For years, you focused on:
- Expanding your grammar skills
- Increasing your vocabulary
- Memorizing phrasal verbs
You dedicated your days and nights to mastering the English language and spent hours studying, practicing and learning.
But Maybe You Feel Like You Could Be Doing More
With Consistent Practice and Feedback from Me Every Single Day, You Will Start to Sound More Natural and ClearShow Me
Does this sound like you?
- You speak with a heavy accent, and people often ask you to repeat what you just said. You may not even be aware of what degree of accent you have.
- You say to yourself, “I don’t want my accent to be an issue at school, work or society anymore” I know I can get my point across in English, but I don’t want keep trying to pronounce words correctly and get overwhelmed by doing so.
- You are a foreign-born professional in the US and find that your colleagues and coworkers have difficulty understanding your spoken English. This can be very frustrating especially if you have been speaking English for a long time. You experience breakdowns in communication. If this sounds familiar you may find yourself wondering, “Why is my spoken English so difficult for American English speakers to understand?”
Are you a TOEFL-IBT exam student? Do you need a Speaking Score of 26?
To score high on the TOEFL IBT speaking test, you need to sound accurate and fluent. Your accent, grammar, fluency, and vocabulary have to be at “nearly-native speaker level”. That’s when you will get 26. If you have a heavy accent, or having trouble with proper intonation for TOEFL responses, you should plan to spend more time on practicing accent reduction.
Are you a business or healthcare professional who needs to sound more confident and natural when you speak to your colleagues, customers or patients?
So let me be honest with you: if you want to advance in management with your company, speaking skills are going to matter. How naturally you speak, how well you link words, how native-like your speech sounds and how intelligible your speech is to others are key points to consider. If you are a healthcare professional, your English communication must be clear to the patients and colleagues you interact with.
Are you studying at an English-speaking university?
You need to learn how to talk about your research, participate confidently in class discussions and share your opinions, ideas fluently.
Are you a non-native English learner who wants to fine-tune your English skills so that you feel more confident during daily life?
You just want to feel comfortable when you interact with other native speakers, your children’s teachers or just anybody in the supermarket. You want to experience the same comfort when you speak your own native language.
Whatever Your Goals Are, I Can Help Guide You To Reach Them
Remember: It is not necessary to sound perfect when you speak English. Your accent sounds cool and unique. It is part of who you are and it connects you with a particular part of the world. You don’t need to downplay yourself or your culture. I will simply help you sound natural, clear and confident.
My Vision For You:
Reduce your accent so you are understood better.
Target the specific pronunciation mistakes with sounds and words so these mistakes don’t distract from your communication.
Make you aware of the components of the natural speech: stress patterns, intonation, linking, weak and reduced sounds. Your intonation patterns should have the natural English language rhythm so that you don’t articulate every sound of every word separately, pausing and waiting between each word making you sound unclear.
Teach you how to flow smoothly and naturally with the rhythm of English so you are understood better by the others.
“I came to the US about 8 years ago from Argentina. As an IT software engineer, I have had little social interaction with other staff members outside of my immediate group. A training opportunity was offered to me that required training others and more oral communication. Sherlen listened to me and put a plan in place that would improve my language fluency and accent. As an engineer, systematic training is what I know and Sherlen is very structured with her training. She addressed my work сommunication needs, giving me the confidence and tools to overcome the spacing and pausing in my speech. My colleagues noted “above standard” with my training. They could clearly understand my pronunciation from their feedback on what was taught.” Tomas, from Argentina
“As a laboratory technician working for a hospital, my job requires a lot of followup report writing and presentation. I felt stuck at my level and with a heavy accent. A friend of mine who also works at the hospital recommended Sherlen. Within 30 days, my colleagues noticed a change in how I sounded. My pronunciation is becoming more nativelike. This is what I wanted to do for so long. Sherlen has an extensive knowledge in English language and created a сustomized program that was fun.”Nazanin from Iran, a lab technician
As a gynecologist, it is necessary for me to continue building a solid, trustworthy relationship with my patients. This need can only be accomplished by exceptional clinical and communication skills; both oral and written. Sherlen is not an ordinary English teacher. She constantly analyzes my strengths and weaknesses and uses a specialized process of destabilizing fossilized errors. She utilizes a very focused, targeted and determined approach for each set goal. She is very caring and eager to help me improve. When you have a class with her, you realize just how knowledgeable and experienced she is. With her encouragement and leadership, I have no doubt that she will help me reduce my accent to sound natural and clear while improving English as a whole. Meeting Sherlen is a great change in my life. I would like to thank her for her amazing diligence.Ayse from Turkey