“As a research fellow I often need to present at conferences. This makes accent-free and clear pronunciation very important to me. I have been taking accent reduction classes with Françoise Balthazar for several months, and the progress has since been significant. In my opinion, what truly differentiates Françoise from other tutors is that, as a voice-over artist, she has mastered various accents herself. This allows her to see subtle details that are usually overlooked by others; and it makes a huge difference in practice. When other tutors need to guess how to approach a problem, Françoise knows exactly how to solve it."
Ivan Pustagorov (Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Toronto)
“I’m an entrepreneur who recently moved to Canada. My work mostly involves working with clients across North America. Since I’m on the sales/business side of things, I’ve always felt the need to have a neutral North American accent to be able to connect better with my clients. I discovered Françoise on Superprof website, and after a quick demo session, immediately signed up for 16 sessions with her. Françoise has been absolutely phenomenal in helping me neutralize my Indian accent and sound more like a native English speaker.
Françoise is very professional and is able to pick up all the subtle variations in pronunciation, rhythm and flow. After assessing my capabilities and shortcomings, Françoise was able to customize the sessions according to my specific needs - focusing on the areas which needed most work. Françoise does a very good job of explaining how to overcome the shortcomings and even helps practice during the session with her. The tips and tricks for practicing after the session have helped me pick things up pretty quickly, and I feel like I’ve made good progress in a few weeks’ time. I would highly recommend Françoise to anyone who is looking to work on their accent and improve their spoken English. The investment is well worth the reward!”
Vineet Sen (CEO/Co-Founder Cybernext)
"As an international student, I feel that I am at a disadvantage in the job market due to my lack of language proficiency. The accent reduction sessions I took with Françoise have greatly increased my competitiveness when looking for a job. It helped me to speak English confidently and clearly. Because of that, I am able to express and to demonstrate my technical skills in interviews without any misunderstanding. With Françoise's help, I landed a Software Developer position at a giant tech company. I highly recommend Françoise's accent reduction sessions to any non-native speaker looking for a job in Canada."
Alex Ding (International Student at McGill University)
"As I have immigrated to Canada and English is my second language, I really wanted to improve my spoken English. Françoise helped me gain confidence and pronounce English with clarity. She designed a custom made program to meet my needs and to have fun at the same time. She was patient and genuinely cared about my speech classes for accent reduction.”
Natasha Denkovski (Director, Automotive Finance at BMO)
“As a non-native English speaker, I always feel self-conscious at work and in school because of my Chinese accent. Especially when I moved to a sales role, I realized the importance of pronunciation. Clear pronunciation can convey messages clearly and confidently to my clients. I have been working with Françoise for several months now. I and my colleagues are amazed by my improvement in the precision and clarity of my English pronunciation. She customized a learning plan for me, and has taught me with patience. She not only helped me reduce my accent, but also build my confidence in speaking English with assurance. I recommend her to anyone who would like to improve English pronunciation, and build their confidence in speaking English with clarity and consistency.”
Fiona Hu (Equity Trader)
"As a non-native English speaker, I often felt discriminated against and saw my accent as a barrier to my career development. Working with Françoise helped me to speak clearer and louder. Over time, I noticed that people are not asking me to repeat myself as often which boosted my confidence. Françoise gave me personalized exercises to do at home. They were fun and challenging. I really enjoyed my time with Françoise. She helped me tremendously. I have worked with her for 5 months now, and plan to continue working with her. I recommend her to anyone who is interested in accent reduction."
Zahra Faraji-Dana (Researcher and Software Developer)
“I’m a French Canadian actress who realizes how obtaining the skill of speaking with a North American accent offers me many more career opportunities. Although I have been speaking English fluently for many years, I still have a small Quebec accent that is perceived as 'charming', but which sometimes harms me. I have been working with Françoise in accent reduction and I can note a considerable decrease in my Quebec accent. It is becoming less and less of a barrier in my career progression in Toronto. Our work helped me in landing a role in the play 'Albertine in Five Times' with Alumnae theatre, and to feel confident in my delivery. Françoise works in a personalized way, a caring atmosphere, and in a professional manner. I highly recommend her services.”
Valérie Carrier (Actress)
''I was born in Quebec in a French-speaking environment, and although I appreciate the beauty of my mother tongue, I always wanted to be an actress in the biggest productions, which are often English-speaking. I listened to a lot of TV shows and movies in English to practice. It helped me a lot with my comprehension and vocabulary, but I would never have progressed as quickly without Françoise's help. I may have been bilingual, but my accent was quickly a glaring obstacle for me: I needed to master the North American accent. No pronunciation error escapes Françoise, and that's what made me progress at a speed I never would have thought possible. She has taught me the skills necessary to master the North American accent. We've been working together for only a few months now, and there is already a huge difference. My English-speaking friends often comment on how much my accent is improving. I recommend Françoise to everyone without hesitation!''
Sandrine Morin (actress)
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