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Lisa Jeffery and Accent Reduction Miami
By Patience Haggin September 9, 2013
"Yes, si or oui?": Language Barrier-- For South Florida's bilingual population, breaking through language barriers can be a maddening matter of etiquette.
June 28, 2013|By Johnny Diaz, Sun Sentinel
Excuse me, can you repeat that? It's a question many non-native English speakers with noticeable accents hear in everyday professional and social situations in South Florida. So they've turned to accent-reduction classes, which have sprung up in recent years to help them speak English more clearly. Some local instructors say they've been seeing an increase in demand from people who simply want to be better understood. "It's chic now, accent reduction classes,'' said Lisa Jeffery, who teaches at FIU and privately through her business, Speech and Accent Academy in Miami. Jeffery, whose clients are from Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade, coached three Israeli soldiers from the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces who were presenting speeches for a fundraiser in Boca Raton last week. Jeffery said she has seen her business increase more than 10 percent in the past year. "With the downturn of the economy, people get training when they don't have a job. They improve themselves to get a job." But Jeffery doesn't like to call what she does accent reduction... read more