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Accent Reduction

Let's get you speaking with confidence to blend in with Americans, to overcome subconscious bias and to communicate clearly.

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FAQ

  • How does accent reduction work?
    It all starts with "phonetics" (symbols that are supposed to be a universal sign for specific sounds). After identifying which sounds in your speech give you away as a non-native speaker, we work to adjust those sounds. This starts with mastering making that sound as well as understanding when to use it. After establishing a strong foundation in the phonetics of the American accent, we'll move on to advanced reading exercises outside of materials (e.g. books, articles) to bridge the gap from controlled practice to speaking. If you want to know more, read this blog post.
  • How long does it take to reduce your accent fully?
    It depends on a variety of factors. These factors are: What’s your starting point How many classes a week are you taking? How consistently are you practicing outside of class? Are you re-watching the class recordings? Are you recording yourself as you’re practicing and listening to yourself and other native speakers very consciously? To learn more, read the blog post dealing with this subject.
  • I suck at languages, will I ever get rid of my accent?
    Learning a language is certainly not easy. However, you need to know that when most of us learned English in school, our teachers didn’t teach us / didn’t know themselves, how to properly teach us the American pronunciation. Instead, we learned speaking English in their accent. In the process of accent reduction, you will be learning “phonetics” which will help you understand the proper mechanics of how the American sounds should be said as well as where to place them. There are a lot of rules and patterns we can follow to help us. At the same time, some of it will be vocabulary (i.e. memorization) as well.
  • Why would I want to reduce my accent?
    These tend to be the main reasons: wanting to blend in with native speakers speaking with confidence being able to communicate clearly overcome subconscious bias in personal / work life
  • How do I get started?
    Use the contact form to send me an email to book a 1hr A La Carte Session to start your accent reduction journey. Note, this session can only be booked after contacting me. If you'd like to just get your feet wet, ask more questions about the process and the materials, I recommend booking the Clarity Call instead.
  • What is "subconscious bias" ?
    We encounter and also have subconscious bias in most parts of our lives. To give you an accent related example, every country has varieties of accents. At the same time, there is usually an “accent” that’s considered the “proper” way of speaking. Often, people in bigger cities will speak like this more commonly than people in rural areas. As a result, when people from cities listen to people from rural areas speak, they might (subconsciously) associate their way of speaking with a lack of intellect which, of course, is not justified. This exists everywhere, not just in the US. The UK can be quite a vivid example of this because they have a very large variety of dialects and even native speakers can sometimes have a hard time understanding each other, depending on how strong the dialects are. (e.g. London vs Scotland)
  • What's your cancellation policy?
    Students must request to cancel/reschedule at least 24hrs before or session will count as completed and cannot be refunded. The only exception to this is if students paid for a 10 session package. Then you can cancel up to 12hrs before the session time.
  • Have you worked with somebody with my accent before? Does that matter?
    In short, it does not matter. I have worked with students from all over the globe but not from every single country. Even beyond that, inside of one country, the accents will differ based on geography, social background, education, etc. However, the accent reduction process is the same, regardless of which accent you have. The sounds we need to start with or the kinds of mistakes you are making might be different from certain accents but all that means is that we'll be attacking the sounds from the angle that makes the most sense based on how you're deviating from American.
  • Where do the classes take place?
    All classes are conducted online via Zoom.
  • How long does it take for you to reply to a message?
    I strive to respond to everbody within 24hrs, within my office hours. Office hours: Mo - Fri: 9am - 4pm PT, Sa: 10am - 2pm PT

About me

My name is Dillon and I'm a writer, actor and accent reduction coach living in Los Angeles, California. I'm originally from Europe and came to the US to study acting. I already had a really solid foundation in grammar and vocabulary at the time but quickly discovered that my accent was going to hinder me in pursuing the roles I wanted. The majority of great roles are occupied by native speakers and I didn't want to be stuck in "the German nazi soldier" for the rest of my career. Thankfully, my acting school offered a vigorous accent reduction program which I took full advantage of. After patient and consistent work, I was able to get rid of my accent. In the process, I developed a real passion for accents and dialects in general and broadened my arsenal to include Standard British, Cockney, General Southern, General Irish, and more.

Students from all over the globe

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While every person is unique and encounters unique challenges to reducing their accent, the overall process is the same for everybody. Identify the sounds that need to be adjusted and drill them to establish a solid foundation in the American accent and to form new & correct instincts. After that, we delve into rhythm, stress, intonation, etc.

