Accent Assessment by Kim Dodge
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Accent Assessment

Improve Your Accent and Speak American English More Clearly
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At this moment, I am not currently offering Accent Assessments. Instead, consider a one-to-one coaching session where you can get immediate feedback and guidance and ask all your accent-related questions. Learn more about the Clarity Consultation here.
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Are you tired of working on and wondering about your accent and not being sure if you're focusing on the right things?

Want to speak English more clearly and effectively so that people will definitely understand what you say in English?

Then you should consider investing in an Accent Assessment.

Ready for specific feedback on your accent and how you sound when speaking?

Why should I get an Accent Assessment?

If you want to know what you should do to reduce your accent and improve your pitch, stress, and intonation, I can guide you.

Here's how: You'll record yourself speaking English and I will evaluate the way you sound. I'll send you a 15-20 minute video evaluation with personalized suggestionson specific steps you should take to immediately start improving your spoken English. I'll also include a PDF checklist and summary so you can track your progress.

What will I record myself saying?

As soon as you purchase the accent assessment, I will send you a few simple conversation questions to respond to. You'll record yourself speaking for 2-5 minutes.

My goal is to hear how you sound when speaking about familiar topics in your personal and professional life. When I listen to the recording, I'll identify which aspects of your accent need immediate attention so that you sound more natural in American English.

How do I prepare for the recording?

You do not need to prepare to record yourself at all! I want you to feel relaxed and comfortable. You should speak English just as you would during an everyday conversation with friends, with colleagues at work, college, or grad school, or with a stranger you meet locally or while traveling.

What do you do during an accent assessment?

When I evaluate your accent, I listen for the way you use your voice and breath and watch the way you form sounds with your lips, mouth, and jaw.

In particular, I focus on how consistently you stress your words and ideas and how you use intonation to communicate what you mean.

I also pay attention to elements of prosody, such as your pitch, rhythm, pace, speaking speed, breathing, pausing, and volume, in addition to stress and intonation.

I watch your video recording several times so that I can focus on different aspects of your speech and give you clear, specific suggestions.

What will I learn from the assessment?

In my assessment video, I will explain specifically what you need to do to improve your accent in American English, focusing on pitch, stress, intonation, thought groups, connected speech, breathing, pausing, speaking speed, pace, volume, and other aspects of how you use your voice to communicate.

I will also identify 3-5 aspects of your pronunciation (the articulation of consonant and vowel sounds) that need the most attention right now. I'll show you how you need to move your mouth to get these sounds closer to how a native speaker says them.

The written assessment provides additional details and points you to helpful resources. In addition, I suggest the order of priority so that you stay focused on what you need to do right now to communicate clearly and effectively.

You'll receive your assessment 3-5 business days from when I receive your recording. This way I can give you and your needs the focus you deserve.

Here's How It Works:

Record Yourself Speaking
Simply send me a short video recording of yourself responding to the questions I'll send you. You can use your cell phone or webcam - it's easy!

Video Evaluation
You'll receive a detailed video recording with my specific, personalized suggestions on what YOU should do to improve how you sound and reduce your accent in American English.

Clear Suggestions on Improving Your Accent
You'll also get a PDF checklist and summary with clear suggestions on what you can do right now to improve your accent.

Guidance from an Experienced Coach
I'll use my years of experience with non-native English speakers of all language backgrounds to give you specific guidance on what will help you speak more clearly and effectively in American English.

When should I get an accent assessment?

You should consider getting an accent assessment when you have doubts, questions, concerns, or frustrations about how you sound when speaking American English.

You may also want to get an accent assessment when you've been working on reducing your accent and improving how you sound on your own and you want to check and see how you're doing and what else you should focus on. 

An accent assessment is an excellent way to find out how Americans "hear" you!

As an accent and communication coach with over 10 years experience working with non-native English speakers, I can explain what you need to change in simple, straightforward language.

Why Other Non-Native Speakers Invest in an Accent Assessment

Wondering why other people have decided to invest in an accent assessment? Here are a few reasons:

  • when you're applying to or interviewing for a new job at a new company or organization or when looking for a promotion or new position with your current company
  • when you've been told that your accent or how you sound is affecting whether or not people understand you and that it may be holding you back at work
  • when you're an entrepreneur and often have meetings and interviews with native speakers to discuss or promote your business or idea and want to sound as good as possible
  • when you often have to lead meetings and give presentations in English and you want to feel as confident as possible about how clearly you speak
  • when you're a professor or educator teaching in English and you want to make sure your students understand you easily
  • when you have to attend networking events and conferences in English and you don't want to feel insecure about your accent when interacting with new people
  • when you're spending a lot of time working on your accent and you're not sure if you're doing the right thing or if you're even making progress
  • when you want to fit in better and sound more like your friends, acquaintances, neighbors, classmates, colleagues, and coworkers

What People Are Saying


Having lived in the United States for 10 years, I thought I had a fairly good accent already. I was blown away by the meticulous detail Kim has provided through the video assessment, along with the helpful articles. With just one assessment, I found out some of the biggest pronunciation mistakes I kept on making for years, and fixed them already!

She even pointed out that I had "Californian" intonation, and taught me how to improve that into more "standard" American English. Looking at how Kim moved her lips and tongue in the video was very helpful as well, since I could exactly see how to change my way of making these sounds. This was the best money I've spent in the last couple of months!

-Sung, South Korea (living in the US)

I'm so glad I took this language assessment! I am very impressed with the thoroughness and expertise you demonstrated in the Accent Assessment video and written response. I've been following your suggestions ever since and I've already seen improvements. Finally, not only you gave me invaluable suggestions and info to improve my speaking, but you also boosted my overall confidence.

