Stress Simplified

Create the Natural Rhythm of English

You want to finally have conversations in English
without feeling the need to apologize for your accent
or worrying about having to repeat yourself.

Stress Simplified will teach you how to speak clearly
so that people will definitely understand what you say.

Know this:

You have the power to improve how you speak.

You know that you don't sound like a native speaker.

You’ve been speaking English for years.

You probably even live and work in the United States or Canada already.

Your language skills are good, even excellent. You're not worried about your vocabulary or your fluency.

But you find yourself asking these questions over and over again:

Stress Simplified - Create the Natural Rhythm of English for an American Accent

“Why do people always ask me to repeat myself even though I’ve been working on my pronunciation for so long?”

“Why does my voice sound so flat while native speakers sound so expressive and musical?”

“Why don’t native speakers understand me? Is it my words or my accent?”

“Will I ever feel confident speaking up in conversations, meetings or discussions?”

I get it...

You’re tired of being asked to repeat yourself.

You want to feel confident that people will be listening to your words, not your accent.

At work, you are constantly presenting your ideas to native speakers.

Meetings, conference calls, lectures, workshops, networking events, even happy hour - you want to be sure you're speaking clearly and effectively.

After all, that first impression counts: you want other people to feel completely certain that they understand you.

You want a better accent. I'll help you get there.

What's Really Required for a Clear Accent

Chances are you've spent plenty of time and energy troubleshooting your accent over the years.

With so many resources on the internet, you're probably aware of how you want to sound and have a vague idea of how to get there.

I've never worked with someone who was completely new to the process.

Most people have tried lots of methods: books, recordings, YouTube videos, online resources, maybe downloading an app, or asking native speaking friends for advice.

Here's the reality:

Most accent resources focus on fixing the way you pronounce consonant and vowel sounds.

While this is helpful if your native language is really different than English, how you say certain sounds is only one part of a natural-sounding accent (and it’s not the most important one).

If you want to be understood by native speakers, you need to speak with the rhythm and music of English.

In other words, you need to master word and sentence stress, emphasize key words, and break your ideas into smaller, digestible chunks.

Stress Simplified will guide you through the process step-by-step.

Want to know the reasons most non-native speakers avoid improving their word and sentence stress?

They're not sure which syllable to stress,
they have no idea that there are patterns they can learn,
and they haven't yet developed an awareness
of the rhythm that native speakers use automatically.

You don’t have to spend months or years analyzing accents or piecing bits of knowledge together to master stress patterns.

This program will cover it all. Here’s what you’ll learn:

Stress Simplified Program Inside View

Module 1:
Introduction to Stress

Intro to Stress

You’ll learn why you need to consistently stress words by emphasizing the right syllables.

We’ll start with the fundamental elements that you need to work on in order to produce the natural rhythm of English: pitch, volume, and syllable length.

You’ll learn how to gain control of your pitch, vary your volume, and lengthen syllables to speak clearly and effectively.

And you’ll practice with my favorite techniques to help you remember how stress feels in your mouth and your body.

Module 2:
Producing Natural-Sounding Syllables

Natural Sounding Syllables

Next, you’ll learn how to create the natural rhythm of English through contrast between stressed and unstressed syllables.

You’ll find out how word stress gives you time to move through all of the shapes required to pronounce words accurately.

You’ll learn how to emphasize vowel sounds on the right syllables and how to move your mouth, link sounds together, and shift your pitch so that you sound less choppy and more fluid.

Stress Simplified - Clear Video Lessons and Practice Exercises

Module 3:
Work on Word Stress Patterns

Work on Word Stress

With this solid foundation, I’ll show you how to identify which syllable to stress in words you use all the time.

By following my suggestions, you’ll train your ear to notice stress patterns in words and phrases you hear.

You’ll learn what to do in order to ensure you remember these patterns and produce them consistently.

Module 4:
Learning and Practicing Stress Patterns

Guidelines for Stress Patterns

Now that you understand how to identify stress patterns, we’ll make the process simpler by talking about guidelines for predictable patterns.

Because so many of these words are common in professional and academic environments (and everyday life), practicing them will get you using word stress more consistently.

