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1. How will my Pronunciation Pro membership work?
As soon as you sign up for your 7-day free trial, you become a member with our Basic Monthly Membership to the Pronunciation Pro Website. If you find that you are not interested in continuing the program beyond the 7-day free trial, you can cancel your membership within your profile page within the first 7 days and you will not be charged the $19.97/monthly membership fee.
If you do wish to continue the program beyond our 7-day free trial, and we hope you will, then you don’t have to do anything. On day 8 of your participation in the program, you will automatically be billed the $19.97 membership fee and you will receive access to the training materials for week 2 of the program. Your membership fee will then be auto-billed every 31 days until you request to cancel.
Whenever you wish to cancel your membership, simply go to your profile page and click on ‘cancel membership’ and your account will be cancelled right away.
2. What do I get with the free 7-day trial?
The minute you become a member and start your 7-day free trial, you will have access to the first week of our proven, guaranteed 12-week program. The video lessons and materials will be released to you week by week for the duration of 12 weeks. Each lesson builds on the previous lessons, so you not only learn the rules of English pronunciation and fluency, but you also have a chance to practice and refine skills that were part of earlier parts of the course.
Our 12-week program is a series of 35 different video lessons (over 20 hours of training!) with downloadable lesson summaries, worksheets, and mp3 files to use for practice and review.
You will also have access to bonus lessons and regular LIVE webinars hosted by me, Annie Ruden M.S. CCC-SLP. In these webinars I give more instruction and you have a chance to ask any questions you may have during your coursework. Video recordings all of our past webinars are available to you as well.
BONUS: As a bonus for your first week in the program, you will have access to the week 1 assignment page (which is usually only available in our PLUS package). This will allow you to submit your week 1 assignment and get PERSONALIZED FEEDBACK from your American Trainer.
3. What will I learn through this 12-week program?
The Pronunciation Pro Course is designed to teach you everything you need to know to speak American English clearly in a way that all native English speakers will understand. The first 6 weeks of the program focus on teaching you the rules of English sounds (vowels & consonants) and English rhythm (intonation, sentence stress, word stress, linking, pausing, and rate of speech).
The second half of the program (weeks 7-12) then focus on helping you practice those skills while reading speeches, giving presentations, and speaking in conversation. By the time you finish our 12-week program you will feel confident in your ability to use all of the skills necessary to speak English clearly with an American accent.
4. What is the time commitment for this program?
In order to get the maximum results from this program, I recommend you spend at least 30 minutes per day practicing the materials I provide. In addition, you will need to watch and review the video lessons, which ranges from 1-1.5 hours each week for the entire 12-week program.
5. I have a meeting/conference/vacation/trip planned during the next 12-weeks. Will I need to be present, or can I catch up when I get back?
No problem, go at your own pace. The program is designed to give you access to new materials every week for 12 weeks straight. If you find that you are falling behind for some reason, don’t worry. You can definitely start where you left off. As long as your membership is active, you will have access to all of the previous materials. Once you get access to a specific week, you can go back and review those lessons as much as you’d like.
6. How can I get personalized feedback from a certified American accent trainer during this 12-week program?
At any time you can upgrade your membership account to our PLUS or PREMIER packages. Our PLUS and PREMIER packages offer personalized feedback from certified American accent trainers. With the PLUS package you will get a full, personalized speech assessment (analyzed by our trainers—NOT a computer or software program!), weekly feedback on all of your weekly assignments throughout the 12-week course, and a 1 year membership to the Pronunciation Pro Website (no monthly fees). With the PREMIER package you get all that is offered with the PLUS package AND you’ll get LIVE (online through video conferencing) training with one of our certified trainers, to really take your English fluency skills to the next level!
7. Does this program REALLY work?
Absolutely!!! Of course, you have to follow my instruction during the entire 12-week course, and you HAVE to put in the practice time. I’m not going to lie and say you can casually skim through this program and expect to get dramatic results. Learning to speak English with an American accent takes steady and consistent effort. It’s not difficult work, but it does take consistent practice each and every day. Do this and you can expect to build great confidence in your speaking ability as you learn to speak English in a way that all native English speakers will understand.
And to help you feel even more confident that this program really does work, here are some testimonials from some of my past clients….
Enrique Sandoval — Peru
Director of Consulting
“If I were to recommend a career investment to any foreign speaker, it would be to take an English Pronunciation class through Pronunciation Pro. Taking the class was a big eye opener in my personal and professional life. I learned to distinguish the difference between the words cat and cut, to listen and correct myself when talking, to polish my accent and flow of conversation through the various techniques; such as linking the words.Every lesson given was like a cool piece of technology one cannot wait to use. My instructor was amazing, full of energy, empathic, respectful, and very professional. Although my instructor had an agenda to meet, she was always alert to my needs and crafted the lessons accordingly.
