I help non-native English-speaking professionals to develop a more neutral accent, gain confidence and authenticity in their communication with colleagues and clients and to increase their professional impact.
With an undergraduate degree in languages, I began my career working for the Japanese government in 1997 as an English language trainer, television presenter and columnist advising on intercultural relations and language.
I went on to teach business professionals in Europe, Asia and Latin America and to run a successful language school in London before founding Chat Naturally to specialise in English pronunciation and accent reduction.
My English language teaching Diploma (MA equivalent), advanced level language qualifications in Spanish and Japanese and the ability to speak five languages, combined with over twenty years’ experience of English teaching and training and extensive experience of living abroad, give me an invaluable insight into the difficulties that non-native speakers have with English language pronunciation. This enables me to help them overcome their difficulties and communicate more effectively.
Since becoming a Neurolanguage Coach®, I have combined the methodology developed by Rachel Paling with my own techniques of accent reduction and voice work, to become the first Neurolanguage Coach® to specialise in British Pronunciation and Accent Reduction for non-native, advanced speakers of English - something of which I am immensely proud.