By drilling these patterns through the 30-day boot camp, you'll do powerful work to train your ear and your mouth.

Module 5:
Master Stress Patterns with Practice Exercises

Practice Exercises and Bootcamp

In this program, you’ll work with 30+ drills in a 30-day bootcamp designed for results.

You’ll train your ear to hear and listen for these patterns and stretch your mouth and vocal cords so that you can produce them!

As you move through Stress Simplified, I’ll remind you to check in and reflect on how you’re using your mouth and voice.

You'll be pleasantly surprised to discover that English rhythm does become easier day after day!

Stress Simplified Boot Camp 30 Day Plan

Module 6:
Sentence Stress

Intro to Sentence Stress

Building on the momentum you’ve gained through regular practice, you’ll focus your attention on sentence stress.

You’ll learn how to draw attention to the most important words in your speech so that they’re extra clear and easy to understand.

You’ll discover that when you emphasize the words that carry the most meaning, you help your listener follow what’s important.

You’ll find out how to shift the focus of your sentence by putting extra emphasis on different words.

You’ll learn how sentence stress is connected to intonation and can be used to make your meaning and your feelings clear.

Module 7:
Thought Groups and Chunking

Thought Groups and Chunking

Last, we’ll talk about how to make it even easier for your listener to follow what you’re saying by breaking your ideas into shorter pieces.

You’ll find out why you hear different levels of stress when listening to native speakers.

You’ll learn how to separate your words into logical chunks, or thought groups, and which words to emphasize for extra clarity, emphasis, or effect.

You’ll discover how to breathe in English, as well as how to pause deliberately and change your tone to keep your listener engaged and interested in what you’re saying.

Of course, you’ll practice with clear examples so you can start doing it on your own.

Putting It All Into Practice

Review and Reflect

As you finish the Stress Simplified program, you’ll be able to test your mastery of stress patterns so that you can see how well you’ve absorbed the rhythm of English.

You’ll find out the best ways to practice word and sentence stress and thought groups on your own so that you feel more confident when speaking.

Last but not least, I’ll show you how to measure your own progress and reflect on what still needs work.

Stress Simplified - Detailed Guidebook with Transcripts

Why The Stress Simplified Program Is So Effective

By consistently spending at least five minutes a day working with the Stress Simplified exercises, you’re doing a lot of subtle but essential work.

You’re training your ear to be more sensitive so that it can hear lengthened syllables, notice more variation in pitch, and pick up on changes in volume.

You’re stretching your mouth so that it can glide into new shapes.

You’re exercising your vocal cords so that they feel more comfortable producing the sounds of English.

So much of accent reduction is about creating muscle memory, just as you would at the gym!

Even if you don’t have the privacy to speak out loud, you can simply listen to the practice exercises and repeat the words silently to yourself on your commute or at the office.

You don’t need to move through the drills quickly; in fact, you’ll get better results if you continue to practice them over time.

Remember, accent reduction is an ongoing process and you’ll continue to come back to this information as you refine and improve how you sound when speaking.

That’s what makes this program so valuable: you basically have an accent coach in your pocket, whenever you need to practice!

What Will Change When You Master English Rhythm and Music

Once you start noticing, absorbing, and producing the stress patterns in words and phrases, you’ll quickly discover that native speakers more easily understand you.

(And as an added bonus, it’ll be easier for you to understand them, too!)

These are just a few of the results my clients have gotten through this program:

  • they sound more natural and less robotic
  • their pitch is more expressive and less monotone
  • their words are more clear and easy to understand
  • they no longer have to repeat themselves as often
  • they feel like they fit in better because their accent isn’t so obviously “different.”

When you sound more like a native speaker, you feel more confident that people will be listening to your ideas, rather than trying to decipher your accent.

By emphasizing the right syllables in words you use all the time in your personal and professional life, you can trust that people understand what you’re saying.

When you separate your ideas into shorter, digestible chunks, you’ll be able to keep people’s attention for longer.

Most importantly, you’ll speak more powerfully because you know you’re highlighting the words and ideas that you want people to care about.

Get Results with Stress Simplified

If you commit to practicing with at least one exercise each and every day, you will get results.

