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Accent Coach

Sarah Valentine Dialect Coach and Accent Coach based in Auckland New Zealand.  Learn any Accent, either in person  or via Skype (anywhere in the world). I have dedicated my life to learning accents and dialects from around the globe. 

What I Do

Accents You Can Master

If a particular dialect is not listed here, let me know what accent your are looking to master.

British

British RP, Cockney, Devonshire, Geordie, Liverpool, Yorkshire, London, Somerset, Welsh, Scottish, and Irish.

American

Standard/Neutral Californian, Alabama, Boston, Southern, New York, Bronx, Boston and mid-Atlantic.

European

French, German, Spanish, Russian, Eastern European, Italian, Dutch and Swiss.

Other

Australian, Jamaican, South African (Africaans), Kiwi New Zealand and Canadian.

Praise From Clients

What They Say

Matthew Chamberlain

Extremely skilled at what she does..

I would like to say a huge “Thank you” to my accent tutor, 
Sarah Valentine.

Undertaking the challenge of learning a new accent or enhancing an existing one is a daunting task for anyone.

If you’re unsure on whether or not to train with Sarah, I would strongly 
recommend you to go for it – you will NOT be disappointed.
As a student on her ‘Standard American’ course, I can honestly report that she is warm, welcoming, encouraging but most importantly – extremely skilled at what she does.
Her insight and attention to detail is remarkable. She gives attention not only 
to the more obvious aspects of the accent but also to the little nuances that 
make the difference between a passable accent and one that sounds truly convincing.

Being on the course was time and money well spent.

~Stevie Thomson-Fitch

Anna Jullienne

Filled me with confidence

I was very daunted when I was told two weeks before shooting that my character on Underbelly was no longer a Kiwi and now had a strong Lancashire accent. Sarah broke down every line with me and her support filled me with the confidence I needed.

~ Anna Jullienne

Matthew Chamberlain

Confidence Builder.

Working with Sarah gave me the confidence to move beyond merely getting the accent right into fully integrating the voice into the character. And it was so easy to share scripts and receive recordings and have them accessible on my phone. Perfect for people looking for a mid 1990's middle aged male accent 32 miles Northwest of Liverpool!

~ Kip Chapman

Jaine Kirtley

Patient and Friendly

I highly recommend Sarah she is meticulous in correcting every sound word and phrase. Lesson by skype works very well. Her patience and friendly approach made learning enjoyable, even the pronunciations I was struggling with. Sarah helped me with the standard American accent, really looking forward to working with her again.

~ Jaine Kirtley

Jarred Blakiston

Very Generous Coach

I contacted Sarah when faced with the daunting task of auditioning in a Scottish accent, something I’d not done before, nor ever really prepared for. Spending an hour’s coaching with her assuaged many of the fears and anxiety I had around the accent, and filled me with the confidence I needed to actually go in the room and put forward something worthwhile to the casting director.

~ Jarred Blakiston

Sandra Lucas

Incredibly Talented

Sarah is patient, methodical and within an hour she was able to pinpoint my trouble spots and help to make my American accent flawless. She is an incredibly talented lady being able to pull out so many accents and do them perfectly. I will most definitely work with her again.

~ Sandra Lucas

Matthew Chamberlain

So impressed with her range of Accents.

Sarah was warm, friendly and bloody helpful in enabling me to get the hang of a Scottish accent. Her approach was simple to follow and I left knowing I had all I needed to do the job. I was also impressed with the range of other regional UK accents she is fluent in and thoroughly recommend her.

~ Matthew Chamberlain

Sandra Lucas

Sarah is a real expert

When I signed up for Sarah's course, I already knew that my time to practice for it was very limited. My plan was to just take part as much as possible over the ten days, and then go back to the videos later to really start the transition by myself. So I was even more surprised, when I realized at the end of it, how much progress I had actually made. The videos and the feedback were so helpful that I got way more out of it than I would've ever imagined, especially with my very tight schedule. Sarah is a real expert and I would always work with her again. 

~ Yannick Brauner

I love all of Sarah’s positive feedback and encouragement throughout the course. There were lots of suggestions for improvements, but I always felt like my work was being appreciated.

Pippa Winslow
Pippa Winslow
I ‘ve never done a proper accent, and taking this course was a really fantastic beginning into learning what it takes to learn RP and apply the methods used to learn any accent. The methods used to learn the words and phrases were simple and effective and the encouraging feedback does make you want to learn properly and continue on the journey of accent learning. Highly recommend!!!!!!!!!!!!
David Juarez
David Juarez

I highly recommend Sarah’s courses. Her feedback on my work was quick and helpful. The structure of her course makes the learning part fun.

Katrin Kasper

10 Day American Accent Challenge

It has been an awesome and exhilarating 10 days. I am so happy I did this course. Now I can clearly hear when I make the wrong sound and am able to correct myself. I was never able to do that before. Thank you so much, Sarah!

