Accent Coaching for Actors

Native-speaker trainer
B1 and higher
Lesson duration 
Minimum 1.5 hours
Day and time
Monday to Friday 09:00 - 20:00
Saturday by appointment

Amsterdam, Den Haag, Amstelveen or Online
Study book
Recommended, not included
Level test
Course Costs (no added VAT)
€ 850
In person
€ 950

Follow a specialized course in English Accents for Actors with The English Center. Choose an American or British accent.

Private English coaching helps actors produce particular English accents in a way that sounds natural and native. Private accent coaching or diction coaching helps actors learn the subtle and not-so-subtle variations that differentiate one English accent from another.

Who needs this English accent coaching for actors course?

This English Accent Coaching course is totally personalized, and is recommended for actors, singers, public speakers, business presenters, Ted Talk presenters, business leaders and thought leaders – anyone who wants to achieve a native or near-native sound.

What is the level of this private Accents for Actors course?

This course is generally for high intermediate to advanced speakers.

How many hours of accent coaching will I need?

The average course is 10 hours, however, some clients just need a few hours to refine a particular accent, others need many more. It all depends on where you are starting and what you want to achieve, as well on how much practice you put in. Learning the accent, just like learning the lines, it takes work!

What happens in an Accents for Actors private coaching session?

That all depends on you and your goals. You should bring any specific scripts or speeches that you want to improve, or we can provide speaking content. In both cases, we will correct errors and tell you how to shape the sounds of the target language or dialect.

Where does the English Accent Coaching for Actors training take place? Can I do it online?

We offer both online training on Zoom and in person appointments at our outstanding locations in Amsterdam – in the beautiful, artistic Museum Quarter close to the Vondelpark and Van Gogh Museum, and at 2 historic canal houses just minutes from Amsterdam Centraal Station. Plus we see clients in Den Haag, Amstelveen, and at studios.

Fun fact–We were recently onsite with Kaap Holland Films for their upcoming film, Krazy House.

Written, directed, and co-produced by Steffen Haars and Flip van der Kuil, this film is their English-language feature debut.

I’m a Dutch actor. What accent should I focus on?

If you are a non-native English speaking actor (or singer), you will no doubt want to focus on either an American English (AE) or a British accent (BE) first. You may need to learn them both, but you should start with one or the other. Of course, many sounds are the same across the two dialects.

But if you already know the accent you need – if you already have a role – if for example, you are playing a Texan, we will jump right on that horse and ride! ‘OK, pardner?’

Will my English Accent Coaching for Actors coach be an expert in British or American English?

Yes, your trainer will be a native speaker from the language family that you want to practice. Broadly speaking, that’s American or British English.

How does a diction / accent coach work with an actor?

An English diction coach assists actors with “standard” English pronunciation (AE and BE), regional accents, and vocal delivery. They provide detailed guidance and training on how to deliver lines with the desired accent or dialect, and with correct phonemes (individual sound units) word stress, speech pace, and sentence intonation patterns.

Is good diction a function of good enunciation? Good pronunciation?

Yes and no. Despite the word “diction,” clear enunciation of every word is often not desirable. For example, a diction coach can advise an actor on when to connect words for a more relaxed, native sound. A diction coach will tell the actor which sounds to omit, which sounds to reduce, and which vowels to pronounce as a schwa.

Accents and character.

In short, the diction coach helps the actor style spoken English to properly express the character. Considerations for accent training for a specific script usually include the place where the character lives, where they grew up, their education, socioeconomic background, their profession and personality. 

Practice the accent and form new habits.

Because most day to day spoken language is automatic behavior, i.e. your brain tells your mouth what to do without conscious attention, it takes some time, explanation and repetition to learn and habituate the new habits that will allow your accent to be both accurate and authentic.

What are some of the accent differences between standard American and British English (AE and BE)?

  • Expression of mid and final position Rs (rhoticity)
  • Expression of mid position Ts
  • The O sound in words like shop and lost
  • The vowel sounds in the words ferry and fairy
  • The A sound in can’t and man
  • The E and I sounds in pen and pin

Contact us today about English Accent Coaching for Actors.

We are happy to speak with you in English or Dutch, on the phone +31 (0)20 823 0569 or via Zoom. With just a short conversation we will give you good advice about improving your English accent for acting.

Are you Dutch? Read “Geavanceerde Tips en Trucs: Klinkt als een AmerikaanAmerikaans-Engelse Uitspraak blog post.

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