When you apply what you learn in this course to your real-life needs, goals, and desires, you’ll feel more confident in the situations where your accent truly counts.

Stress Simplified is straightforward and easy-to-follow.

You can complete the program on your own schedule, but you'll get the best results with consistent practice over 6-8 weeks.

  • You'll get my practical guidance through video lessons on everything you need to know about natural-sounding word and sentence stress and thought groups
  • You'll have consistent opportunities to practice stress patterns through short, downloadable MP3 exercises
  • You'll receive regular emails to encourage you and motivate you to work through the program
  • You'll follow a 30-day plan (a boot camp) to help you create a regular accent reduction habit and move through the practice exercises step-by-step
  • You'll be able to remember what you've learned and apply it to your real life with a fillable PDF guidebook with complete transcripts

This program is designed to get you the same results you would achieve through one-to-one coaching, without the expense or scheduling conflicts.

You have the option of signing up for a self-guided program, or working with me through an initial accent assessment, eight weekly assignments on WhatsApp, and a final evaluation.

Stress Simplified is a comprehensive and effective program that you can take anywhere.

What My Clients Are Saying

Kim has an engaging and practical way of teaching sounding natural. She is big on "musicality" of English so she trained me hard on intonation and length of pronunciation. She has phenomenal ears that could single out the subtle differences in my accent.

-Carol, China (living in the US)

I am very impressed with the thoroughness and expertise you demonstrated. 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)

After working with you, I feel more confident interacting with people. 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. 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)

Here's How We Get Started:

  1. Click the "I'm in! Let's do this!" button below. You'll be redirected to the course payment page.
  2. Enter your email address.
  3. Pay for the program with your credit or debit card or Paypal.
  4. Follow the instructions to create your account.
  5. Receive immediate access to all course materials.
  6. Get started working on your word and sentence stress! You're that much closer to sounding natural!

Join Stress Simplified

$199
  • Seven modules on word stress, stress patterns, sentence stress and thought groups
  • 30+ video lessons to guide you step-by-step through the process
  • 33 MP3 exercises and drills to ensure consistent progress and help you internalize the stress patterns
  • Motivational emails and weekly guidance to encourage you and keep you on track
  • Detailed 134-page PDF guidebook with complete transcripts
  • 30-day bootcamp to guide you step-by-step through the practice exercises
  • Permanent access to a private course site you can access anytime
  • Access to all future updates and improvements

You can review the complete contents of the program over on the course site.

(Scroll to the bottom to check it out!)

Joining now and starting right away means you can finally feel more confident about how you sound when speaking English.

And you can continue to study the materials as much as you want, for as long as you want! 🙌

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 stress patterns so you can be confident you're stressing the right syllable
  • you want to stress the right words so native speakers understand you
  • you want to know which words you should stress in word pairs, phrases, and chunks
  • you want to learn how to use stress to emphasize the key meaning of your message
  • you want to learn how to break your ideas into thought groups so that it's easy for people to follow what you're saying
  • you're willing to put in the work to practice all of these skills with practical exercises

This program is NOT for you if:

  • you're looking for extremely detailed guidance on pronouncing every single consonant sound in English (this program talks about vowel sounds, but focuses specifically on word and sentence stress, stress patterns, and thought groups)
  • 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 just a couple of 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, and you can adjust the speed of the videos and follow with the transcripts)

Meet Your Guide

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I’m Kim, and I'm an accent reduction and communication 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 speak Spanish fluently, but I recently realized that my American stress and intonation is causing my accent in Spanish. I wish a program like this existed for me!

I love demystifying the accent reduction process - it IS possible for you and you CAN sound more like a native speaker. Nothing inspires me more than watching my clients grow more confident and more comfortable speaking up, and hearing them transform how they sound.

Here's the truth:

I know how much you are struggling to reduce your accent all by yourself.

It takes time. It takes effort.

And after so much time spent looking through and experimenting with other resources on your own, you may be feeling overwhelmed or even discouraged.

You need structure and support. I'd love the opportunity to guide you.

I've developed this approach through years of coaching clients on how to improve their speech and reduce their accent.

I've included all the "secrets" I know so you can fine-tune your speaking and finally master English rhythm through stress.

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