An accent is part of a person’s uniqueness. It contributes to one’s personality, background and culture. The many varied accents that speakers of the English language have, adds richness and colour to the sound landscape. Almost all of us have some sort of accent.
South Africa, in particular, is filled with many different accents – we might speak with a Zulu, Afrikaans, Coloured, Indian accent – to name but a few. At Accents, we do not aim to change your accent, our main focus is on improving clarity.
This means that we will focus on accent reduction, but we would not recommend eliminating a person’s accent entirely.
Having an accent can be an advantage in conversation, however, a very strong accent can get in the way of clarity.
4 Steps to Accent Reduction
Step 1 - Come in for a free assessment
Our specialised facilitators are trained to assess an individual’s
voice and determine which elements of your accent is hindering clarity and understanding
Step 2 - Customised programme is created
We create a specific programme to address your particular areas of weakness. The number of sessions is dependent on the complexity of the speech area. We e-mail this proposal to you with an estimate of how many sessions would be required.
Step 3 - Individual Coaching
Training commences with our highly specialised facilitators. We also provide specific sound bits for vowel and consonant practice, so that clients can continue to practice after the session, wherever and whenever they like.
Step 4 - Maintenance & follow-up
Accents provides follow-up sessions for clients to ensure that the benefits gained, are retained.
Contact Us For a Quotation
Group training and individual coaching are available.
Accents was involved with Discovery Health in their global expansion to the US (Destiny Health Inc) and the UK (PruHealth).
We trained The South African call centre agents in preparation for this venture.
“Thank you Marija, for assisting me so professionally to be better understood”
“Thank you for you patience and the wonderful way in which you conducted the sessions”
“At last I am able to be understood in Project Management Meetings! Thank you”