At the professional level, my confidence increased greatly. I feel more comfortable training new employees, supervising and providing feedback to projects led by native speakers, consulting about business strategies to our company’s various clients, and above all I feel my ideas are actually being understood by my boss. In fact, I haven’t seen the confused look on my boss’ face for a long time now!
Taking this English Pronunciation class was the most important step I took for my career. “
Vincent Lombard — France
This training helped me improve my communication skills for several reasons.
First, it helps me realize what are the common pronunciation errors I do when I speak. For me it is pretty much the first time someone has told me what my pronunciation looks like.
Second, it was more than useful to review the rules for putting the stress on the right syllable and part of the sentences. I realize how important the rhythm is for the persons who is listening to me and having the right rhythm helps them follow what I say. Third, it builds confidence which is very important as the more you’re confident the more energy you put in what you say, the better it is.
Fourth, it has increased my awareness so that I continue correcting myself every day. Finally, the program is very well done, the teacher is very nice, very supportive, the quality of the conversation through the webcam and microphone is just great.
Shengqiang Zhong — China
You are a wonderful teacher! I have never felt so confident in spoken English. Thank you so much! When I talked to my manager about the training, I told him my great experience. I also told him that I highly recommend the training to my colleagues.
It was a pleasure working with you!
Vanda Martin — Brazil
Real Estate Agent
I want to say Thank you for your help, your patience, your time and most of all, your great instructions and coaching!
You did a fantastic job!
I do feel more confident and I am definitely more comfortable presenting and speaking in English now. Thanks a lot!
Dr. Kentaro Yomogida — Japan
Through the lessons, I learned pronunciation and the American accent systematically and thoroughly. My professional teacher pointed out my problems and indicated how to correct them properly. Every lesson improved my accent and this class was a great for my English pronunciation!!
Larisa Demitrienko — Russia
Research & Development
There is no magic in an English Pronunciation class – it is a hard work with two key elements – time commitment of a student and teacher’s skills. While one can commit to time, without the second component it is useless. Annie has a very professional way not only in identifying the problem areas but in a unique phonetic transcription which results in an immediate improvement by understanding how to pronounce correctly. I am not a novice to such classes and can attest that Annie is a benchmark in her professional field.
Steve Lee — Korea
Hi, my name is Steve Lee. I am a general surgeon practicing in Kentucky. I was born and raised in Korea. I finished high school in Korea before coming to the United States for my medical education. Even though I went to medical school in the United States, I was speaking English with a heavy foreign accent and people had problems understanding me. Often I had to repeat myself.
The reason I sought help from Annie was to improve my American English accent so my patients and colleagues could understand me crystal clear. I also wanted to be able to speak sophisticated and educated English. Annie helped me to achieve those goals in a short time frame. In the past, I have studied at home by myself using many different accent reduction books, resulting in very little improvement. I was extremely surprised at the accuracy of Annie’s initial evaluation of my accent. She was able to identify my problem areas, and we were able to target and correct most of my accent and pronunciation problems in less than 16 sessions. The internet conference with video feedback was an excellent teaching tool. Annie was able to correct how I pronounced each word using both verbal and visual instructions. I recommend Annie whole heartedly to anybody who wants to improve their command of the American English accent.
Su Jin Lee — Korea
I loved to work with my accent coach at PronunciationPro.com. My trainers help and advice contributed to decreasing my accent throughout the sessions. The online conferencing worked well even though we have a long distance. My instructor was so organized and excellent at providing me with helpful materials and resources. One of my favorite parts was to review every word that I had a problem with. Listening to my trainer’s model in sentences was very helpful in finding my errors. Also, I liked the practice in reading passages by focusing on natural intonation and accent because the practice was helpful in decreasing my accent in spontaneous speech. I think it is important to work on error sounds in a conversation level for ultimate natural carry-over. My trainer’s analysis and feedback was very useful throughout the sessions.
Amy Wang — China
Although there are a lot of different English Pronunciation programs and instructors, I should say my English Pronunciation coach Annie was the most professional one because of her years of experience and special expertise in linguistics. She has a very in-depth knowledge not only of how to train correct pronunciation but she also knew why I pronounced things wrong. This helps a lot since it’s only when you know why you have that problem that you can find the right cure to fix it. I am sure an English coach at this level is very hard to find. Also Annie really cares about the progress of the student’s improvements. She truly respects the students even though sometimes they make some really funny voices for a native speaker’s ear.