Regional Accent Reduction Classes

Eliminate the Distraction of Where You are From. Focus on What You Want to Say with Our Regional Accent Reduction Classes

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You Can Reduce Your Regional Accent and Speak with Greater Clarity

Never deal with speech and voice distractions again because of a regional-sounding accent.

Many regional accented speakers comment on the frustration of being told that their accent “sounds so cute” when they want the focus to be on professional matters. Regardless of if you are from Texas or New York, a regional accent has distinct features that are often perceived as distracting. You can learn how to speak with a more neutral and standard style of American English and with less nasal resonance in a matter of a few weeks. A regional accent reduction class is more about voice placement and oral resonance and less about specific speech sounds.

Imagine speaking with clear and influential English, free from distraction, as you lead meetings, deliver presentations, and negotiate.

We offer two different regional accent reduction private 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: Speech and Voice Clarity Program

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

  • Speak with Standard American Intonation. Improved clarity in 3 weeks.
  • Speak from your stronger and more powerful voice placement.
  • Speak with oral resonance, not nasal.
  • Elimination of regional accented traits such as speaking with upward inflection on vowel sounds or large glides and slides.

8- Sessions: Full Regional Accent Reduction Program

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

Everything from the 4 sessions classes plus:

  • Learn misarticulated consonant sounds such as /th/, /ing/, or /er/ and some vowel sounds with too much influence from the region.
  • Diaphragm breathing for clear communication.
  • Eliminate a thin, nasal, and high-pitch-sounding voice.
  • Rehearsal of presentations, meetings, and anything functional for you.

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.

Testimonials & Success Stories

Nelson Ramos Ruballos
Nelson Ramos Ruballos
2024-01-02
I came to Liz with a heavy Hispanic accent and struggling to effectively communicate my ideas. By the second session, my friend who brought my accent to my attention recognized that I had drastically improved my speech!
Fiyin Aregbe
Fiyin Aregbe
2023-11-25
Elizabeth did a good job of explaining the technique behind voice intonation in order to speak clearer.
Dominika Kaminska
Dominika Kaminska
2023-11-07
I reached out to Liz for interpersonal coaching and I’m so happy with the results! I struggle to make connections and don’t know how to approach people or maintain conversations. Once I approach someone, I never know where to go from there. I have many gaps in knowing how to connect with people beyond a surface level. Liz has been helping me bridge those gaps and I’ve been able to make new friends and know how to communicate very quickly. I’ve also been learning so many new skills that I wasn’t aware of. She’s also so great to work with, I love her energy and I enjoy the conversations we have. She’s honest, fun and she’s got my best interests in mind. I’ve been getting so much insight about myself, and I’ve gained a larger awareness of the things that are holding me back. Every meeting we have I get actionable and specific assignments for me to use in the real world and they always pay off. I feel myself becoming so much better at my social interactions and I’m so happy. I’m so grateful to work with Liz, thank you so much for helping me be less socially awkward and misunderstood 😊
Max Liu
Max Liu
2023-11-07
When I started sessions with Liz, I wanted to get better at American intonation, and she delivered! Liz has been amazing to work with, she takes the time to custom-build a plan to help you speak and sound like a strong leader. Liz has a way of teaching that is easy to understand. Her method is clear and simple, which means I could follow along without any trouble. It's been amazing to see how much I've improved.
Kevin Schaal
Kevin Schaal
2023-11-06
Liz gave me many useful tips and techniques for improving the sound quality of my voice. She is understanding and caring. She's clearly an expert in the field and I would highly recommend her. Thanks, Liz!
Heather Hukari
Heather Hukari
2023-11-05
Elizabeth is a fantastic instructor in all areas or speech. I have seen her help people immensely with their public speaking and leadership skills, along with VASTLY reducing accents in people who aren't native English speakers. She literally knows everything about speech! I would highly recommend booking a call with her to see how she can help you specifically. You won't regret it. She's a true pro and gets people RESULTS.
Sumana Moole
Sumana Moole
2023-10-23
Liz Peterson is a true gem in the world of speech coaching and speech-language pathology. With a unique niche that focuses on the intricate connection between voice utilization, communication style, and leadership persona, Liz has become a beacon of guidance for those seeking to speak effectively and with unwavering confidence. Her passion for speech therapy is palpable, and it shines through in her work. Liz's dedication to helping individuals harness the power of their voice and communication skills is both inspiring and transformative. If you're looking to unlock your full potential as a communicator and leader, Liz Peterson is the professional to turn to. Her elegant approach to teaching and coaching will undoubtedly help you find your voice, both figuratively and literally, and propel you toward success in any endeavor. Liz is not just a speech coach; she's a catalyst for personal and professional growth through effective communication.
Tetiana Kholevan
Tetiana Kholevan
2023-03-29
Elizabeth was very helpful for my accent reduction and speech improvement. I worked was Elizabeth for over 5 months. We worked on exercises to improve my pronunciation of the most difficult sounds. I noticed a significant reduction in my accent and other people noticed it as well. Also, I worked on improving my presentation skills, which helped me make my speech more clear and have a better intonation when I speak. I am very grateful to Elizabeth for my progress. I would highly recommend Elizabeth to anyone who is looking to reduce their accent and improve their speech.
Yvelande Brice
Yvelande Brice
2023-03-13
I had great experience working with Liz. My speech was choppy, fast, and mumbled. Liz took time to help me reduce my accent, and speak better English in American Intonation. I saw good result after our first session.
Yanny
Yanny
2023-03-01
I have been working with Elizabeth for almost a month now. She is an amazing speech therapist. My intonation has improved so much with her help. She explains things clearly, and she knows people who have the same first languages sharing similar common “mistakes” or patterns as they speak American English. She is a true expert.