-Toni, Brazil (living in the US)

Thank you for sending the assessment, it is very helpful. The concrete suggestions on what to change and what to change to was exactly I was looking for. Now I know what to practice on and where to start from.

-Raj, India (living in the US)

Kim has an engaging and practical way of teaching sounding natural. She is big on "musicality" of English so she trained me hard on intonation and length of pronunciation. She has phenomenal ears that could single out the subtle differences in my accent.

-Carol, China (living in the US)

Get Your Accent Assessment

If you're ready to get my feedback on your accent, please click the "Get access" button to pay for your assessment. You can pay using your credit or debit card or Paypal.

After your payment, you will receive an email from me with detailed instructions on what to do next. In short, you will send me a recording and I will send you a video evaluation.

If you don't receive the email within an hour or two, please contact me so I can send you further instructions.

You can also download the instructions in PDF format.

Accent Assessment Policy


When you sign up for an accent assessment, you agree to provide a video or audio recording within 30 days of date of purchase. If you do not provide a recording within 30 days, you will forfeit your payment. You will not be offered a refund, nor will you be eligible to obtain an accent assessment at another date.

Please be sure to review the Terms and Conditions, Privacy Policy, and Online Course, Program, and Coaching Policies.

Important Note

If you are interested in complete accent elimination and producing consonant and vowel sounds by moving your mouth exactly like a native speaker, you should work with a speech language pathologist based in your desired region.

I do not specialize in complete accent elimination, but emphasize sounding more natural, speaking more clearly and being more easily understood.

While I identify sounds you need to improve, I emphasize getting them "close enough" because stress, intonation, and other elements of prosody are much more important for clear communication.

FAQ

What will you focus on in this accent assessment?

I will explain specifically what you need to do to improve your accent in American English, focusing on pitch, stress, intonation, thought groups, connected speech, breathing, pausing, speaking speed, pace, volume, and other aspects of how you use your voice to communicate.

These elements are often called prosody or suprasegmental features.

I will also identify 3-5 aspects of your pronunciation (the articulation of consonant and vowel sounds) that need the most attention right now. I'll show you how you need to move your mouth to get these sounds closer to how a native speaker says them.

If you are interested in complete accent elimination and producing consonant and vowel sounds by moving your mouth exactlylike a native speaker, you should work with a speech language pathologist based in your desired region.

As an accent and communication coach, I focus on how you communicate and how people hear you. I will emphasize specific sounds in the assessment if they are distracting from your meaning or if you are mispronouncing these sounds in a way that leads to regular misunderstandings.

Can I request you focus on specific aspects of my accent?

Yes, of course! If you have specific questions about your accent or pronunciation, please mention these in your recording so I can pay extra attention to them.

As you know from my articles and videos, I specialize in helping you use your voice to communicate effectively, including pitch, stress, intonation, thought groups, connected speech, breathing, pausing, speaking speed, pace, volume, and other aspects of how you use your voice to communicate.

Will I learn anything new from this accent assessment?

After an accent assessment, my clients regularly say that they never paid attention to this specific concept before, or they didn't realize that they were making a particular mistake, or that they never paid attention to this specific aspect of their speech.

If you've been following my accent advice, you may hear me mention concepts that I regularly talk about in my articles and videos. However, I will explain how they specifically apply to you as a speaker of your native language. 

In addition, there are many accent reduction concepts that are too complex or advanced to share with a general audience in free resources. I'll give you tips on these during your accent assessment, too.

What is the difference between an Accent Assessment and a Clarity Consultation?

While I will share the same information during an Accent Assessment and a Clarity Consultation, there are key differences between the two.

An accent assessment is best for someone who feels shy about meeting for a one-to-one coaching session, or whose schedule is too unpredictable to schedule a specific meeting time.

During an accent assessment, I have the opportunity to listen to your recording several times so I can give you detailed feedback.

A clarity consultation is best for someone who wants to ask questions about their accent, get feedback and accent advice, and then ask additional questions for clarification during the session.

If you learn best from a conversation or discussion of your accent, you may prefer a clarity consultation. You'll receive a recording of our meeting so that you can refer back to it and don't have to take notes.

Because a clarity consultation happens live, it is possible that we will not get to discuss every aspect of your accent, but as with the accent assessment, I will tell you what you should work on in order of priority so that you can improve how you sound.

Will I understand how you explain what I need to do to improve my accent?

When discussing your accent, I will speak in simple, straightforward language. As an educator who has been working with non-native English speakers for over 10 years, I understand how to explain things in a way that is easy to understand.

In addition, I can explain how your native language influences your accent. During my career, I have worked with people from all over the world and understand the specific challenges you face as a speaker of a certain language.

I avoid using linguistics jargon when possible, or try to explain things in several different ways so you can understand. My clients appreciate the way I explain accent reduction because it is simpler and easier to implement than other advice they've received.

For examples of how I explain accent concepts, try my video on Sound More American: Three Simple Changes to Improve Your Pronunciation for an American Accent.

What makes your accent assessment different?

First of all, your accent assessment is done by me personally, not a computer or a member of my team. If you have benefited from my free videos, email courses, or other resources, you already know whether you like my style of explaining these concepts.

Next, I focus on what you need to do to speak more clearly and be more easily understood, rather than what you're doing "wrong" when compared to native American English speakers. I share all the tips and tricks I have to get close to a natural-sounding accent, without focusing on producing sounds exactly the same way native speakers do.

Because I focus on pitch, stress, intonation, thought groups, connected speech, breathing, pausing, speaking speed, pace, volume, and how you use your voice to communicate in my work, I prioritize these in my assessments.