DIY Standard American Accent
The Standard American Accent Challenge lays the foundation to make an expert out of any student. This is an instant all-access course, do it in your own time.
Settle in as I walk you through the characteristic sounds of the Standard American Accent including the pronunciation of different sounds, words, phrases, and full sentences.
Once you’ve signed up, you’ll receive six short and easy to follow video lessons conducted by me, Sarah Valentine, a professional accent coach. This ‘do it yourself’ accent course allows you to go at your pace and self direct your learning.
Once finished, you’ll be able to continue accessing the course so you can repeat it until you have the accent just right. This course will familiarise actors and voice actors with the basics of the Standard American Accent and even help those who simply want to sound more native.
This course is fun and full of great learning for any actor wanting to sink their teeth into a new accent.
The Valentine Method
Create Your Spark
Instant & Lifetime Access
6 Video Lessons
Activities & Resources
Over 10 days, you’ll receive easy to follow video lessons that will guide you through the accents.
Rest days have been included so not to overwhelm you and to give you a chance to catch up on your homework.
Day 1 - Getting Familiar and Introductions
We begin with familiarising yourself with the course platform (Ruzuku) and how to use it so you get the most out of it.
Day 2 - The Valentine Method
You’ll learn about the importance of phonetics and my special ‘Valentine Method’.
Day 3 - Create your Spark
Straight into creating your Spark – what triggers you into your accent? This is a wonderful technique that helps you to kick off your accent every time.
Day 4 - Sounds to Practice
Day 5 - Catch-up Day / Homework
You can go over the previous course content, complete any outstanding homework, or re-watch any videos, ready for tomorrow.
Day 6 - Words to Practice
Day 7 - Short Sentences
It’s time to move on from sounds and start short sentences, phrases and words particular to the accent.
Day 8 - Catch-up Day / Homework
Day 9 - Longer Sentences
Day 10 - Bonus Lesson
I can testify to the effort Sarah put into helping me in the course. I was about to give up on the course due to hearing difficulties, but Sarah decided to provide a way to help me overcome my challenges. I am better off now and feel good about what I’ve learned from her class. A good teacher is someone who won’t give up on you.
Sarah was immediately helpful in my approach to numerous accents associated with my role. She is a credible source of knowledge who understands the importance of discussing an accents authenticity, foundation and delivery.
It was a great experience working with Sarah learning a southern American accent. She is very engaged, super professional and fun to work with. I highly recommend her!
Working with Sarah Valentine was everything I could of asked for and more in an accent class. The class breakdown and the Valentine method made it so easy to learn and master my British accent. Sarah’s feedback was so helpful while also being fun. I would definitely recommend Sarah for anyone wanting to learn an accent. I can’t wait to sign up for another course!