Accents are a bit of a mystery to many people, and trying to change one can be a daunting task. In this presentation, we’ll talk about some of the reasons why changing an accent is so difficult and then discuss strategies for learning some of the most challenging sounds and elements of Standard American English. I will focus specifically on the areas my past Hebrew- speaking clients have struggled with most; but even if your accent is not Israeli, you will still find the information helpful.
Changing one’s accent is not negating one’s identity; we are all works in progress, expanding who we are and growing through life experiences and time. People’s motivations for modifying an accent differ; many say they want to speak more clearly and be understood; some say they want to feel more confident with their English- speaking skills for business purposes; others say they are tired of being asked where they’re from... whatever your reason, know that there are very few things about our voices and speaking styles that are immutable. Charlemagne said that to have another language is to have another soul. Tap into a very deep part of yourself, and learn how you can change your accent.
About the speaker:
Judith has worked as a speech/language pathologist and corporate speech trainer in New York City since 1992. Her practice, Accent On Speech, is based in NYC and specializes in accent modification and improving the voice for business and personal life. Most of her clients come from the corporate world, and have included companies such as: Bloomberg, BTG Pactual, Bank Austria, State Bank of India, Colgate Palmolive, among many others, and come from a variety of language-speaking backgrounds. Her background includes a BA in Linguistics and an MA in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She holds workshops and lectures on voice and speech, guests occasionally on radio, including “Urban View” on Sirius Radio, and has sung at various venues in NYC, including The Bitter End and The Duplex.