Is Accent Reduction Training right for you?

Do people have trouble understanding you?  Do you want people to hear WHAT you are saying and not HOW you are saying it?  Tired of the question “Where are you from?”

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, accent reduction training can help you speak Standard American English with confidence and clarity.

My accent reduction course is personalized to fit your needs.  It will help you:

  • Switch from your foreign or regional accent to Standard American English
  • Master your pronunciation and intonation of English
  • Improve your communication at work and with friends
  • Increase your confidence when speaking

To get started, take a free online evaluation or contact me directly.

I’m Ilana Shydlo, and I hold an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology with a bilingual focus.  I’m also a certified trainer in the Compton PESL Accent Modification Method, a research-based technique to reduce your accent.


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What people are saying

I have had just a few classes with Ilana but I’m already noticing a big improvement of my English speech. My accent is not as heavy as it used to be, and I feel much more confident when speaking in public. People also tell me that my Russian accent noticeably has reduced and now they can understand me better. I feel very comfortable studying with Ilana. She's a nice and friendly person. It's a delight to have her as my teacher.

~ Nikita / Student, First language - Russian

My English level was intermediate and I had a strong accent, so I didn’t want to speak English in public. The hardest thing was that even if I was speaking English correctly, nobody could understand me because of my strong accent. At that time I met Ilana. She is very patient and generous, and she always tries to understand me. After 10 classes, I feel confident in speaking English. This is what I hoped for from this course!

~ Yukiko Sekiai / Sales associate, First language – Japanese

I have spoken fluent English for more than 20 years but always with an accent. Tired of having to repeat myself twice to order something at fast food restaurants, I decided to seek help. I contacted Ilana, whose patient, professional dedication and passion for helping clients with their accent has no match. She has helped me not only to reduce my accent but to feel more confident. I can't thank her enough. I highly recommend Ilana to anyone who wants to improve her/his pronunciation.

~ A.E. / BS in Civil Engineering, First Language- Spanish

My first interaction with Ms. Shydlo was a phone conversation in which I explained that my accent was an obstacle at my new working environment. Although she thought I would need a certain number of sessions, after the initial evaluation she said that I actually needed less. This honest statement gave me total trust in her. In addition to her honesty, Ms. Shydlo is very humanistic in her approach. She provided me with a safe place to make mistakes, express myself and learn how to improve my speech.Ms. Shydlo is very devoted to her students and passionate about linguistics. This can be seen in the fact the she is always available for questions via email and assistance during the week.Even after 5 classes, I feel improvement and more confidence in my speech. Ms. Shydlo is a person who will not only guide you through this process, but will also join you.

~ Scott L. / Community Habilitation Supervisor, First Language - Hebrew

Ilana has been an incredible support in my accent reduction. I'm a Singer-Songwriter who speaks Spanish and she has helped me a lot with my art! She is the best, so patient and dedicated! Sessions are super clear and personalized! I totally recommend her.

~ Karin Hofmann / Singer-Songwriter, First language - Spanish

I decided to take some accent reduction classes because I am thinking of continuing education in speech/language pathology. I am very happy that I found Ilana, since her classes are both affordable and highly professional. Although she said my accent was light, I learned tons of new facts about American accent I was not aware of before. Besides targeting problematic areas, Ilana provides very good materials for independent practice, which include, but are not limited to a digital textbook with audio tracks. In addition, throughout the lessons she creates the list of common words which the student needs to practice pronouncing and checks on the progress every lesson. We meet via Skype, and, if there are any technical problems, Ilana is always willing to add a few extra minutes to the lesson.

~ Anna Z. / Special Care Professional, First Language – Russian