Christi is the best ascent coach that I have worked with. Two things make her unique from the others.
(1) Her 10+ years academic training (including her PhD) makes her training method very scientific and systematic. This fits me who has a strong science and engineering background, because I would love to understand the why, how and mechanics, even on pronunciation. With her training, pronunciation is not a black box that you cannot master unless you were born in the US, but rather is a step-by-step science that we can crack the code and master as an educated adult.
(2) Her personal approach. She truly values me as a person and we really built a personal connection from the first class (something not transactional or money-based, but it is her true care about you as a person, to help you develop and to coach you from all areas).
Everyone needs a coach in their life to master a new skill. I feel myself fortunate to have Christi as my coach, and I have been and will continue to rely heavily on Christi's feedback to fine-tune my pronunciation and speech.
Jing, Senior Finance Manager from a Fortune 100 company, FTSE 100, Language: Mandarin
Christi is a pleasure to work with. She's very friendly, patient and resourceful. Having Christi as a coach definitely made me achieve better results, faster. Highly recommended for those of us who speak English as a second language and want to communicate better.
Diogo - CEO & Founder, Health Tech Startup/language: Portuguese
Dr. Barb is an expert in field of accent modification. She has wide experience to work with clients with different ethnic backgrounds. Dr. Barb always thinks ‘outside the box’ to develop an individualized plan for her clients. Her backgrounds in English and linguistic not only improved my accent but also my language skills. I highly recommended Dr. Barb to be your personal coach for accent modification.
KarlLeung - Pediatric Audiologist, Washington, DC, USA/Language: Cantonese
I had the opportunity to work with Dr Barb in the area of accent modification. In a short period of time she helped me understand better what accent really means and helped me improve my accent, my pronunciation skills and my English speaking skills in general. Thanks to her coaching, I was able to express myself perfectly in English both professionally and casually. She is really passionate and dedicated to support her student. She is really creative with the capacity to properly assess what you need to improve and to design a program that fits your need. I highly recommend Dr Barb as a personal coach for accent modification and as an instructor for English-language learners.
Nicolas - Electromechanical Engineer, Languages: Haitian Creole, French
As a young foreign professional I face speaking and accent challenges in my working environment. Christi helped me to increase my speaking skills dramatically and to improved my English pronunciation and intonation a lot. She is especially experienced at analyzing my accent shortcomings and gave me advice on how to improve it. She is detail-oriented, student-oriented, and experienced. I highly recommend Christi to everyone who is looking for perfecting his or her speaking and American accent.
Peiya - International Professional, Language: Mandarin
Christi is a very motivated and professional person, she helped me a lot with the language and pronunciation during the period I spent in Boston. She is highly prepared and really enthusiastic about her work. Further she was truly kind and always available to help me with any kind of doubts. It was a pleasure to work with her.
Matteo - Doctoral student in Engineering, Boston, Language: Italian
I learned so much from her when I went to a college in the U.S. At the time, I had no confidence with my speaking, and I didn't know how I could make it better. She always explained simply why my accent sounded different from native English speakers and how I could make it more fluent. Depending on your purpose or situation to use English, she proposes you different materials, and you can focus on what you would like to improve.
Aiyoshi - Japan, Language: Japanese
Excellence should be Dr. Christi Barb's last name! I had the honor to work for more than one year with Christi and the experience was exceptional. Very professional and organized, Christi delivers effective results. I strongly recommend Dr. Christi Barb services.
Carlos - Sr. Automation Engineer, Shire, Language: Spanish
Dr. Christi Barb is my best accent modification coach I've ever met in my life. I deeply appreciate her teaching English and mentoring for my professional career. I would like to keep in touch with her to improve my English. Thanks.
Jangwoon - Post-Doctoral student in Engineering, Language: Korean
Dr. Barb is the most professional and talented professor I have ever met in my entire life. Her class is always very casual and relaxing, but gotta say I learned tons of useful and practical Slangs for daily uses. Now I know where should I put my tongue to pronounce correctly and how to connect words to be sounds naturally! Much easier to fit in than before! haha, like her a lot:) like her a lot, huge fan of hers! Enjoying!
Xuwei - Undergraduate in Business, Boston, Language: Mandarin
I had been coached on my English with Dr. Christi Barb who has expertise and many year teaching experience in English speaking training. Thanks to her, my English accent have been dramatically improved, and now I have almost no problem with my accent and intonation at work, which is an international research group in one of European university.
Wonsup - Post-Doctoral student in Engineering, Delft, Netherlands, Language: Korean
Dr. Christi helped me improve my accent and interview skills for the last two months. Before starting the class, she used her innovative technology to test my speech from the aspects of pronunciation, pitch, stress, etc. The test results helped me quickly realize my shortcomings and I began to correct my speech purposefully. The most impressive thing is that she also gave me a lot of professional advice to improve my interview answers in regards to my major. I feel more confident in self-organizing and communication skills. I will absolutely recommend her classes to anyone who is looking forward to having a better performance in job interview.
Ge - LEED AP Mechanical Co-op, Jacobs, Language: Mandarin
I highly recommend Dr.Barb. When I was looking for a job, she helped me to improve my speaking and interview skills last month. She is very knowledgeable about teaching foreign speakers to speak English more professionally and confidently. I can tell that she has lots of experience working with international students, because when I worked with her, she figured out my language issues very quickly and suggested me with many great solutions. By working with her to prepare for the interviews, I got 3 job offers. This is so awesome to me! If you are a non-native English speaker and thinking about improve your English speaking, Dr.Barb is the right expert for you.
Xiaochen - university student, Boston, Language: Mandarin
I took the Accent Modification Program in NU Speech center for a semester. Although I had participated some free accent modification sessions before, which were very instructive, Prof. Barb still evaluated my spoken English and made a personalized and flexible plan. Since accent modification is a long-term effort, my accent did not become nativized right after finishing the program. Christi invented several easily approached methods. So even after I stopped taking her course, I can modify my accent in daily conversation in the future. Again, accent modification is a long-term effort, but Christi can save you tons of time.
Christi is very professional no matter if you took the free or the pay session. I had many common concerns about accent which obstructed my daily communication. After I participated in some Christi free accent modification sessions, I changed my initial perspective toward my accent "issue". With a more practical objective, I became more confident and enthusiastic about modifying my accent. It is totally worthy to take the paid program.
Dong - Engineering student, Boston, Language: Mandarin