Maria Tophunts
Maria Tophunts

This is the 2nd course I have done with Sarah. She  is so supportive and encouraging – the perfect teacher. I love the daily practice and personal feedback which  is so key to improving. Thanks once again.

Carolyn Goodyear 10 Day American Accent Challenge
Carolyn Goodyear

What a great fun course! Sarah your videos were really helpful, particularly for certain vowel sounds I sometimes find tricky. You’ve really boosted my confidence with the accent! Thank you 🙂

Emma Swan
Emma Swan

Great sessions and built every day to the final monologue very worthwhile and I enjoyed it.

Peter Revel-Walsh
Peter Revel-Walsh

I absolutely enjoyed the RP accent course with Sarah Valentine because she is able to simplify the learning process which makes it so much easier and it’s very liberating!

Thanks a million!

Jasmin Kafali
Yasemin Kafali

Sarah is patient, methodical and within an hour she was able to pinpoint my trouble spots and help to make my American accent flawless. She is an incredibly talented lady being able to pull out so many accents and do them perfectly. I will most definitely work with her again.

Sandra Lucas
Sandra Lucas

I contacted Sarah when faced with the daunting task of auditioning in a Scottish accent, something I’d not done before, nor ever really prepared for. Spending an hour’s coaching with her assuaged many of the fears and anxiety I had around the accent, and filled me with the confidence I needed to actually go in the room and put forward something worthwhile to the casting director.

Jarred Blakiston
Jarred Blakiston

I was quite nervous to meet Sarah for my accent session but she soon put me at ease and gave me confidence to learn an American accent. I look forward to further sessions with Sarah as I trust her expertise to perfect my accent.

Arlene Meder

I have never taken accent coaching before and it was my first time. It was so easy to understand what Sarah taught me as she was helping me not only just learn but live the accent too. I was late to the class so she spent extra time with me without charging me extra. It was a great experience sitting and learning from her.

Mani Singh Saini

Sarah is amazing and dedicated to her job! She taught me things in an hour no other teacher had taught me. Highly recommended, she is so lovely!

Beatrice Tan

Sarah made me feel at ease and was very professional. Your one-hour session has really helped me break though with my accent struggle. I will definitely come back for more, I highly recommend Sarah.

Ravi Narayan

A great coach not only for improving my accent, but also for my acting skills. Highly recommended for an intense session I had. Thanks again!

Marty

I was very daunted when I was told two weeks before shooting that my character on Underbelly was no longer a Kiwi and now had a strong Lancashire accent. Sarah broke down every line with me and her support filled me with the confidence I needed.

Anna Jullienne

I found Sarah an absolute pleasure to work with. She put all my nerves to ease and her patience, composure and professionalism was of a high standard.

Marius Botha

I had never learnt an accent before and was worried I would not be able to master it in time. In the few hours we spent together Sarah was able to teach me the tools necessary to learn an accent and also help prepare me for my audition.

Sophia Huybens

I contacted Sarah as I had an audition requiring a Scottish accent and I was finding it very difficult. Her great teaching style and expertise saw my accent improve dramatically. I went into the audition room much more confident, thanks to Sarah.

Chelsea Tobin

I was very daunted when I was told two weeks before shooting that my character on Underbelly was no longer a Kiwi and now had a strong Lancashire accent.
In fact daunted would probably be the understatement of the century!

However, Sarah soon came to the rescue and with her help the whole process was far easier than I had anticipated. She broke down every line with me and her support filled me with the confidence I needed.

I would definitely call on her again should the situation arise.

Anna Julienne, Actress

Sarah Valentine

Sarah Valentine

About

I have spent all my life becoming an expert in Dialects and Accents from around the Globe. I’m available for one on one dialect / accent coaching either in person in Auckland New Zealand (I do travel globally if needed on overseas shoots) and via Skype. Let me teach you to sound authentic for your next role.

Wether you are wanting to create your own character dialect or create your own version of an accent or simply get that accent down so that you sound pitch perfect, I can help you learn all the skills to get you sounding just right!

Speaking with a different accent or dialect can be quite daunting but my methods allow the you to feel comfortable so that you can relax into the role and sound like a local.

I coach Actors for Acting, Dialect and Accents in the Film and TV industry and my accents include all UK, European and Standard American.

I have worked in the Film and Television industry since 1989. I currently work as an Actor, an Agent, and a Dialect Coach.

Highly Recommended

I contacted Sarah as I had an audition requiring a Scottish accent and I was finding it very difficult. Sarah was very generous and at very short notice was able to work with me on the accent and script.

Her great teaching style and expertise saw my accent improve dramatically. I went into the audition room much more confident thanks to her.

Due to my enjoyment of and the effectiveness of her coaching, I went to her again to up-skill in the Irish and Standard American accents.

I would highly recommend Sarah to anyone.

~ Chelsea Tobin

Accent Guru

Sarah is friendly, fun, down-to-earth, professional, and an accent guru.