Corporate Clients

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)

Look What Former Clients Say about Working with Us!

“I wanted to speak with a deeper voice. I had a squeaky voice. Liz has helped to get into my optimal pitch and sound more relaxed, refined and intelligent. I am aware of how my voice sounds and I got rid of the up-tones. She is fun and makes you feel comfortable. I was so nervous to work with her. She made it easy. This training will have a lasting difference.”

- Amelia

“Liz has helped me to sound so much better when I meet with important people. I had a big meeting with a school superintendent and my boss thought I would sound nervous. But she said I sounded confident and I did because I was using my new skills. Liz understood the struggles I was going through. She has a program but if you need other help with anything related to communication or leadership, she will give it to you. She will check up on you. She really cares about her clients. “

- Robin

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

What is Standard American English?

Standard American English is defined that, when spoken, a listener cannot identify the origin or region of the speaker. This is because the speech pattern is from a “standard” or generic model. News and sports broadcasters are good examples of Standard American Speech.

Why are there so many dialects in the United States?

During the early settlement in America, different communication patterns for American English, known as dialects, were established. In fact, when settlers were first establishing their lives, different dialects could be detected about every 50 miles across the United States.

What is resonance and why does it matter when it comes to a regional accent?

Resonance has to deal with where the voice is “placed” and that is cultural. Neutral and clear-sounding speech is spoken with oral resonance where speech sounds are placed in the mouth cavity. Many regional speakers have too much nasal resonance placing speech in the nasal cavity which gives it the regional sound quality.

What does voice placement have to do with a regional accent reduction program?

Vocal pitch is often described as being placed into two categories: Habitual and optional pitch. Habitual pitch is your normal speaking voice and no one ever really thinks about that placement. For regional accents, it is often placed too high causing a thin, high-in-pitch sounding voice quality. Optimal pitch is the place in the lower throat where the voice functions at its best producing tones that are rich, strong and pure in tone quality. Regional accented speakers typically communicate from the habitual voice range.

What is intonation and why is it important for reducing a regional accent?

Intonation is the rhythm, cadence, and melody patterns for speech, and it is cultural within the United States. American intonation has moving pitch patterns and the vowel sounds should be said flat, without a rise in pitch as seen in southern speakers. Vowel sounds should also be said with ease and not involve over-punching from the back of the throat, which can be observed with speakers from the eastern region of the United States. Often with regional accents, some vowel sounds are pronounced outside of the Standard American Speech Model, which can be corrected.

