FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the usual reasons for which one wants to work on their accent?
The most common reasons why our clients approach us for working on their accent are the following:
You get misunderstood in what you're trying to say to people in English, either in your personal or professional life or both. This can feel especially frustrating when you speak via telecommunication such as Telephone, Zoom or Skype.
You lack confidence in public-speaking or meeting scenarios, because you feel self-conscious about people not perceiving you correctly or understanding what you are trying to say.
There are certain aspects of your speech which lead you to stumble and hesitate on what you are trying to rhythmically say.
You have studied English from a young age, and wish to pursue a lifelong love passion for the English language to explore and fully embody its richness of classic sound.
How many lessons will I need to take?
The average number of lessons that my students take with me is 5, i.e. the Standard Package. This usually provides an impactful enough number of lessons to see real changes to your accent and pronunciation. Or if you are looking for more significant adjustments to your, I recommend the Premium Package of 10. The Express Package of 3 is for students already quite proficient.
What happens in the 1:1 coaching lessons?
After conducting an initial-assessment, I will pinpoint the most marked areas of pronunciation that you should focus on. Then, we will follow the following sequence of steps in your teaching:
1. Help you understand how the mouth organs work in tandom together to create spoken-English sounds.
2. Exercise the relevant muscles which will most significantly impact your pronunciation.
3. Guide you through, at a detailed granular level, the exact creation of the correct-sounds we want to achieve in your speech, whilst providing you with thorough feedback throughout. Each session will be recorded (on Zoom) - for you to again re-review in your own time.
4. Teach you basic IPA phonetics, so that you can self-navigate for yourself in the long-term on how to achieve the right pronunciations in any English vocabulary.
Is this a Speech Therapy / Phonetics course?
No. Speech Therapy and Phonetics is a completely separate expertise to what we teach in Pronunciation Coaching. Whilst there is some overlap (e.g. I do teach you very basic-level IPA Phonetics in order to help you self-navigate English pronunciation for yourself long-term), I focus on Pronunciation and Accent.
Can I conduct the Zoom coaching with you from internationally?
Yes of course! Infact, most of my students are based outside the United Kingdom, ranging from China to the USA. As long as you're able to take your classes within my operating hours (9am-9pm GMT), all you need is a good internet-connection and we are ready to go!
What happens if there is connectivity or wifi issues during the Zoom?
The last thing I want is my students stressing out over technology! I use ultrafast broadband, so technology shouldn't be a problem on my end, but I appreciate that not all my students have the luxury of great internet-speed. And so I always schedule my lessons with 15min leeway in-between - so that even if there is connectivity-issues, I have enough flexibility with my time to still give you the full-hour you paid for.
However, if connectivity becomes a recurrent issue in more than 2 lessons, I may then suggest that you pause taking any more lessons until you get your wifi-connectivity resolved, otherwise it can become disruptive to your learning.
Do you offer money-back refund guarantee?
If after your 1st paid-lesson with me you are not satisfied, I will refund the full course-costs of the full amount you have paid. This would have to be requested in writing, via email, before you have progressed onto taking a 2nd paid-lesson.
Is there any cancellation fee if I need to reschedule at short notice (i.e. less than 24 hours beforehand)?
No - because I appreciate that the majority of my clients are fitting their lessons in outside of their professional schedules (I've been there!). So I'm sympathetic to clients' needing to sometimes reschedule at short notice. However, if the short-notice cancellation happens on 2 occasions or more, I may need to consider applying cancellation-fee, but I would always give advance-warning of that first.
Do you teach under 18s?
Yes - I am DBS-checked. However, I recommend that parents/guardians sit in during atleast the first lesson, to check their child is happy and comfortable with the learning.
contact, book, or just say hi!
For individual coaching: To book in your first-lesson, or ask any general questions, please email or drop me a line. I look forward to speaking with you. Payments are taken via Paypal.
For corporate enquires: If you wish to discuss how I can work with your business, I would be happy to discuss the various training packages/events I have available over a complimentary half-hour call.
Sanjay A. Sharma (Founder)
London Pronunciation School