Speak with confidence and clarity

Accent and Dialect Coaching for Professionals


Accent Training

Accent Training is a powerful solution for those who want to speak American English with more confidence and less miscommunication. If you want to stop feeling limited by your accent in your personal or professional life, then you're a great match for Accent Training.

Dialect Coaching

Dialect coaching is perfect for actors, comedians, and performers who need to add a new dialect to their skill set. If you're looking for engaging, effective lessons to improve your Standard American or New York accent, dialect coaching is right for you.


What students are saying

"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

"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

"It's been such a great pleasure working with Ilana! She is kind, cheerful, approachable, flexible yet super organized with an impeccable work ethic. All the sessions are extremely tailored to your needs and she is always well prepared for each meeting. She is also very punctual and would not even waste one minute of each meeting. I have learned so much from her in just a short period of time. You can tell that she is passionate about what she does and truly cares about each client. I cannot recommend her enough and certainly look forward to more sessions with her."

SL, Analytical Consulting

First Language - Mandarin

"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...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

Hello! I'm Ilana Shydlo.

I am an accent and dialect coach who has worked with a wide variety of clients from engineers to standup comedians. Whether you'd like to work on your accent for professional or personal reasons, I can provide guidance and instruction to help you on your journey.

I have a decade of experience in the field of accent coaching. I hold an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology with a bilingual focus as well as a certification in the Compton PESL Accent Modification Method, a research-based technique to reduce your accent.

I also know firsthand what it's like to face challenges with your accent. While my native language is American English, I have studied various languages including Russian, Spanish, and French.

My teaching style combines a friendly, patient, and caring demeanor with rigorous assessments. In our work together, you'll enjoy effective, engaging, and highly personalized lessons which suit your needs and yield excellent results.


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