Accent Reduction Classes

Speak English Clearly and Communicate with More Confidence with Coaching Tailored to Your Needs

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You can reduce your accent with the right speech coach

We understand how frustrating it is being fluent with English but struggling with pronunciation due to an accent. Unclear communication is a problem when work is affected, advancement is overlooked and social situations feel isolating. Don’t let your accent be a communication barrier preventing you from having new opportunity in life. We will teach you how to reduce your accent. With our private accent reduction training classes, you can speak with complete clarity and communicate with confidence. Embrace more opportunities with clear English. Noticeable improvement with clarity after a few classes.

The good news is you can reduce your accent and speak with better clarity and cultural correctness in just a few weeks. After learning the American melody style known as American intonation and then learning a few missing sounds you can communicate effectively across all settings.

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 Why Us?

  • Be coached by Liz, a licensed speech-language pathologist with over 20 years of experience. The American Speech-Language Hearing Association considers her to be a national expert.
  • We customize your class to meet your unique needs. We can incorporate training from other areas such as public speaking and presentation delivery, leadership, interpersonal skills or networking strategies. Every client gets a program designed for them.
  • Together we develop measurable goals to help reduce your accent to be completed by the end of each class.
  • Liz is the author of, Accent Reduction 101: Speaking English Closer to the American Cultural Style 4th ed. 2024 with 12-hours of audio files included with listen and repeat type exercises with is included for every employee in our training.
  • Liz is a national expert and trainer to other speech therapists who want to learn how to reduce an accent and offer accent reduction training classes in their practices. 

We offer three private public speaking and business communication coaching classes to support your needs and goals

Together we can determine which package is the best fit for you.

Training available onsite in Denver or online

4-Sessions: Quick English Clarity and Voice Accent Reduction Class

By completion of this class, the following should be achieved:

  • Speak with American Intonation, the cultural and business communication melody pattern for English. Experience greater clarity and have improved confidence in about three weeks.
  • Eliminate accented behaviors of speaking too fast, choppy, forceful, or monotone.
  • Speak from a stronger and more powerful voice placement with improved American oral resonance and with natural projection.
  • If time allows, presentation rehearsal or role play with professional topics to practice communication at an advanced level.

8-Sessions: Mini Accent Reduction Class

By completion of this class, the following should be achieved:

Everything from the 4-session classes plus:

  • Learn the top missing consonant sounds which can include: /th/, /ing/, /f/, /v/, /w/, and /r/ or target some vowel sounds.
  • Other options may include:
    • Diaphragm breathing to support effective communication.
    • Rehearsal of presentations, public speaking coaching, meeting topics.
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12-Sessions: Complete Accent Reduction Class

By completion of this class, the following should be achieved:

Everything from the 4- and 8-session program plus:

  • All vowel sounds.
  • Remaining consonant sounds and other English nuances.
  • Complete American /r/ and /l/ Program.
  • Public speaking coaching/presentation training.

Other Training Options

Online Self-paced

Two-Day Public Speaking Seminar

Two-Day Leadership Development Seminar

Download Your Free E-book

Accent Reduction 101 1

How to Speak English Closer to the American Cultural and Business Style

How can I reduce my accent? Download our free e-book, Accent Reduction 101: How to Speak English Closer to the American Cultural and Business Style (2023) 4th ed. Learn the number one most important strategy for reducing accent and increasing clarity. Understand the unique features of American English pronunciation. Get clear instructions on how to pronounce commonly misarticulated sounds with easy-to-understand directions and examples.

Membership Affiliations

asha logo

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (asha.org)

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Colorado Speech Hearing Association (csha.org)

 

download

National Speakers Association Colorado (nsacolorado.org)

Corporate Clients

Look What Former Clients Say about Working with Us!

“I communicate to 25 different people a day. People from Ganda are known for choppy speech. We want to talk fast. I was on the phone as a project manager with a client and he said he just can’t understand me and we should call it a day. Then I met Liz and she taught me the Staircase and that changed everything, right away. Now I speak clearly and with confidence. This will help me as a project manager. Thank you Liz!”

- Ebo

“I am from India and I know four different languages. I have an accent from many languages. Liz Peterson actually recognized where my accent was from. She rectified the accent quickly. She gave me the correct way to pronounce sounds and words. I keep getting better over time. Her class changed everything for me as I am a doctor and people must understand what I say.”

