Voice Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology Services
for Adults and Children
A person's accent depends on many variables. Accents are typically grouped in the following way:
For example, people who are from Toronto often sound different than people who are from Newfoundland.
For example, someone who grew up speaking English will sound different than someone who spoke Chinese as their first language and learned English as an adult.
Accents are a natural part of spoken languages and reflect the unique characteristics and background of a person. Accents are not a speech or language disorder. Some people may nonetheless have difficulty communicating because of their accent, which may have negative effects on job performance, educational advancement, and everyday life activities. For this reason, some people may want to modify or change their accent.
A thorough assessment will allow me to evaluate your individual speech pattern including sound pronunciation (consonants and vowels), as well as stress, rhythm, and intonation of speech. A set of goals based on your individual needs will then be developed.
With lots of hard work, practice, and guidance, you can learn how to change your speech pronunciation.