Karen Van Hook, Ph.D.

Accent Modification for Speakers of
English as a Foreign Language

Yes, you can.

You can change your accent. If you speak English as a foreign language, you already know the pronunciation isn’t easy. The good news is that no matter how long you’ve been speaking English, you can learn more native-like pronunciation. You can learn to pronounce even the most difficult sounds of American English correctly. And you can learn to use more of the rhythm and “music” of the native sound.

What are your goals?

Do you want to sound much more fluent and native-like? Maybe you’re an advanced speaker—everyone understands you without a problem, but you’d like to sound more fluent, natural and confident. Or maybe you still have people asking you to repeat yourself—you’d like everyone to understand you easily. Whatever level you’re at, you can acquire a more native-like accent.


New Workshop for Japanese Speakers (click here to read more…)

I’m excited to announce that on October 15, 2017, I will be holding an intensive workshop on English pronunciation. Participants will learn “secrets” of English pronunciation that they have never heard from any other English teacher, including information about how English speakers use the muscles in the throat to create the voice.


Schedule a Free Consultation Now

Schedule a free half-hour meeting online or in my office. We will evaluate your pronunciation and talk about your goals. No obligation.

When is a Foreign Accent an Asset?

Some speakers of English as a foreign language want to retain aspects of their own accents, and there are good reasons for them to do so. The key is knowing when and how a foreign accent becomes an advantage.


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Somerville MA 02143