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  • Happy thanksgiving everyone! I wanted to let you  know that today, I'm thankful for you. 2020 has  

  • been a difficult year and making videos here  on YouTube has truly been one of my favorite  

  • things about it. And to say thank you, I wanted  to extend an offer to any of you here on YouTube  

  • who might be interested in joining me in  my online school, Rachel's English Academy.  

  • Yes, it's a Black Friday deal, available to  people who've never joined the Academy before.  

  • Use the code THANKSGIVING5 or follow the link  in the video description. This discount will  

  • expire on Monday at midnight, and it gets you your  first month in the Academy for just five dollars,  

  • that's 81 off your first month. You can click  this video here to learn more about the Academy,  

  • in my words, but I also asked my students to  share about their experience in the Academy  

  • in their own words. And several of them madevideo for you. I'm excited that you get to see how  

  • cool these students are and hear what the  students' experience is actually like.  

  • These are people I've gotten to know  through teaching them in the live classes,  

  • or watching their videos and giving them feedback  in the Facebook and community groups that we have  

  • in the Academy. I'm so touched that they took  the time to make these videos, to talk about  

  • the confidence they've gained, what they've  learned, and the support they've gotten from  

  • our teachers and each other in our private groupsThe first one is Al. She's really active in our  

  • Facebook group and she talks about how knowing  the technique is helping her change her habit.

  • Hi guys I'm Al. I'm from Indonesia. So I always  wanted to sound like a native American speaker,  

  • but I didn't even know how. Whenever I watch US  TV shows or US movies, I always admire Americans.  

  • They speak super fast and very clear. I was  so desperate to sound like them. I found an  

  • accent coach and of course it was very pricey and  I simply couldn't even afford him. I was very sad  

  • and I didn't even know how and so I imitated  so many Hollywood scenes as many as possible,  

  • and of course imitating so many scenes on movies  or TV shows without knowing the technique was  

  • hard. Like I constantly made mistakes, and nobody  even corrected me until I found this Academy,  

  • Rachel's English Academy, and I can  say this Academy has been my life saver  

  • and I'm very happy to be here, and the teachers  are so encouraging and very expert. Um,  

  • they can correct my mistakes in the most specific  way, so I could, I can just change my habit,  

  • and of course, it's not easy to  change the habit, I'm so sure that  

  • um it takes time but from time to time, I can see  my improvements and now I can feel so confident  

  • in my English, and I really, really want you to  also feel what I feel when you speak in English.

  • And in this Academy, I get  access to Facebook group.  

  • This group is super powerful. Why? Because  the teachers and friends are super supportive,  

  • and I feel very safe to be myself. I upload my  homework, and I can be vulnerable sometimes, and  

  • I can grow as a person and as an English learnerSo come on, join us, and I'll see you soon!

  • I'm so happy that she's feeling confident. That's  really what makes the difference. Next is Kostas,  

  • who actually made this video at work, I love it,  

  • he's an actor who's working on perfecting his  American accent so that he can get more jobs  

  • acting. I got to know him whenworked with him in a live class.

  • Hi guys! How are you! Um, my name is Kostas and  I'm here at work so I hope my boss won't see me.  

  • I just really wanted to share with you my  experience with Rachel's English Academy.  

  • Yes, that's, that's the reason, and um, yeah, I'm  super excited. Usually I'm not doing things like  

  • that, I'm quite shy, but I really want to share  with you because I, um, I really think it's worth  

  • it, and I really think, I really, it really helped  me. And I hope it will help you too if you do the  

  • right choice, um, like I did. So you know, how can  I start? So you know originally, I'm from Greece.  

  • And now I live in MelbourneAustralia. I came here at 2014,  

  • and the only reason I came here was to become  an actor. And I did. I did became an actor and  

  • very quickly, I realized that one of the  biggest challenges will be to train my accent.  

