“This guy is a hidden gem. If you’ve been searching for that highly proficient but very humble teacher, then look no further! He is the best accent coach I’ve worked with, and I’ve met a few. Charles has a gift to explain everything with ease, and sessions with him are always fun! He is also very patient, and will work with you until you get what you came for; He won’t keep checking his watch and cut you off in the middle of your sentence when your session is done (as I’ve experienced with another teacher). And I LOVE his book that comes with an mp3 audio (which by the way he gives to his students FOR FREE), I owe you a lot Charles, a million thanks!!!”
“Charles is an amazing teacher, a wonderful person, and a great thinker. Charles is an expert at teaching pronunciation, listening to his students’ specific needs and developing the appropriate training to help them overcome their weaknesses. You get a full package that will make your spoken English effective and responsive. You’ll gain confidence, improve your conversational skills and discover parts of American culture that you may have otherwise missed. Each class is a fun and unique opportunity to grow your skills through a very kind and human experience. Charles, thank you, you rock!”
Anne- Lise Bighinatti
Marketing Project Manager
“I’ve had a couple speech coaches but none like Charles; lessons with him are effortless and comfortable. He always tries to make himself available for me and to help me above and beyond of what is required of him. He is professional, funny and dedicated. His approach to teaching is personal and this way of working is very effective! Charles has helped me with auditions and callbacks. I have seen a drastic change in my accent and so has my acting agency. I’m very grateful for Charles!”
– Charlbi Dean Kriek
“After the first class with Charles, I already knew that I wanted to continue learning from him. He is an outstanding instructor in many ways. He clearly explains how to pronounce each vowel, consonant and the intonation of English in order to sound American and he also finds a specific way for YOU to do it. He created exercises specifically for my needs and together we figured out what works and what doesn’t. He made working on my speech a fun experience, I enjoyed going home and working on what I just learned. After only four months, I am very confident with my American accent, which is a lifesaver as an actor. Charles opened the most important door for me: to be able to play American roles and to find representation. If you want to learn how to reduce or eliminate your accent, Charles is the perfect choice. Thanks Charles for everything!”
“Charles is a great teacher. He designs an individual program for every client to tackle their specific problems. Exercises are very diverse, effective and fun to do! Charles has an amazing understanding of the English language in all its aspects. His explanations are very clear. He helps you to practice until you get it. I learned how pronounce every sound correctly, and I am not afraid of the English language anymore. I recommended him to all my “accent-challenged” friends!”
– Irina V.
Irina on imdb.com
Charles is the most patient, encouraging teacher I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with- not to mention very affordable!
He is an expert at teaching pronunciation and accents. I found his methods very effective with immediate results. He also makes learning super fun and exciting. He customizes exercises that cater to my specific needs.
My industry friends and colleagues have seen huge improvements within just a couple of months. He has been very generous with his time and never been strict with sessions that went over our allotted schedule. Charles is such a good person with a passionate heart. I am very grateful to have found an awesome accent teacher/coach like him. Thanks Charles!
“Charles is an excellent teacher who engaged me throughout the entire training process. His classes were fun and easy to follow. He is a very patient guy and helped me practice again and again until I got it. For example, before taking his classes, I had hard time pronouncing “l” and it affected my communication both on a personal and professional level, Charles was able to study my pronunciation, from the shape of the mouth, to the position of the tongue and correct it successfully. In addition, he has a pair of professionally trained ears that were able to distinguish very subtle sound differences which make him a perfect teacher for pronunciation and accent reduction. Charles-Thank you again for all your help!”
“Charles Becker is a fabulous teacher. I’m an actress from Zurich, auditioning and working here in the U.S where it is crucial to be able to speak with an American accent. What distinguishes Charles from other accent reduction teachers is that he is a skilled musician who has a tremendous sense of hearing. He hears even the slightest mistakes in sound and pitch and will work with you till you get it right, repositioning the tongue and adjusting the rhythm and intonation. He is familiar with various accents from around the world and knows how to work on your individual needs. Charles is an honest person who will “call you out” when you make a mistake, all the while remaining patient and keeping faith in you. In addition to that, he has a great sense of humor and is always up to date. My American accent has certainly improved with only a few months of help!”
I believe that everything happens for a reason. After studying acting in New York city for four years, I had different accent reduction coaches but for some reason their approaches weren’t what I needed. Finally, I met Charles and his training had a tremendous affect on my accent. I am originally from Montreal Canada and French is my native tongue. I believe the words we speak are very important and having Charles’ help and passion for language and sound was a big step forward for me. On top of exercises for pronunciation of vowels and consonants, we worked on word emphasis, flow and intonation. Another important factor is that there is no big clock ticking by his side that tells you to stop right when you’re in the middle of an exercise. You also receive Charles’ FREE e-book + FREE MP3s with exercises that you can use whenever you want. When it comes to scheduling sessions, Charles understands an artist’s schedule and is fair and flexible. I would definitely recommend Charles Becker.
“I hired Charles to be my speech coach after trying so many others and being disappointed. Charles taught me that losing an accent is possible by intensive practice. First, he made sure that I understood how each vowel in American speech sounds and how it is articulated. After drilling all the sounds, he taught me how the melody of American speech works. Furthermore, for the first time, studying pronunciation was actually fun because
Charles made sure that I worked hard on a variety of exercises. Thanks to Charles, I have virtually eliminated my Russian/Israeli accent. Without his help and dedication, this would have never been possible. I highly recommend him to anyone who wants to reduce or eliminate their accent.”