- Dr. Abdul Mohamed

Schedule Your Complimentary Consultation

We are excited to learn about your goals and together we will select a class that will best meet your needs. We can start the process today.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I reduce my accent?

Reducing an accent and having a more neutral style of speaking American English is a very realistic goal. The most common feature behind an accent is culture. Every cultural group has its own melody style and cadence for talking. Once someone learns a second language like English, it is spoken in the style of the first language because that is what talking is to the individual. As a result, speech is not spoken in the American cultural style and therefore is the biggest feature behind an accent. 

After learning how to speak English in the American cultural style and eliminating accented behaviors that do not belong in English, we will address the sounds that are mispronounced or missing. Intonation and the elimination of accented behaviors must be addressed first then specific sounds can be targeted.

What is learned first in an accent reduction class?

American Intonation. Intonation is the rhythm and melody patterns, as well as a cadence in a country’s language. The first step in our accent reduction classes is to have you speak your English in the American cultural and intonation style and not the pattern from your first language. After speaking English in the American cultural style there will be an immediate improvement in clarity.

Will I lose my accent completely?

No. Anyone who tells you that is not being truthful. There are many nuances across languages that make this not possible for a full loss of accent in spontaneous speech. You can expect to speak your English with more American cultural correctness, better clarity, and higher confidence. On a personal note, I think there are some advantages of having an accent such as being more unique and interesting as long as it sounds clear, and the communication is effective. 

Why do American-born actors speak with great accents?

When it comes to actors who speak with beautiful and culturally correct accents, they are working with a speech coach to decode their script and to teach the new language patterns with the right cultural sounds and features. After their work is done, the actors return to speaking in their native style. Rumor has it that Meryl Streep and Russel Crow have speech-language pathologists who travel with them for accent coaching. Unfortunately, it’s not me.

Will my company cover the cost of an accent reduction class?

Many companies will cover the cost because it is considered to be professional development and clear communication is a priority goal for most corporations. You may want to contact your human resources manager to see if that is an option.

Accent Reduction Classes

Speak English Clearly and Communicate with More Confidence with Coaching Tailored to Your Needs

Professional English Pronunciation Classes LG 300x273 2
feature6 crop
accent reduction blog
teaching a class

You can reduce your accent with the right speech coach

We understand how frustrating it is being fluent with English but struggling with pronunciation due to an accent. Unclear communication is a problem when work is affected, advancement is overlooked and social situations feel isolating. Don’t let your accent be a communication barrier preventing you from having new opportunity in life. We will teach you how to reduce your accent. With our private accent reduction training classes, you can speak with complete clarity and communicate with confidence. Embrace more opportunities with clear English. Noticeable improvement with clarity after a few classes.

The good news is you can reduce your accent and speak with better clarity and cultural correctness in just a few weeks. After learning the American melody style known as American intonation and then learning a few missing sounds you can communicate effectively across all settings.

Liz Peterson Hiz Rez UPDATED horizontal

 Why Us?

  • Be coached by Liz, a licensed speech-language pathologist with over 20 years of experience. The American Speech-Language Hearing Association considers her to be a national expert.
  • We customize your class to meet your unique needs. We can incorporate training from other areas such as public speaking and presentation delivery, leadership, interpersonal skills or networking strategies. Every client gets a program designed for them.
  • Together we develop measurable goals to help reduce your accent to be completed by the end of each class.
  • Liz is the author of, Accent Reduction 101: Speaking English Closer to the American Cultural Style 4th ed. 2024 with 12-hours of audio files included with listen and repeat type exercises with is included for every employee in our training.
  • Liz is a national expert and trainer to other speech therapists who want to learn how to reduce an accent and offer accent reduction training classes in their practices. 

We offer three private public speaking and business communication coaching classes to support your needs and goals

Together we can determine which package is the best fit for you.

Training available onsite in Denver or online

4-Sessions: Quick English Clarity and Voice Accent Reduction Class

By completion of this class, the following should be achieved:

  • Speak with American Intonation, the cultural and business communication melody pattern for English. Experience greater clarity and have improved confidence in about three weeks.
  • Eliminate accented behaviors of speaking too fast, choppy, forceful, or monotone.
  • Speak from a stronger and more powerful voice placement with improved American oral resonance and with natural projection.
  • If time allows, presentation rehearsal or role play with professional topics to practice communication at an advanced level.