  • You know, see, back then, I had  a really, really thick accent,  

  • and I remember the head of the drama school was  like 'alright Kostas, we'll have to, you know,  

  • work on that so you can have more opportunities  to gain auditions. So I had two choices.  

  • Maybe had more, but in my head it was two choices.  I could just either learn the Australian accent  

  • or I could just learn the American accent, but you  see, the Australian accent is really difficult for  

  • me, and I always, always, because of the moviesbecause I have so much, so many, so much family in  

  • America, and because I really love American,  I love the language, I love the accent. It's  

  • something in it, I just love it. So I was likeall right I'm going to learn the American accent.  

  • So that's how this journey begun. So I tried to  find private classes. I was like it's going to be  

  • face to face. What I realized was that the private  class is a very, very, very, very expensive.  

  • And that they were so expensive that I could  only afford maybe three a month and that was  

  • not for everyone. And you know, if you're an  actor, you understand like actors, they're not,  

  • we don't, we don't have that you knowso much money, we don't have that, um,  

  • you know, luxury to spend money, whatever we want  and all stuff. So I was like I had to be very  

  • careful. I didn't, my pocket wouldn't allow me to  have more than two classes every four months. So  

  • I was like that's not gonna workthat's not gonna work, a few hours  

  • every three months. So I was like, all right,  I'm gonna have to find something online. So i,  

  • I try to find classes, or you know, videos  or anything on YouTube and then on Google,  

  • I googled some, you know, American accent  classes. And I just I found one, one and a  

  • half. It just didn't work for me and then one day,  I just I stepped upon Rachel's video on YouTube.  

  • And man, it was great. It was great. And I started  training with Rachel's videos for, I think it was  

  • like a month, and then I just saw that you know  she has an online course. You can subscribe for  

  • how much a month, super affordable and then you  know it was Rachel's English Academy. That's  

  • the name. Rachel's English Academy. And I went  online and I subscribed to that. I signed up and  

  • I haven't stopped since then. I haven't stopped  since then and I'm not going to stop. I'm not  

  • going to stop. Because Rachel and her team, they  gave me hope. They gave me hope, and you know,  

  • you see back then, I would never dare to try to  do an American accent. It was, I would never dare.  

  • I would, I would, even if I was in a private  room, and I would try to do an American accent,  

  • I would just, sometimes I would cry. I would  just, you know, I would turn into a red apple.  

  • And I would just shut down. I would hear my voice  trying to do an American accent, and I would just  

  • start crying immediately because it would trigger  me that I will never become what I want to become.  

  • I will never be able to compete with all these  Australian actors that so easily can do American  

  • accent. And I would never be equal and it reallyit really hurts, it really hurts, and you know,  

  • when you try so hard, and you just, you don't have  someone to back you up. But when I met Rachel,  

  • through Rachel's English Academy, I got her  and her team to back me up. And I'm going  

  • to start giving you, because, I'm sorry,  I talk too much but just, I'm so excited.  

  • I'm going to give you some. I'm going to try to  give you the most important things why Rachel's  

  • English Academy helped me so much and the last  one, which is my favorite, and it's like a break  

  • deal, a deal breaker for me, I'm gonna leave it at  the end. So what can I say, the way the website is  

  • built, it's easy to navigate, and it you will  never lose, you know, you will never get lost.  

  • The variety of courses, great. You can choose  whatever you want. You don't like this,  

  • you can train with this. You don't like thisyou can train with that. You don't like that,  

  • well you're gonna find something else. You don't  like that something else? You're going to find  

  • something else. Something else. There's  no way you can't find something you like.  

