English Accent Coaching for Actors

If you are a non native English speaking actor (or singer), you will no doubt want to focus on either an American English (AE) or a British accent (BE) first. You may need to learn them both, but you should start by clearly hearing and being able to produce the contrasting sounds, for example in As, Hs and Rs. Then you can dive into your chosen accent.

Just a few of the accent differences (AE vs BE) are:

  • the mid and final position R (usually not spoken in BE)
  • the O sound in words like shop and lost
  • words like caught and court sound the same in BE. In American English, the sounded R distinguishes them.
  • the vowels in the words ferry and fairy sound the same in AE,but different in BE
  • the A sound in can’t is flat and rather closed in AE, while it sounds like an open “ah” in BE
  • the words pen and pin are almost indistinguishable in AE, but the E in pen is clearly heard in BE

This sort of training is totally personalized and recommended for actors, singers, public speakers, business presenters, business leaders and thought leaders.

At the moment we recommend online training, but we also offer in-person appointments at our outstanding locations in Amsterdam – in the beautiful, artistic Museum Quarter close to the Vondelpark and Van Gogh Museum, and at a historic Binnenkant canal house just minutes from Amsterdam Centraal Station. Plus we see clients in Den Haag, Amstelveen and at in-company locations. Please note that a surcharge may apply for on-location training.

Contact us about a free intake appointment so you can get started working with your native-speaker trainer.

Course details

LevelB1 and higher
TeacherNative-Speaker
Course8 weeks
Day and timeflex
Class hours12
Self-study hours16: interactive video training recommended
Total study hours28
Max. participants1
Study bookrecommended, not included
Level test
Interactieve videorecommended, not included
LocationLive Online via Zoom or in great classrooms at Van Eeghenlaan 27 (Museum Quarter), Kromme Waal 9 (near Centraal Station), Amstelveen Chirurgijn and Den Haag.
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Helen Metselaar
13:20 26 Apr 21
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Funda Ovaci Kahyaoglu
14:23 26 Jan 21
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09:50 04 Jan 21
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Claire van de Loo
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11:15 06 Nov 20
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Noortje Boots
14:20 07 Aug 20
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Shirin Saffari
Shirin Saffari
12:18 07 Aug 20
Rose was an amazing teacher, I've learned so many useful things past week. Pronouncing some words repeatedly, giving tips & tricks and also really taking the time to explain what the difference is in UK/ US.I really enjoyed my class and would recommend her and The English Center to everybody.
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Penny Qian
21:20 21 Jul 20
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19:43 18 Jul 20
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12:11 03 Jul 20
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Roman Beukema
08:19 11 Jun 20
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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.
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05:36 10 Oct 19
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09:11 29 Sep 19
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16:07 18 Jul 19
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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!
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Joanne Schouten
13:47 04 Apr 19
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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
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Claire Langenhoff
10:10 06 Feb 18
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Paul Duizendstra
08:41 06 Feb 18
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10:14 22 Jun 16
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06:56 15 Apr 16
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