8-Sessions: Mini Accent Reduction Class

By completion of this class, the following should be achieved:

Everything from the 4-session classes plus:

  • Learn the top missing consonant sounds which can include: /th/, /ing/, /f/, /v/, /w/, and /r/ or target some vowel sounds.
  • Other options may include:
    • Diaphragm breathing to support effective communication.
    • Rehearsal of presentations, public speaking coaching, meeting topics.
DSC00449 1 scaled

12-Sessions: Complete Accent Reduction Class

By completion of this class, the following should be achieved:

Everything from the 4- and 8-session program plus:

  • All vowel sounds.
  • Remaining consonant sounds and other English nuances.
  • Complete American /r/ and /l/ Program.
  • Public speaking coaching/presentation training.

Other Training Options

Online Self-paced

Two-Day Public Speaking Seminar

Two-Day Leadership Development Seminar

Download Your Free E-book

Accent Reduction 101 1

How to Speak English Closer to the American Cultural and Business Style

How can I reduce my accent? Download our free e-book, Accent Reduction 101: How to Speak English Closer to the American Cultural and Business Style (2023) 4th ed. Learn the number one most important strategy for reducing accent and increasing clarity. Understand the unique features of American English pronunciation. Get clear instructions on how to pronounce commonly misarticulated sounds with easy-to-understand directions and examples.

Membership Affiliations

asha logo

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (asha.org)

CSHA logo 457x128 1

Colorado Speech Hearing Association (csha.org)

 

download

National Speakers Association Colorado (nsacolorado.org)

Corporate Clients

Look What Former Clients Say about Working with Us!

“I communicate to 25 different people a day. People from Ganda are known for choppy speech. We want to talk fast. I was on the phone as a project manager with a client and he said he just can’t understand me and we should call it a day. Then I met Liz and she taught me the Staircase and that changed everything, right away. Now I speak clearly and with confidence. This will help me as a project manager. Thank you Liz!”

- Ebo

“I am from India and I know four different languages. I have an accent from many languages. Liz Peterson actually recognized where my accent was from. She rectified the accent quickly. She gave me the correct way to pronounce sounds and words. I keep getting better over time. Her class changed everything for me as I am a doctor and people must understand what I say.”

- Dr. Abdul Mohamed

Schedule Your Complimentary Consultation

We are excited to learn about your goals and together we will select a class that will best meet your needs. We can start the process today.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I reduce my accent?

Reducing an accent and having a more neutral style of speaking American English is a very realistic goal. The most common feature behind an accent is culture. Every cultural group has its own melody style and cadence for talking. Once someone learns a second language like English, it is spoken in the style of the first language because that is what talking is to the individual. As a result, speech is not spoken in the American cultural style and therefore is the biggest feature behind an accent. 

After learning how to speak English in the American cultural style and eliminating accented behaviors that do not belong in English, we will address the sounds that are mispronounced or missing. Intonation and the elimination of accented behaviors must be addressed first then specific sounds can be targeted.

What is learned first in an accent reduction class?

American Intonation. Intonation is the rhythm and melody patterns, as well as a cadence in a country’s language. The first step in our accent reduction classes is to have you speak your English in the American cultural and intonation style and not the pattern from your first language. After speaking English in the American cultural style there will be an immediate improvement in clarity.

Will I lose my accent completely?

No. Anyone who tells you that is not being truthful. There are many nuances across languages that make this not possible for a full loss of accent in spontaneous speech. You can expect to speak your English with more American cultural correctness, better clarity, and higher confidence. On a personal note, I think there are some advantages of having an accent such as being more unique and interesting as long as it sounds clear, and the communication is effective. 

Why do American-born actors speak with great accents?

When it comes to actors who speak with beautiful and culturally correct accents, they are working with a speech coach to decode their script and to teach the new language patterns with the right cultural sounds and features. After their work is done, the actors return to speaking in their native style. Rumor has it that Meryl Streep and Russel Crow have speech-language pathologists who travel with them for accent coaching. Unfortunately, it’s not me.

Will my company cover the cost of an accent reduction class?

Many companies will cover the cost because it is considered to be professional development and clear communication is a priority goal for most corporations. You may want to contact your human resources manager to see if that is an option.