  • My favorite is the soundboards. You literally  have thousands and thousands of phrases and  

  • words. You can play it, say it, play it, say itplay it, say it. You can download it, and then you  

  • can just work out and then play it, say it, play  it, say it. It never leaves you. That's the great  

  • thing. And my favorite thing is the Hollywood  one. The Hollywood, we have the Hollywood scenes  

  • where you can see the scene, and then there's  subtitles, and then you can learn to play it, say  

  • it those phrases from the Hollywood scene. And  then you hear how a natural and real American,  

  • I mean a real American. You know, if it's an  action, like the way they talk you know faster  

  • or slower or whatever, it's great. It's  just great. And for me as an actor I can  

  • find some great scenes there as well. The other  thing, it's the Facebook group. It's an amazing  

  • community of people like me where we helping  each other. And then here's the great thing,  

  • you put a video on, whatever you want, and then  a teacher will give you live feedback. How great  

  • is that? All in the same price, no extra cost.  I love that. I love that. And then because it's  

  • already pretty much seven minutes video, I'm going  to give you the best one. Those people, Rachel  

  • and her team, they are real people. I spoke to Rachel  through a live, one of her live classes she does,  

  • and it was like I spoke to someone I already knew  for years and years and years. And I don't know  

  • Rachel, I know her through the video. She made me  feel like family. She's real, and her people, and  

  • her team are real. And that is important. I didn't  feel like teacher and student. I feel like a  

  • friend towards another friend. She's professional  and family at the same time. And I never felt this  

  • before. And that's the main reason I'm not gonna  leave them. Because not just I can walk in the  

  • room and be 'I'm here!' and I'm gonna pick up  a script, and I'm gonna do American accent. I  

  • know the tools, I know what to work at. I can  hear my mistake, and I can correct it. That's  

  • great. And the more I work hard, keep working  hard, what Rachel keeps saying I'll become,  

  • I'll nail it one day. One day I'll just nail itand I'm so close to it. I know I'm now close. And  

  • you know, that confidence, it comes from Rachel  and her team. So if you're serious with your work  

  • man, if you're serious that you want to really  learn and you're serious, join. And you know,  

  • I'll see you in at the Facebook group. Andcan't wait to learn from you, and you maybe learn  

  • from me, and we're all going to learn from the  teachers and Rachel. You know, all right, thank  

  • you so much. I already spoke too much. I couldif I could keep talking, I would keep talking.  

  • Rachel and your team, I know you guys hear meThank you so much. Thank you for your hard work.  

  • Thanks for everything you're doing. All right  I think I got an order, you know, actor's life.  

  • I need to go and make a hamburger. All rightthank you so much, guys. Bye-bye. Bye-bye, guys.

  • Wonderful! Thank you, Kostasso much for making that.

  • This is Ella. She's from China and she's been  living in Canada. She's been in the Academy for  

  • just a few months, and joined so she could have  more organization and a system for improving.  

  • I love that she learned she had  to go beyond learning concepts  

  • about pronunciation with her mind into her body  learning through imitation to change her habit.

  • Hello, everyone! I'm here to talk about my own  experience with Rachel's English Academy so that  

  • more people can benefit from that as well. My name  is Ella and my native language is Mandarin. I grew  

  • up in China, and I've been living in Canada  for more than three years. I know many people  

  • think that if they have been living in a country  for a few years, they are going to be naturally  

  • good in pronunciation, but that's not the caseRight, so I'm trying to make some efforts.

  • So I came across um Rachel's YouTube channelfew months ago, and since then, I found it's a big  

  • treasure. So I enrolled myself into the Academy  in order to learn this in a more systematic way.

  • So I used to spend like 20-30 minutes a day incourse, but recently I try to invest more time,  

  • like two hours because I feel it's  really worth it. It's worth it.  

  • So things that I love most about  this Academy is, first, the thing,  

  • it doesn't only teach you the  techniques, the traditional techniques,  

  • and about pronunciation improvementlike vowel, consonant, diphthong,  

  • rhythm, etc. It also changed my mindset  because as someone who likes to approach  

  • new knowledge with logic and analysis, I didn't  realize that imitation is actually the key  

  • to learn pronunciation. Imitation is just  so much more important than I thought.  