Regional Accent Reduction Classes

Eliminate the Distraction of Where You are From. Focus on What You Want to Say with Our Regional Accent Reduction Classes

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

You Can Reduce Your Regional Accent and Speak with Greater Clarity

Never deal with speech and voice distractions again because of a regional-sounding accent.

Many regional accented speakers comment on the frustration of being told that their accent “sounds so cute” when they want the focus to be on professional matters. Regardless of if you are from Texas or New York, a regional accent has distinct features that are often perceived as distracting. You can learn how to speak with a more neutral and standard style of American English and with less nasal resonance in a matter of a few weeks. A regional accent reduction class is more about voice placement and oral resonance and less about specific speech sounds.

Imagine speaking with clear and influential English, free from distraction, as you lead meetings, deliver presentations, and negotiate.

We offer two different regional accent reduction private 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: Speech and Voice Clarity Program

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

  • Speak with Standard American Intonation. Improved clarity in 3 weeks.
  • Speak from your stronger and more powerful voice placement.
  • Speak with oral resonance, not nasal.
  • Elimination of regional accented traits such as speaking with upward inflection on vowel sounds or large glides and slides.

8- Sessions: Full Regional Accent Reduction Program

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

Everything from the 4 sessions classes plus:

  • Learn misarticulated consonant sounds such as /th/, /ing/, or /er/ and some vowel sounds with too much influence from the region.
  • Diaphragm breathing for clear communication.
  • Eliminate a thin, nasal, and high-pitch-sounding voice.
  • Rehearsal of presentations, meetings, and anything functional for you.

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.

Testimonials & Success Stories

Nelson Ramos Ruballos
Nelson Ramos Ruballos
2024-01-02
I came to Liz with a heavy Hispanic accent and struggling to effectively communicate my ideas. By the second session, my friend who brought my accent to my attention recognized that I had drastically improved my speech!
Fiyin Aregbe
Fiyin Aregbe
2023-11-25
Elizabeth did a good job of explaining the technique behind voice intonation in order to speak clearer.
Dominika Kaminska
Dominika Kaminska
2023-11-07
I reached out to Liz for interpersonal coaching and I’m so happy with the results! I struggle to make connections and don’t know how to approach people or maintain conversations. Once I approach someone, I never know where to go from there. I have many gaps in knowing how to connect with people beyond a surface level. Liz has been helping me bridge those gaps and I’ve been able to make new friends and know how to communicate very quickly. I’ve also been learning so many new skills that I wasn’t aware of. She’s also so great to work with, I love her energy and I enjoy the conversations we have. She’s honest, fun and she’s got my best interests in mind. I’ve been getting so much insight about myself, and I’ve gained a larger awareness of the things that are holding me back. Every meeting we have I get actionable and specific assignments for me to use in the real world and they always pay off. I feel myself becoming so much better at my social interactions and I’m so happy. I’m so grateful to work with Liz, thank you so much for helping me be less socially awkward and misunderstood 😊
Max Liu
Max Liu
2023-11-07
When I started sessions with Liz, I wanted to get better at American intonation, and she delivered! Liz has been amazing to work with, she takes the time to custom-build a plan to help you speak and sound like a strong leader. Liz has a way of teaching that is easy to understand. Her method is clear and simple, which means I could follow along without any trouble. It's been amazing to see how much I've improved.
Kevin Schaal
Kevin Schaal
2023-11-06
Liz gave me many useful tips and techniques for improving the sound quality of my voice. She is understanding and caring. She's clearly an expert in the field and I would highly recommend her. Thanks, Liz!
Heather Hukari
Heather Hukari
2023-11-05
Elizabeth is a fantastic instructor in all areas or speech. I have seen her help people immensely with their public speaking and leadership skills, along with VASTLY reducing accents in people who aren't native English speakers. She literally knows everything about speech! I would highly recommend booking a call with her to see how she can help you specifically. You won't regret it. She's a true pro and gets people RESULTS.
Sumana Moole
Sumana Moole
2023-10-23
Liz Peterson is a true gem in the world of speech coaching and speech-language pathology. With a unique niche that focuses on the intricate connection between voice utilization, communication style, and leadership persona, Liz has become a beacon of guidance for those seeking to speak effectively and with unwavering confidence. Her passion for speech therapy is palpable, and it shines through in her work. Liz's dedication to helping individuals harness the power of their voice and communication skills is both inspiring and transformative. If you're looking to unlock your full potential as a communicator and leader, Liz Peterson is the professional to turn to. Her elegant approach to teaching and coaching will undoubtedly help you find your voice, both figuratively and literally, and propel you toward success in any endeavor. Liz is not just a speech coach; she's a catalyst for personal and professional growth through effective communication.
Tetiana Kholevan
Tetiana Kholevan
2023-03-29
Elizabeth was very helpful for my accent reduction and speech improvement. I worked was Elizabeth for over 5 months. We worked on exercises to improve my pronunciation of the most difficult sounds. I noticed a significant reduction in my accent and other people noticed it as well. Also, I worked on improving my presentation skills, which helped me make my speech more clear and have a better intonation when I speak. I am very grateful to Elizabeth for my progress. I would highly recommend Elizabeth to anyone who is looking to reduce their accent and improve their speech.
Yvelande Brice
Yvelande Brice
2023-03-13
I had great experience working with Liz. My speech was choppy, fast, and mumbled. Liz took time to help me reduce my accent, and speak better English in American Intonation. I saw good result after our first session.
Yanny
Yanny
2023-03-01
I have been working with Elizabeth for almost a month now. She is an amazing speech therapist. My intonation has improved so much with her help. She explains things clearly, and she knows people who have the same first languages sharing similar common “mistakes” or patterns as they speak American English. She is a true expert.

