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 present your ideas in meetings and discussions. You'd like to sound more approachable and less direct.
You're well-educated and want to sound as articulate, intelligent, and natural as you do in your native language.
You want to participate confidently in conversations, give better presentations, and talk about your work so that people understand it.
(And you'd really like people to stop asking you to repeat yourself because of your accent or your pronunciation.)
Truthfully, you would love to connect with native speakers and not feel so unnatural or worried about making mistakes.
You want to feel like yourself when speaking English.
Simply put, you want to feel more confident interacting with native English speakers.
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 natural-sounding stress and intonation and essential communication skills. I'll help you reduce your accent so that people can understand you easily.
I know you're ready to express yourself more naturally.
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.
Despite studying Spanish for years, I could barely speak when I first moved to South America.
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 actually use 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 conversation skills and communication strategies people actually use, 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 and accent that distract from your message.
It’s about learning how to communicate 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 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, fiber arts, and books. I'm fascinated by cross-cultural communication and this deeply influences my work.
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!
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