professor and classmates discuss ideas in Spanish.
You’ll notice I’m not mentioning one important part: speaking in Spanish. I was doing everything in my power to not speak Spanish.
Because I was embarrassed about how I sounded. I was shy about my accent. I was afraid of saying the wrong thing and offending someone.
But I wanted to become fluent in Spanish.
So I moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina to study there.
Despite studying Spanish for years, I could barely speak when I first arrived. And the high-level language I'd learned in school? Not exactly practical for real-life interactions.
I wanted to fit in, so I changed my approach: I started listening carefully to the language people used in everyday life. And then I started using it.
You need to talk the way native speakers do.
I soon realized that by learning the strategies and codes people use in conversation, I could get people to take me seriously even though I had an accent and occasionally made mistakes or chose the wrong word.
Let me be clear: I still have an accent and I’ve spent years living and working in Spanish-speaking countries! But you know what I’ve learned?
Sounding more natural is not about eliminating your accent completely.
It’s about reducing aspects of your pronunciation that distract from your message. It’s about learning the precise language that communicates your ideas effectively, and showing your listeners that you may be a non-native speaker, but you speak incredibly well.
I want to help you find the confidence I now have. I want to support you, encourage you and help you use English to achieve your goals.
I started English with Kim in 2014 because I realized language programs were not focusing on the real reasons you need to improve how you speak English: to connect to others, engage in natural conversation, and communicate clearly and effectively.
Since 2008, I’ve worked with English learners from all kinds of backgrounds (including kids!). I focus on non-native speakers living in the US and Canada because I want you to have better personal and professional opportunities. You belong here, and I want to help you feel like you finally fit in.
I have a Master’s degree with a TESOL certification and I'm an experienced accent reduction coach. Prior to graduate school, I spent three years working in a corporate firm in New York City.
I’ve lived in Chile, Peru, and Argentina and have traveled all around South America. I speak Spanish fluently, and I'm conversational in Portuguese. I love salsa dancing, yoga, biking, photography, embroidery, and books. I'm fascinated by cross-cultural communication and this deeply influences my work.
Work With Me
When you get started working with me, you’ll see that I am friendly, energetic, open-minded, and passionate. I want to inspire your curiosity about the way we use the English language, share my culture, and encourage you to consider how you use your words and your voice. Remember, your experiences are an opportunity to learn something that can improve how you communicate in English.
But don't just take my word for it! Start exploring my resources and see for yourself.
What People Are Saying
After working with you, I feel more confident interacting with people. I feel more welcoming than I was before. I feel more confident with my intonation. I can now use my English to get into a deeper conversation, but I wasn’t able to do that before because I was constantly worried about my accent and my intonation. I’m not a perfectionist anymore, once I got rid of the idea of being a perfectionist, I’m actually one step closer to being more perfect.
-Nikki, Japan (living in the US)
I'm so glad I took this language assessment! First of all, I'd like to congratulate you for the way you conduct your channel. You're so charismatic, informative, and devoted! Second, I am very impressed with the thoroughness and expertise you demonstrated in the Accent Assessment video and written response. I've been following your suggestions ever since and I've already seen improvements. Finally, not only you gave me invaluable suggestions and info to improve my speaking, but you also boosted my overall confidence.
-Toni, Brazil (living in the US)
In my humble opinion you are awesome... you didn't just provide us with the combination of words which we have to use... but you provide us also with the emotional part... with feelings... what to say in which occasion... that's absolutely fantastic for me!
I'd love to share my thoughts of working with you! I see with instant clarity that helping people to communicate in natural English is definitely one of your greatest missions! Watching your videos, talking to your personally I always feel you are absolutely on “your place” on this planet! Your considerable experience in teaching English in various ways, living abroad, openness to the world and tolerance have lead you to your own style of work – efficient online coaching. Being a non-native speaker English teacher I am so much happy to have you as a colleague! It's really fabulous that having provided my clients with the basic language skills I can offer them to gain and enrich conversational English directly with you! To my mind it's a reasonable solution of investing their time, money and energy! Besides I am excited to recommend you to anyone who needs professional and comfortable assistance in developing English and might be reading this message.
I came to lessons with you with clear goals, but through the course of working with you, I diagnosed and got to the root of my problems. I’ve learned that small nuances make a big impact on how people perceive, or receive, my message and that key messages are more important than sounding perfect. What I needed wasn’t perfection, but communication.
-Min Jeong, South Korea (living in the US)
I have just come back from Ireland. I have been there for a week, with another teacher with 22 fifteen-year-old students from my school, in a linguistic immersion programme. It's been an awesome experience. I have been living with an Irish family, and we have been talking for hours! I'm telling you about this experience, because I think I have fitted in really well, and I realised that your advise, your lessons, have been so helpful for me! Thanks very much. I really appreciate everything you teach us...It really works for me.
I believe that it would be almost impossible for me to improve my speaking English without your help! It is so surprising that we were able to refine my speaking despite the fact that we had had only two weeks! My goal was to pass the IELTS with an overall score no less than 6.5, which is a key requirement for applying to Master’s degree in most European universities. I had a lot of troubles “speeding up” my speech and extending vocabulary. Fortunately, I was referred to you, a marvelous speaking trainer, and you were not afraid to help me, despite the fact that we had only two weeks before the exam date! Thanks to you, I managed to improve my “Speaking” score from 6.0 to 7.0!