"I understand English; I read and write English perfectly,
but the accent won't go away."
-Sofia Vergara, Star of Modern Family
Does this sound like you?
- You’ve been speaking English for years, and maybe you live in an English-speaking country, but you know you aren’t expressing yourself the same way as native speakers.
- You know that your language ability is good, even excellent. But you feel like something is “off.” You feel like you sound choppy or robotic while native speakers sound so expressive and musical.
- You're tired of being asked to repeat yourself and wondering if it's your words or your accent.
- You're not sure why people sometimes tell you you sound annoyed, demanding, or too direct. Or maybe you do know why, but you're not sure what you can do about it.
- You’re frustrated because you can express yourself really effectively in your native language. When you speak your language, people always tell you how well-spoken you are, and you feel relaxed, confident, and comfortable.
- You want this feeling in English. You want to sound more natural in English, maybe even as good as a native speaker. You want to feel comfortable speaking up in conversations, knowing that your ideas, not your accent, will be listened to.
- You want to sound more professional, feel confident, and come across as friendly and approachable in social situations.
Don't worry, I'll help you get there. You’re in the right place!
Chances are you've spent plenty of time and energy troubleshooting your accent over the years. With so many (amazing) resources on the internet, you're probably aware of how you want to sound and have a vague idea of how to get there.
But you could spend years experimenting with stress, tone, and connected speech without fully understanding how they all work together. Or you could get distracted by minimal pairs and consonant clusters without focusing on what truly matters.
In my years coaching non-native speakers on how to reduce their accent, I've never worked with someone who was completely new to the process. Most people have tried lots of methods: working with books and recordings, exploring YouTube videos and online resources, and maybe even investing in a tutor (or two).
Here's the truth: I own many of those books, too! After years in the classroom, I have quite the collection. And not one of them is perfect.
And none of them gives you the guidance and feedback that this program will provide.
If you’re ready to really understand the rhythm and music of English and start speaking clearly, confidently, and effectively, then you'll want to join this program so you can Express Yourself Naturally today.
Imagine these situations...
You’re at a social gathering with friends you’ve made over the years you’ve spent living abroad, as well as some new people you don't know yet.
Or maybe... You're at a networking event focused on your area of expertise, where you're certain you'll meet people who can help you advance your career.
Or maybe... You're at an academic conference where you'll be able to meet with potential collaborators from all over the globe.
Or maybe... You're at important meeting with your colleagues at your international organization, discussing the results of a recent project and making plans for the future.
How would you feel...
Knowing that you're speaking clearly and effectively?
Understanding that if someone asks you to clarify, they're talking about your ideas, not your accent?
Feeling certain that you're communicating your emotions and attitudes just as well as your message?
When you start expressing yourself naturally, this becomes second nature.
I know why you want to improve how you sound when speaking English. I’ve spent years living and working in South America and I can’t even count the number of times people have pointed out my accent in Spanish.
That's why I want to help you sound more natural.
I get it: you want to feel included and fit in when having conversations in English without always having to apologize, repeat yourself, or worry about how you sound.
Here’s the thing: when you’re with people who know and respect you, they probably don’t even notice your accent anymore.
But when you’re meeting new people, whether that’s a lecture hall filled with students, or a conference room of business colleagues, or a social event, you know that your accent affects their first impression and perception of you.
I’m familiar with that long pause... where this person I don’t know first registers my accent and wonders where I’m from.
Then they take a moment to decide whether they understand me, whether *I* understand *them*, and whether to follow their curiosity and ask me for my story.
Most of the time, I'm happy to answer their questions, but sometimes I just want to fit in and sound like a native speaker, or just have a conversation about something more interesting than talking about myself (again).
Let me guide you.
When it comes to accent reduction, there are actually several aspects to consider. Many non-native speakers expect to spend time simply troubleshooting challenging sounds.
But learning to speak English more effectively is primarily about learning how to more consistently stress words by emphasizing certain syllables, link words to sound less choppy and more fluid, and vary your intonation for clarity, effect and interest.
After nearly a decade working with non-native speakers, I've developed a time-tested curriculum that consistently leads to results.
My clients mention again and again that I explain ways to produce sounds or shape their mouths that other accent trainers just haven't taught them before.
By following my methods, they sound more natural and less robotic,
more expressive and less monotone, more clear and easy to understand.
And now you can work with me directly through this self-guided program.
Because you will learn new skills over the course of three months, your progress will be consistent, giving you enough time to master one important concept before moving on to the next one.
You can expect practical guidance through video lessons, consistent opportunities to practice through MP3 exercises, and PDF workbooks to remember what you've learned and apply it to your real life.
This program is designed to get you the same results you would achieve through one-to-one coaching, at a fraction of the cost.
This program is for you if:
- you want to reduce your accent so you are more easily understood
- you want to learn how to use word stress to create the natural rhythm of spoken English
- you want to learn how to use stress to emphasize the key meaning of your message
- you want to learn the secrets of connected speech and how words are linked together by native speakers
- you want to learn how to reduce sounds (think gonna, wanna, dunno)
- you want to understand how intonation affects your meaning in conversation
- you want to learn how to create a friendly, approachable tone when having personal and professional conversations
- you want to practice all of these skills with practical exercises
- you want to understand and decipher the meaning conveyed by the tone of native English speakers
This program is NOT for you if:
- you're looking for extremely detailed guidance on pronouncing all consonants and vowel sounds in English (but I'll tell you how to troubleshoot the most challenging sounds and give you resources)
- you're not willing to do the practice exercises on a regular basis (serious progress can be made with only 10-15 minutes a day, but you have to do the work)
- you expect to completely eliminate your accent in three months (this isn't magic, but rather an effective accent reduction program focused on speaking more clearly)
- you have trouble understanding my natural speaking speed (this program will help you improve your listening skills, but you should feel comfortable with my speaking style)
- you're looking for a comprehensive English course (this program is specifically focused on stress, intonation, and connected speech)
Here's what's included in Express Yourself Naturally:
- Permanent access to a private course site that you can access anytime
- Video lessons, MP3 exercises, and PDF guidebooks and workbooks
- MP3 and PDF downloads so that you can work on reducing your accent when you're offline
- Access to all updates and improvements to the program, even when the price goes up in the future
- Option to add coaching by voice chat or recordings to get feedback on how you speak (additional cost)
The first part of the program, Stress Simplified, will become available in October 2017.
This means you can start off 2018 feeling more confident about how you speak English.
And did I mention you'll get permanent access to the program? That means you can continue to study the materials as much as you want. 🙌
What My Clients Have Said About Working With Me
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 forward (closer) to being more perfect.
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
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!
Ready to start expressing yourself naturally? Get on the waiting list today!
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Meet Your Guide
I’m Kim, and I'm an online English teacher and coach. I work with motivated non-native English speakers who want to sound more natural, more professional, and more fluent in English so that they can achieve their personal, professional, and academic goals.
I know how important it is to be able to connect with other people in a language that isn’t our first. (I now speak Spanish fluently but it wasn’t always that way!)