She helped me with a New Zealand accent for a national TVC campaign for a major brand. I had never really done an NZ accent, so I was quite nervous about it.

Not only did Sarah help me nail the accent, she also put me at ease and gave me confidence that I needed to relax during the performance.

The Skype sessions worked perfectly, and she often did extra preparation for me outside the sessions.

I would highly recommend her and plan to use her services in the future.

~ Rob Harding

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Happy Clients

I love all of Sarah’s positive feedback and encouragement throughout the course. There were lots of suggestions for improvements, but I always felt like my work was being appreciated.

Pippa Winslow
Pippa Winslow
I ‘ve never done a proper accent, and taking this course was a really fantastic beginning into learning what it takes to learn RP and apply the methods used to learn any accent. The methods used to learn the words and phrases were simple and effective and the encouraging feedback does make you want to learn properly and continue on the journey of accent learning. Highly recommend!!!!!!!!!!!!
David Juarez
David Juarez

I highly recommend Sarah’s courses. Her feedback on my work was quick and helpful. The structure of her course makes the learning part fun.

Katrin Kasper

10 Day American Accent Challenge

It has been an awesome and exhilarating 10 days. I am so happy I did this course. Now I can clearly hear when I make the wrong sound and am able to correct myself. I was never able to do that before. Thank you so much, Sarah!

Maria Tophunts
Maria Tophunts

This is the 2nd course I have done with Sarah. She  is so supportive and encouraging – the perfect teacher. I love the daily practice and personal feedback which  is so key to improving. Thanks once again.

Carolyn Goodyear 10 Day American Accent Challenge
Carolyn Goodyear

What a great fun course! Sarah your videos were really helpful, particularly for certain vowel sounds I sometimes find tricky. You’ve really boosted my confidence with the accent! Thank you 🙂

Emma Swan
Emma Swan

Great sessions and built every day to the final monologue very worthwhile and I enjoyed it.

Peter Revel-Walsh
Peter Revel-Walsh

I absolutely enjoyed the RP accent course with Sarah Valentine because she is able to simplify the learning process which makes it so much easier and it’s very liberating!

Thanks a million!

Jasmin Kafali
Yasemin Kafali

Sarah is patient, methodical and within an hour she was able to pinpoint my trouble spots and help to make my American accent flawless. She is an incredibly talented lady being able to pull out so many accents and do them perfectly. I will most definitely work with her again.

Sandra Lucas
Sandra Lucas

I contacted Sarah when faced with the daunting task of auditioning in a Scottish accent, something I’d not done before, nor ever really prepared for. Spending an hour’s coaching with her assuaged many of the fears and anxiety I had around the accent, and filled me with the confidence I needed to actually go in the room and put forward something worthwhile to the casting director.

Jarred Blakiston
Jarred Blakiston

I was quite nervous to meet Sarah for my accent session but she soon put me at ease and gave me confidence to learn an American accent. I look forward to further sessions with Sarah as I trust her expertise to perfect my accent.

Arlene Meder

I have never taken accent coaching before and it was my first time. It was so easy to understand what Sarah taught me as she was helping me not only just learn but live the accent too. I was late to the class so she spent extra time with me without charging me extra. It was a great experience sitting and learning from her.

Mani Singh Saini

Sarah is amazing and dedicated to her job! She taught me things in an hour no other teacher had taught me. Highly recommended, she is so lovely!

Beatrice Tan

Sarah made me feel at ease and was very professional. Your one-hour session has really helped me break though with my accent struggle. I will definitely come back for more, I highly recommend Sarah.

Ravi Narayan

A great coach not only for improving my accent, but also for my acting skills. Highly recommended for an intense session I had. Thanks again!

Marty

I was very daunted when I was told two weeks before shooting that my character on Underbelly was no longer a Kiwi and now had a strong Lancashire accent. Sarah broke down every line with me and her support filled me with the confidence I needed.

Anna Jullienne

I found Sarah an absolute pleasure to work with. She put all my nerves to ease and her patience, composure and professionalism was of a high standard.

Marius Botha

I had never learnt an accent before and was worried I would not be able to master it in time. In the few hours we spent together Sarah was able to teach me the tools necessary to learn an accent and also help prepare me for my audition.

Sophia Huybens

I contacted Sarah as I had an audition requiring a Scottish accent and I was finding it very difficult. Her great teaching style and expertise saw my accent improve dramatically. I went into the audition room much more confident, thanks to Sarah.

Chelsea Tobin

I was very daunted when I was told two weeks before shooting that my character on Underbelly was no longer a Kiwi and now had a strong Lancashire accent.
In fact daunted would probably be the understatement of the century!

However, Sarah soon came to the rescue and with her help the whole process was far easier than I had anticipated. She broke down every line with me and her support filled me with the confidence I needed.

I would definitely call on her again should the situation arise.

Anna Julienne, Actress

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