Accent Reduction and English Pronunciation Training

Personalized 1:1 Pronunciation Training, with a top native-speaker teacher.

You can start with a free Live-Online trial lesson. Do you have questions? Call +31 (0)20 823 0569. We are happy to speak with you!

Improve your English pronunciation with a talented native-speaker teacher – online or in one of our great classrooms.

English accent training and accent reduction lessons complete your English training.

How is your English accent? Your pronunciation?

Accents can be charming and add a sort of music to language. But accents can also be problematic, interfering with everyday communication. If people often ask you to repeat what you said, you may have consistent pronunciation errors that are making you hard to understand. These errors are pronunciation habits that can hurt you professional or academic career. In simple terms, when your accent is “thick” (strong) ,it is a lot of work for others to listen to you. They have to guess the misspoken words from context. Here are some examples:

  • tree or three?
  • very or ferry?
  • sheep or ship?
  • seek or chic?

If you are Dutch, the classic pronunciation error is replacing the TH sound with a T or D. If you are Asian, the problem may be R and L. Such mistakes affect other’s ability to understand you, and can also make it hard for you to learn to be a good listener and to spell correctly.

We believe that English accent training (accent reduction)​ is one of the most important aspects of your English training.

Accurate pronunciation supports everyday communication. It makes you a better listener and it allows others to understand what you are saying without the irritation of asking you to repeat yourself.

Would you like some tips for English Accent Reduction and Pronunciation training?

  • Do more listening and less reading. Use our Video Library Program, TV, Netflix, podcasts, eBooks, whatever you like, but you have to train your ear!
  • Accept the fact that letters and words may sound very different than you have imagined or learned. Let your teacher advise you.
  • Prepare to change your habits, because pronunciation, good or bad, is a habit.
  • Slow down and discover your mouth, lips, teeth and tongue. Discover the  the feeling of the sound and practice it.
  • Practice, practice, practice
  • Use Tongue Twisters
  • Use Rachel’s English videos
  • Use our Interactive Learn English App
  • Request a copy of our booklet, “Sounding Great”

In English Accent Pronunciation Private Training, you will improve

  • Intonation
  • Production of vowels and consonants
  • Production of consonant clusters
  • Elimination of fossilized errors

What accent do you prefer? British or American?

The English Center has teachers who are experienced in helping learners achieve a proper British or American accent. ​

How can I improve my English pronunciation in class and at home?

In class, you will get specific training for how to speak English correctly.

And to extend your training hours, ask us about our interactive Learn English app. Changing pronunciation habits requires a lot of listening and supervised practice. Pronunciation support is included in all lessons and can also be chosen as a focus. Choose to work with an English trainer from the US or the UK. Contact us to learn more.

A pronunciation graph with 4 sectors showing mouths (lips and teeth) positions for the sounds U, V, TH and OO.

Course details

LevelB1 and higher
Course8 weeks
Day and timeflex
Class hours12
Self-study hours16 hours
Total study hours28
Max. participants1. Private course.
Study bookrecommended, not included
Niveau test:
Interactieve video:recommended, not included
LocationSee our contact page for location options or Live Online with Zoom.
Penny Qian
Penny Qian
21:20 21 Jul 20
Useful course for English as a second language learners, the teacher is very nice and responsible. The course is provided in a small group, with a lot of information and after-class homework. I had a very nice experience!
Salomée Rodenburg
Salomée Rodenburg
19:43 18 Jul 20
Good quality, very intuitive platform, lovely teachers - learned a lot from them. Definitely recommend it to anyone who would like to step up their gam and would like to learn better corporate English!
Andrea Erdbecher Córdoba
Andrea Erdbecher Córdoba
12:11 03 Jul 20
My experience at The English Center was excellent !! I had Rose as a teacher, She is the best professional, very good teaching you and above all she is so patient. All the content is very useful. Don't to loose the chance to learn English at TEC.
Roman Beukema
Roman Beukema
08:19 11 Jun 20
Not only was my time at the English Centre very useful, it was also a great pleasure. Steph is a wonderful teacher who makes the effort to adjust the course to your personal needs and wishes. Besides, she speaks with this lovely sweet and melodious British accent which I alway so much admire and am aiming for myself!
Natalia Sawicka
Natalia Sawicka
20:02 31 Mar 20
I had a great experience with The English Center. It was super easy and quick to arrange the classes in the format I expected. I want to especially recommend my teacher - Rose. Her lessons are always fun while also structured and fit to purpose. I was really impressed how Rose picked up on my pronunciation missteps and helped to improve those in a fun and interactive way! Last but not least, Rose is an amazing person, she will keep you engaged on every level, pick up on the latest world developments, recommend a nice book or laugh about recent tv show you both happened to watch.
Ron Seesing
Ron Seesing
05:36 10 Oct 19
The English Course is perfect to improve my English for business purpose. Great teacher Rose Hook who is very helpfull with great excercises. The course takes place at beatifull locations. I strongly recommand this course.
Tomas Beerthuis
Tomas Beerthuis
09:11 29 Sep 19
I warmly recommend The English Center and in particular Rose! Rose is a fantastic teacher who easily uncovers areas of improvement, gives great feedback and tailors each session to meet your objectives. Thank you for helping me improve!
Aliina Neep
Aliina Neep
16:07 18 Jul 19
Very happy to have chosen The English Center to improve my business English. Not only have I gained confidence in speaking English, but I've noticed a huge improvement in my pronunciation and vocabulary. Thank you, The English Center!
Melissa Nguyen
Melissa Nguyen
09:55 24 Apr 19
I have private lessons which are tailor made to my learning goals, and I'm very satisfied with the quality of teaching! Highly recommended!
Joanne Schouten
Joanne Schouten
13:47 04 Apr 19
If you want to improve your English skills, the English Center is the place to be. My teacher Daniel was the best, and I am impressed by the personal approach and feedback of the staff. Thank you all for helping me reach my goals.
Francesca Bergamin
Francesca Bergamin
07:53 11 Oct 18
Helpful staff, beautiful and cozy location. The course was created by matching my needs and my teacher Esther did an amazing job. Honestly I am sad that the lessons are finished. I do recommend this school.
Rijk Plasman
Rijk Plasman
05:50 06 Oct 18
Personal approach and modern learning methods.
Isis Caljé
Isis Caljé
13:36 05 Oct 18
I got great feedback on what I need to focus on to reduce my natural accent and sound more American.
John Gl
John Gl
16:39 08 Feb 18
Professional and great place!
Claire Langenhoff
Claire Langenhoff
10:10 06 Feb 18
If you're looking for a place to develop your professional English skills, this is the place to go!
Paul Duizendstra
Paul Duizendstra
08:41 06 Feb 18
Marike is the best.
Koen Feya Koen
Koen Feya Koen
10:14 22 Jun 16
Great teachers, very nice atmosphere and the founders/owners have a very personal approach into setting you up with the right course and helping you get started!
Mario Derksen
Mario Derksen
06:56 15 Apr 16
The English Center outsources their MailChimp newsletter at Mailhouse Rock. Each time a pleasure to work with Brenda/Michael!
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