Coaching

Online 1-on-1 Coaching

30 min Clarity Call
$40

If you want to talk to me about what exactly accent reduction entails, if you have general questions about the process, class structure and materials, this is for you. If you have certain words or phrases on your mind that you aren't sure about how to say, you can ask about those too!

 

However, this is not an actual session. If you want to get true drilling and practice time in, you should book the 1hr A La Carte Session. The Clarity Call helps you get your feet wet and get a better understanding of the process before jumping in. We will not be doing targeted drilling. 

1hr A La Carte Session
$95

A full fledged session in which we’ll work on your accent using class materials (Google Documents I’ll share with you after class), targeted drills to help your trouble areas, immediate feedback on how you’re doing and I send you the video recording of our class afterwards.

 

Important: You have to contact me to book this session because every new student is required to send me an audio recording of this text first. This gives me an idea for what we need to work on ahead of the class.

5 Session Package
$475

After the initial 1hr A La Carte Session, every student pays in packages of either 5 or 10 sessions.

Requirement: must have completed one A La Carte Session first.

10 Session Package
$940

After the initial 1hr A La Carte Session, every student pays in packages of either 5 or 10 sessions.

Requirement: must have completed one A La Carte Session first.

Los Angeles

a professional with extensive knowledge

Dillon is a professional with extensive knowledge of pronunciation. I highly recommend his classes because he has gone through the accent work process himself. He has mastered the American accent and understands the difficulties. 

he found everything that took me years to find

Great communication and great experience! He knew what I needed and what the solutions were to improve my accent. I was impressed by how he found everything that took me years to find by myself and way more in just a single session. Highly recommended!

delivers in a timely and professional manner

Dillon is thorough in his preparation, keenly observes the pupil's strengths and weaknesses, and delivers in a timely and professional manner. In short, he is exactly as advertised.

Why work with me to reduce your accent?

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Real time feedback

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Recorded Classes

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Detailed Materials for American Sounds

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Actionable Drills & Exercises

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Audio Recordings of the exercises

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Classes tailored to your needs

Testimonials

"I can already see the progress"

He knows exactly what I need, and I can feel that my success is his goal. I find it very beneficial that he is not a native speaker (his English is perfect!). Because of this Dillon knows the difficulties we might have, and what the best way is to explain how to pronounce or understand specific sounds. I can say that I am 100% confident that I made the right choice, and I can already see the progress.

"his methodology fits anyone"

Dillon is a great teacher, very professional and patient, he is definitely the best option for anyone who wants to improve their English pronunciation and accent. He has a wide knowledge of the topic and his methodology fits anyone. I am very happy and feel more confident now to speak thanks to his lessons. Thank you Dillon!

"recommend him without hesitation"

Dillon is extremely competent in his area and I would recommend him to anyone willing to improve their English or their pronunciation skills. He is very disciplined (never late for a class, never cancels without notification), has a methodical approach and truly engages with the student. The results are tangible, I recommend him without hesitation.

"extensive knowledge of pronunciation"

Dillon is a professional with extensive knowledge of pronunciation. I highly recommend his classes because he has gone through the accent work process himself. He has mastered the American accent and understands the difficulties.

"specific insights and takeaways"

Great communication. He sent me a document and had me record myself reading it before the session, and I could tell he had listened and analyzed it because he had lots of specific exercises and feedback. I left the session with some specific insights and takeaways. Great experience!

"already learned stuff I never knew"

Very helpful lessons! I definitely recommend them to anyone who wants to reduce their accent or improve their American accent. I’ve already learned stuff I never knew and seen progress, so I’m looking forward to taking more lessons. Of course you’ll have to practice as much as possible if you want to really see results.

Contact Me

Fill out the form and let me know what your questions are.

Location: Los Angeles

Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time

Office Hours: Mo - Fri: 9am - 4pm PT, Sa: 10am - 2pm PT

If you're contacting me with interest of booking a session, please be ready to send an audio recording of a text file that I will share with you.

How familiar are you with "phonetics" ? For example, (without looking them up) do you know which words these symbols spell out? /fɑðɚ/ - /klɔ/ - /wʌndɚ/ -- This is not required knowledge but your answer will let me know more about your starting point with this work.

Thanks for sending a message! Please allow around 24hrs for a reply.

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