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“I have been searching for a highly proficient accent coach or institution. There are many online courses but I was not sure the courses until I found the Accent & Corporate English Training Classes, offered by Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center. Carrie is an excellent Speech trainer and she customized the communication training course. It was extremely well designed. I really enjoyed this Accent and Communication training and it has given me a new confidence in dealing with my work situation and my personal confidence. All things about the course were excellent and extremely helpful. I enjoyed it very much."
(MOOG Inc. Employee)
(Native Language: Korean)

“I have attended several pronunciation classes. Carrie  is the best instructor. I have been in USA for 16 years. I improved my English pronunciation under her instruction. She gave me confidence to speak and listen English.”
(New York State Licensed Medical Physicist)
(Native Language: Mandarin)

“The instructor is very professional and knowledgeable. The program is organized in a very effective way. It’s very helpful when the professional points out the mistakes you didn’t realize before.”
(University of Buffalo Graduate Student-Finance)
(Native Language: Mandarin)


“I can't tell you how wonderful these last past nine weeks have been. Although it was only nine hours of training, the contribution of your time and effort has been life-changing. Being a minister in a doctoral program for theology, with little formal training at the art of speaking, I must say I have benefited tremendously from your feedback. I think this is a part of your life calling you are a natural at proliferating as well as modifying one's natural abilities. You have made my day, and you are an exceptional person!”
All the best,
Rev. Dave

“I always have the problem to pronounce ‘th’ sound. I knew the differences between the voiced and voiceless ‘th’, but I could not pronounce them correctly. The instructor introduced a website to help us distinguish different sounds. I think it is very helpful. The instructor even asked me to look at the mirror when I said the words. She tried many ways to teach and improve our pronunciation. Very good program and very good instructor.”
(Graduate Student)
(Native Language: Mandarin)

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Communication issues are nothing new for individuals for whom English is a second language. But when they get in the way of treating a patient or financing a business venture, an accent or poor English skills becomes more than an annoyance. Continue Reading

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There is a formula for the stages of learning that is so well known, it’s difficult to know where to give credit. It applies to modifying your accent as well. STAGE 1: UNCONSCIOUS INCOMPETENCE (Maybe you’ve never given much thought to HOW you speaking English or whether there was anything do to change it. In this stage, you have no

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Lesson #1 (after have FUN and take some RISKS!) for all my pronunciation clients is that there is NOT a direct relationship between how a word is spelled and how a word is pronounced in English. In other words, a single letter or a combination of letters used when spelling a word may be pronounced in many DIFFERENT ways. Need

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The sound of a specific foreign accent is determined to a large extent by the learner’s native language.  This explains why an English speaker is able to recognize a French accent, from a Russian accent, from a Chinese accent, and so on. This ability would suggest that the sound patterns of the native language are being transferred into the new

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My clients often ask me if it is ‘really necessary’ to take the time to record and playback their own voice when practicing.  My answer is, “YES, YES, and YES"! Part of the resistance to recording your own voice is that you do not recognize yourself when you listen to it.  “Is that how I really sound?” Let me explain

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There have been numerous scientific studies conducted indicating that a person's foreign accent undermines their credibility in ways that the speaker and listener are not even aware of. These results have important implications for how people perceive non-native speakers of a language.  Such a negative perception can be particularly damaging in professional settings. The studies have found that a foreign

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The processes of heaing and speaking are both instrumental on the journey towards an improved ability to understand (hearing) the English langauge being used all around you and in your ability to express yourself (speaking) when using the English language.   To change the way you hear and speak the English language takes hard work and dedication! During the month

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