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©2019 21 Accents.

Built by Walker's Words.

21 Accents is dedicated to empowering individuals

to expand their authentic expression through

new accents and dialects.

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An actress/singer/songwriter since the highchair, learning authentic accents has always been part of Amy’s craft.

Since high school, directors would ask her to coach her fellow actors on set, and after the viral success of her 21 Accents video in 2008, she began offering free video tips on YouTube and coaching students around the globe through private sessions and workshops, with exceptional results.

Over the years, Amy has developed a method that is unique in the world, with multi-sensory, fun techniques that are adaptable to all learning styles. Since 2012, she has been passing on these techniques to her protégé, Chief Training Officer Alex Brown, and now to a new team of teachers who can offer this work to an ever-wider audience. With over 40 million views online, the success of her work and videos landed her on the TODAY Show, NPR, TED Talks, Inside Edition, and more.  

 

Learn more about Amy: www.AmyWalkerOnline.com

Master Coach, CEO and Founder.

Amy Walker

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Alex Brown is a singer, actor and voice coach. Born in Spain, he moved to the United States for the first time at the age of 15. After that, he lived in different cities around the world including Los Angeles, NYC, London and Madrid. His desire to blend in and be able to sound American is what brought him to work with Amy Walker. After years of intensive training with Amy, he started coaching students on the Standard American Accent through 21Accents.com.

He has since taught over 100 private students and over 2000 hours of sessions only on the Standard American Accent. He is also a certified ESL/ESOL teacher and has taught English overseas in Spain and Germany, as well as in the United States. Alex is an Alumnus of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and currently lives in LA.

Learn more about Alex: www.alexbrownactor.net/

CTO, Partner

Alex Brown

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Kate Thurkle is an actress, singer, writer, and voice coach. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Kate moved to the United States to further her academic studies in Acting and Performance at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Now a graduate, Kate is dedicated to sharing her passion for voice work and dialect training as she herself loves how the 21Accents’ teaching method can allow you to reveal your inner potential to be a multi-faceted individual.

 

Receiving her ATCL, and beginning her LTCL, in Speech and Drama from Trinity College London plus months of working with Amy, Kate has dedicated her time to honing her vocal apparatus and refining her Standard American accent to be able to not only use it in her acting career but also teach it. Pushing everyone around her to succeed, no matter where they are in life, Kate is ecstatic about joining the 21Accents’ team to help students grow into the beautiful people they always knew they were. 

Coach (Beginner Standard American, Australian).

Kate Thurkle

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Gail Shelley earned her Master of Arts degree in teaching and her Master of Business Administration degree from Kaplan University.  With over 20 years business and English teaching experience in the classroom and 5 years experience online, Gail has taught adults and children from all over the globe – from teaching young students how to read to helping adults prepare business lectures and reports.

“Being able to communicate with a clear American accent builds confidence and leads to greater success in the future. Everyone learns a little differently,” Gail says, “That’s why I love my job. It’s challenging and rewarding too. My greatest joy is watching my students grow and become successful in life.”

Coach (Beginner Standard American, Business English, TOEFL, conversational English and ESL).

Gayle Shelley

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Ian is a Voice Artist, Editor and Administrator for 21Accents. He was born and raised in Wallasey, across the river from Liverpool in England.  Residing in Los Angeles for many years, most of his career journey has involved working in corporate I.T. 

 

Through his Walker’s Words company he has helped authors with their editing and clients with their social media setup and presence.  After meeting Amy at her one-woman show he started helping out 21 Accents and then became our administrator!

 

As a Voice Artist, he has narrated audiobooks and is excited at the prospect of voice work for animation and computer games. 

Learn more about Ian: 
www.ianmwalker.com/

Administrator.

Ian M. Walker

1. Phonetics.

 

Pronunciation of Vowels and Consonants.

Your lips, teeth, tongue, cheeks, nasal cavity, throat, breath, and yes, even overall body posture, work together to create an incredible array of sounds.  When we’re learning a new accent, we have to train our muscles to work in different ways to produce sounds they’re not used to making, much like we do when learning a new sport.

We also have to train our ears to recognize the differences in the sounds we’re making versus that of a native speaker, so we can learn to mimic those sounds.

The phonetics of an accent are often a good place to start, but they’re only one aspect of speech. Many accent books start and end with phonetics, but they can be helpful in showing how to differentiate between sounds that look the same on the page.

 

2. Rhythm and Stress.

 

The general cadence of speech, and patterns of choosing which words are emphasized.

 

In North American English, for example, we tend to emphasize the nouns and verbs that are the most important for the listener to understand. We have a way of grouping words by using emphasis that ends up sounding like jazz, or basketball. It’s Music! Learn more here…

Geography often influences our speech patterns as well. An example is the tendency to slow the speech in warmer climates. Even time periods have characteristic accents and pacing. With globalization, however, we find more and more people who have a “neutral or standard” accent in metropolises all over the US, for example.

 

3. Melody

 

The song of emotional meaning.

 

We use recognizable melodic patterns to carry meaning, such as a rise or drop in pitch to indicate a question. More than that, they carry a common Song of a collective entity (country/area) and can convey emotion through the vowel notes.

Some melodic intervals are so particular that if you’re half-a-step off, you’re in another country.

 

4. Grammar and Word Choice.

 

The structural bones of a language.

 

Foreign languages structure their grammar very differently than we do in English. As a result, grammar can be miss-matched unintentionally.

Study of the actual Language of the accent you’re learning is essential. It will teach you how they’re used to structuring grammar in their native tongue.

Education is also a factor, as there is a wide variance in rules and methods taught in schools.

Slang/Jargon/Colloquialisms: Language is always evolving.  It’s alive!  Different cultures and sub-cultures develop their own internal short-hand to convey complex concepts with shared meaning. For example, “I messaged him.” We used to say “I sent him a message”, but since “I messaged him” is shorter, we simply transformed “message” from a noun into a verb.

In fact, in many circles, if you say, “I sent him a message”, others will assume you must have used an archaic form of communication, rather than any of the numerous applications that send Instant Messages.  If you had sent an instant message, they reason, you would have used the simple verb “messaged.”

 

5. The Vibe

 

To Express it, you have to FEEL IT!

 

Your accent is a characteristic of your Voice, which is entirely linked to your identity and your being. Speech is an expression of whom you think you are, whom you want others to think you are, what you’re feeling, what you want… The same is true for everyone.

If you want to truly embody a different expression of energy (a different “accent”), you have to Believe you Are that energy. This will transform the way you hold and move your body and mouth, therefore changing the sound you produce.  

*hint: it’s FUN!