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Breaking the “Accent Barrier”

Judith L. Bergman, Jennifer Lord, Marcie L. Novick and Dena H. Alston

“The perfect formula for stress is knowing that you have a problem but not knowing exactly what is creating the problem or what you can do to solve the problem,” says Speech-Language Pathologist Judith L. Bergman M.A. CCC (Certificate of Clinical Competence) of the American Speech and Hearing Association, founder and CEO of Triangle Speech Services. “All of our foreign-born clients who spoke fluent but accented English had been living with the constant stress of not being understood and not knowing what to do to improve their speech.”

Triangle Speech Services currently offers two customized programs: Medically Speaking: Accent Modification for Medical Professionals and the Compton Pronouncing English as a Second Language (P-ESL) program, both described fully on their web site.

Ms. Bergman sees clients in her office in Durham and in a nearby classroom in the Woodcroft Professional Center. Her associates, Jennifer Lord M. Sci. CCC, Marcie L. Novick M.A. CCC and Dena Alston M.Ed. CCC (not pictured above) see clients in their offices in Raleigh and on corporate sites in the Raleigh-Durham-RTP area.

Physicians, nurses, dental hygienists, IT managers, market researchers, journalists, college professors and many other foreign-born professionals have successfully transformed their accented English from a communication barrier to a charming cultural flavor. They report increased potential for career advancement, improved workplace communication and participation and greatly increased self-confidence when speaking English.

“You can do it and we will help you.”