“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

“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 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

“I first started to take this class because having an accent on the East Coast in NYC is like having a huge disability, like being an alien from another planet. I had the “duh” moment about taking the class while reading a book by Arnold Schwarzenegger in which he described taking accent lessons. It is worth investing in taking this class which will improve your quality of life personally and professionally. I cannot imagine a more patient and nonjudgmental teacher than Ilana. Correcting your accent is not something you can accomplish on your own; we spent a lifetime pronouncing everyday words the wrong way, and unfortunately it won’t go away until you have a speech therapist who can help you.”

– Tessa K. McKenzie, TV Producer

“Ilana is a great speech therapist who provided me with a structured syllabus and detailed exercises targeting my needs. She is always patient with my questions, and totally surprised me with her deep knowledge background of speech related issues. If you are interested in finding a speech therapist who can both teach you what you need, coach your progress, and at the same time provide a friendly atmosphere that makes you learn in a relaxed manner, Ilana is a good choice.”

– Ning, Social Worker, First language – Mandarin

 

“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