An accent occurs when sounds from your first language affect the pronunciation of sounds in your second language. Improving your pronunciation in your second (or third) language is called accent modification. The process involves learning new consonant sounds, vowel sounds, intonation and communication habits to match the local Toronto accent. As you learn to match more sounds, you progressively sound more native in your accent. Whether your accent is heavy or slight, we can help you. We understand that strength of an accent doesn't reflect how intelligent you are or how well you understand English. And, we know that clients who chose accent modification often experience trouble with pronunciation in their first language as well. Our clinic will help with that too.
Real reasons why clients have wanted to reduce their accents
- "to assimilate"
- "to sound as Canadian as I feel"
- "to have to repeat myself less"
- "to feel more confident"
- "as a self-development exercise"
Frequently worked on accents
We frequently work with clients who have the following accents:
At Well Said: Toronto Speech Therapy, we have worked on hundreds of accents and can help you achieve measurable improvements with your pronunciation in your real life. Using a client-centered, evidenced-based, holistic and collaborative approach, we will work with you and employ the latest research on accent and adult learning to achieve your speech goals.
Did you know our services are covered by most workplace and education insurance plans? Try our "Is Accent Work for Me?" self-reflection tool below to discover how you might benefit.
Is accent work for me?
Unsure if accent work is right for you? Try our new self-assessment tool by clicking on the box below. A box will open with a series of questions that will help you decide if this service is what you've been looking for.
Hear the Difference
Understand the way you currently speak and how it differs from the local accent .
Learn the Pattern
Learn how to pronounce sounds, say words and deliver sentences.
Practice the New Way
Achieve your goal through step-by-step and supported practice in a safe space.