– Natalia Goncharov
Actress, Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting
“As a Columbia University doctoral student, I had to make presentations and
lead talks at project meetings. Since English is not my native tongue, I used to get terribly anxious and lack self-confidence. I researched lots of information about private lessons for a while. I think that I was very lucky to find Charles. He is very patient and has a deep insight into the issues that non-native speakers have. The lessons with him were fun and productive and I always looked forward to the next one. Thanks to his help, I realized what was wrong with my pronunciation and learned how to correct it in order to speak English in a more native way. Moreover, I could see my listening got much better as I learned and corrected my pronunciation. Finally, I was able to deliver my presentation at a national level scientific conference with confidence and received high honors from the panel of judges. Many thanks, Charles. You “rock”!”
Ph.D Nursing, Columbia University, NYC
“Charles is a brilliant accent coach. Not only can he clearly explain to you how to make corrections, he also knows how to keep you motivated in a positive manner. He drastically Americanized my Dutch accent.
He has a good ear for small nuances of different accents and can tell you specifically how to make a certain sound. Along with great accent technique lessons, he also helped me make my voice sound much clearer by exploring my minimum and maximum vocal range. He identified at which tone my voice sounded the most free and resonant. Furthermore, Charles also has an eye for your posture in relation to your voice. This helped me to speak more clearly and confidently. It has been a joy working with Charles and I highly recommend him!
“Practice, practice and practice to become better. But first, learn from the best, Charles Becker. Charles is highly proficient and extensively experienced in accent reduction. He is a warm- hearted, patient, and amiable guy who will educate you to all the steps you need to become a master in speaking. Don’t waste your time on searching for other institutions. You will be wasting your time and paying 7 folds more on one lesson. I am a lot more confident in my daily life and wish I had met Charles earlier.”
MBA Student, Pace University NY
“Before taking lessons with Charles I struggled with my pronunciation.There were times at work when people looked at me puzzled and tried to figure out what I was saying. Training with Charles has helped me tremendously. In my annual performance review, two of my bosses praised my speech, commenting that I now sound crystal clear and confident! I’m so glad to have met Charles Becker, who has shown me exactly how I should produce the sounds of English. All this training has not only made a remarkable difference in my pronunciation, but has also improved my listening skills. Taking accent reduction lessons is an amazing experience. It’s not a fast and easy process but Charles’ excellent instruction, combined with hard work will definitely produce real results!”
– Lisa Chwae
Fashion Production Manager , NYC
I am a previous student of Charles and I can say that he is the absolute best accent reduction teacher in this country!! I know that because I had a lot of private speech coaches before him and NO ONE helped as much as he did. As an actress, my German accent was always my biggest issue, and I took so many classes but didn’t really get better until I met Charles. First of all, he REALLY loves his job, he takes the necessary time to work with you. What I really loved was that he always came up with something new so it never got boring. He was always very patient; even if it took me longer to get something right, he never got annoyed or frustrated.
But the greatest thing about him as a teacher is that he is very very motivating. If I ever got depressed, angry… because I just didn’t pronounce something right, he always had the right words to motivate and direct me. He made me feeling that I can do it. And I think that was one of the most important facts for me. That I could believe in myself.
In addition, his rates are absolutely affordable. . I paid much more for my previous coaches, and got MUCH LESS!!! He is THE BEST!!!!!
I sadly can’t take his classes anymore because I moved back to Europe and was faced with the task of finding someone as good as Charles!! And I can tell you- it is impossible!!!
-Valentina Zell –
“Before studying with Charles, I had been taking speech and accent reduction classes in a famous acting studio and privately with a couple of very well known voice teachers in New York. While my wallet got progressively thinner, all that I gained was a limited understanding of what it takes to form an American accent.
I came to Charles hoping to reduce my accent and after only two months, I have done just that and so much more. I have to say that I have learned more about accurate American English pronunciation than with any other teacher. Not only that, but I have learned a great deal about overall vocal quality. Additionally, I have learned how to practice effectively on my own.
Charles’ instruction on how to adjust my intonation has helped me significantly more than the endless recitation of Shakespeare I was assigned in the acting studio. Through Charles’ “technical” explanations of how the vocal faculty is used, I have been able to fully grasp the essence of the standard American accent.
I feel like I have come a long way in just two months. Charles’ lessons have been invaluable.”
“I am a second year graduate student at Columbia University. As on-campus recruiting season was approaching, I really needed an English tutor to coach my pronunciation and presentation skills for success in highly competitive job interviews.
Charles has an in-depth understanding of English pronunciation. He clearly pointed out my problems and provided me with effective solutions to correct my accent. In addition to accent reduction, Charles also helped me to solve all my problems in English such as formal English writing, idioms and slang in American speech. With his help, I finally landed an ideal job in finance.
Charles, thanks so much. You inspired me and taught me the native way to speak English. I highly recommend Charles to anyone who wants to learn an accurate American accent and authentic American English.”
– Te-Yi Chen
Graduate student, Columbia University Business School