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Why take personalized language lessons?
Pourquoi un cours de langue personnalisé? 

Improve your proficiency, pronunciation and accent* 

Développez vos compétences, prononciation et accent* 

Prepare for an interview, meeting, conference or speech 

Préparez un entretien, réunion, conference ou présentation 

Begin a new job;  relocate 

Commencez un nouveau poste;  déménagez

Get discrete, accurate and culturally appropriate assistance on documents, reports, emails

Trouvez de l’aide à la fois discrète, précise et culturellement adaptée & convenable, pour créer d’excellents documents, rapports, bulletins, emails

Improve your productivity at work or grades at school 

Boostez votre productivité au bureau ou améliorez vos notes à l’école,

Prepare for an important exam (university entrance essays, Baccalauréat, TOEFL, semester finals, etc.)

Préparez-vous à passer des grands examens (d’entrée universitaire, Baccalauréat, TOEFL, de fin de semestre, etc.)

Never again feel humiliated by humorless, boring, harsh or disinterested instructors

Ne plus jamais vous sentir humilié par un professeur sans humour, ennuyeux, sévère, sec, indifférent

DC 's private, personalized, on-demand language lessons are:
Nos leçons privées, personnalisées, et sur demande sont :

Time- and cost-effective:  No commute, no traditional constraints; 

fits your budget

Efficaces et économiques: sans contraintes habituelles ;  

à portée de votre budget 

Flexible: You control your session schedule & location: home, office, library — anywhere you have privacy & a reliable phone & internet connection

Souples: Vous choisissez quand et où : bureau, maison, bibliothèque (connexion téléphonique et internet fiables nécessaires)

Powerful: Maximum concentration means better comprehension

Puissantes:  Concentration maximale pour une meilleure compréhension 

Private: One-on-one, freedom from self-consciousness, faster results 

Privées: Progressez plus vite sans timidité, sans gêne, sans complexe

Individualized: Focus on your unique goals   

Individualisées: Attention méticuleuse à vos objectifs


* On Pronunciation and Accents

    Au sujet de la prononciation et les accents

It may be helpful to know that your accent is a part of your personality, and you might want to think twice before attempting to eliminate all traces of your native tongue.  That may sound counterintuitive, but the fact is that English is a composition of many languages, and phonetic differences are allowed for, and even encouraged, especially in the USA.  

That said, you can learn to speak English correctly, and with with a more region-neutral accent!   I was born and raised in the Midwest, and I speak and teach the standard Midwestern American accent. 

It is vital to learn English from native English speaker, who knows the language and can teach you to speak it well.  Nothing will betray your efforts more—or reduce your credibility faster— than the mispronunciation of a key sound, such as “th,” for example, when incorrectly pronounced as a “d” or a “v,” as taught by many non-native English speakers. 

The American Midwest Accent is the accent you hear spoken by television and radio newscasters, such as on CNN.  Indeed, up-and-coming broadcasters are coached in this accent, as it is widely recognized as the most neutral of American English accents

There are a few helpful tools I use to help you gain mastery of this standard accent.  Using a version of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), you will learn and practice basic phonetic sounds.   This is a series of symbols, such as the ones you see in a dictionary, which represent the intended sound of each letter, syllable and word. 

Why phonetics?  It is critical to learn how letters are meant to sound, alone and in combination, and to practice them at their purest state.  This is how we learn all language, and the techniques and results are time-tested and proven. 

I will send you the IPA I have adapted for our use after our first lesson together.   Then, your lesson reports will include a list of words we encountered during our lesson, each spelled correctly and followed by the phonetic spelling [I include British pronunciations if there is a marked difference].  Use the IPA as a guide to help you practice pronunciation on your own.

With DC you will learn phonetic sound combinations and variations in an encouraging and lively conversational setting, always focusing on the positive!

Here is an sample of what you might see in your lesson report:

Today’s Vocabulary & Pronunciation:

                                  1.  hereditary (he 'red it er ē) --voiced "h"; emphasis on the 2nd syllable [UK: (he 'red it rē)]

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                                  2.  --aw  (å) open "a" + "u" sound, as in fall, ball, tall, talk;  [and, the UK: aunt, laugh]
                                      --ow  (ō) long "o" as in bone, phone, grow

                                                   law (lå)     v.   low (lō)
                                                   flaw (flå)  v.   flow (flō)
                                                   raw (rå)    v.   row (rō)
                                                   saw (så)   v.   sow (sō)