Corporate Clients

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)

Look What Former Clients Say about Working with Us!

“I wanted to speak with a deeper voice. I had a squeaky voice. Liz has helped to get into my optimal pitch and sound more relaxed, refined and intelligent. I am aware of how my voice sounds and I got rid of the up-tones. She is fun and makes you feel comfortable. I was so nervous to work with her. She made it easy. This training will have a lasting difference.”

- Amelia

“Liz has helped me to sound so much better when I meet with important people. I had a big meeting with a school superintendent and my boss thought I would sound nervous. But she said I sounded confident and I did because I was using my new skills. Liz understood the struggles I was going through. She has a program but if you need other help with anything related to communication or leadership, she will give it to you. She will check up on you. She really cares about her clients. “

- Robin

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

What is Standard American English?

Standard American English is defined that, when spoken, a listener cannot identify the origin or region of the speaker. This is because the speech pattern is from a “standard” or generic model. News and sports broadcasters are good examples of Standard American Speech.

Why are there so many dialects in the United States?

During the early settlement in America, different communication patterns for American English, known as dialects, were established. In fact, when settlers were first establishing their lives, different dialects could be detected about every 50 miles across the United States.

What is resonance and why does it matter when it comes to a regional accent?

Resonance has to deal with where the voice is “placed” and that is cultural. Neutral and clear-sounding speech is spoken with oral resonance where speech sounds are placed in the mouth cavity. Many regional speakers have too much nasal resonance placing speech in the nasal cavity which gives it the regional sound quality.

What does voice placement have to do with a regional accent reduction program?

Vocal pitch is often described as being placed into two categories: Habitual and optional pitch. Habitual pitch is your normal speaking voice and no one ever really thinks about that placement. For regional accents, it is often placed too high causing a thin, high-in-pitch sounding voice quality. Optimal pitch is the place in the lower throat where the voice functions at its best producing tones that are rich, strong and pure in tone quality. Regional accented speakers typically communicate from the habitual voice range.

What is intonation and why is it important for reducing a regional accent?

Intonation is the rhythm, cadence, and melody patterns for speech, and it is cultural within the United States. American intonation has moving pitch patterns and the vowel sounds should be said flat, without a rise in pitch as seen in southern speakers. Vowel sounds should also be said with ease and not involve over-punching from the back of the throat, which can be observed with speakers from the eastern region of the United States. Often with regional accents, some vowel sounds are pronounced outside of the Standard American Speech Model, which can be corrected.