  • And also like Rachel said when you try to  imitate someone, don't just use the technique to  

  • talk like him. Try to be him, be him. So yeah  that's really, that's really inspiring for me. And  

  • I also like the big support team from the AcademyLike all the teachers in this team are awesome.  

  • Every time when I submit my own recording to  the Facebook group, the teacher can always  

  • identify my mistakes, small mistakes  that I could have never realized myself.  

  • And they always give me very clear and  easy to follow instructions to improve.  

  • Rachel also has a regular video  course with random students where she  

  • corrects their pronunciations over the videoThat's also very helpful because um the students  

  • are from all over the world, including China, so  I can easily relate myself to the Chinese students  

  • and see the same mistakes that I have in my in my  own speech as well, in my own speaking as well.  

  • I can talk more about the Academy, but it's  going to be a long video. So if you are someone  

  • who is trying to make a difference in your  English accent, I highly, highly recommend  

  • Rachel's English Academy. You are going to  love it. And also, it's very, very affordable.  

  • Thank you so much for watching, and  I hope this video is going to be  

  • helpful for you. I hope to  see you here soon. Bye-bye.

  • I love her dedication. Our next student  is Shikhar, who is really active in the  

  • Facebook group, and I've been lucky to work  with him in a live class. He's so dedicated  

  • to his studies and he talks through the  kinds of lessons he uses in the Academy

  • Hello this is Shikhar from India and I'd like to  share my experience with Rachel's English Academy.  

  • Rachel's English has taught me  to look at languages differently.  

  • I've learned that every language has its own  character and melody. And when we start to grasp  

  • this unique character and melody, we're able  to acquire the language with that much ease.  

  • What I've learned in Rachel's English Academy  is different from what I did from our YouTube  

  • channel. It's not just the content, but the toolsinstructions and feedback that you have access to  

  • in the Academy, which takes your training to  the next level. You'll get a lot of ear training  

  • through the unique tool of soundboards where you  listen to and repeat audio clips several times.  

  • This will enhance your ability to catch  sounds which you otherwise couldn't.  

  • We use these soundboards to practice vocabulary  phrases idioms and scripts. And this goes a long  

  • way to boost your conversational skills. We  also have a very supportive online community,  

  • where we exchange tips, strategies, and feedback  with each other. And the personalized feedback  

  • you get from Rachel and her team of instructors  will make sure that you are on the right track  

  • with your training. There are more reasons to  invest in your spoken English. Especially today,  

  • almost 60 percent of all content on the internet  is in English. We have already entered the age of  

  • personal branding and whether we like it or notall of us have become content creators. If there's  

  • one skill that's going to have the maximum impact  on all other aspects of your life, it's your  

  • ability to speak effectively. Your listeners can't  take your communication seriously if you don't.  

  • When you choose to speak another language, you  choose to sound different. If you've had enough  

  • of speaking English in non-standard patterns and  with a makeshift accent, I would highly recommend  

  • joining the Rachel's English Academy. It  could be game changing for your communication.

  • Shikhar, thank you so much for making that  video. Next is Jane. She's never been to  

  • the US. But she feels like she's getting an  American experience in the Academy, I love that.

  • Hi everyone! How's it going? I'm Jane from Brazil.  

  • I joined Rachel's English Academy a couple  of years ago, and it was a life-changing  

  • decision for me. It helped me improve not only  my pronunciation, but also my listening skills.  

  • I teach Brazilian Portuguese online to foreignersand guess what? Most of my students are American.  

  • During the lessons, many of them are very relaxed  at home or some of them speak really fast,  

  • so when talk, I can see all the concepts that we  learn in the Academy about placement, intonation,  

  • stress, reductions, linking sounds, and learning  all of these helps me speak in a better way and  

  • also understand what they say without asking  them to repeat all the time. So the whole  

  • conversation gets more natural when you have  speaking English because they're beginners.  

  • I think that everything we learn in the Academy is  taught in the most professional way. We can tell  

  • Rachel has an extensive knowledge of the voice  and it makes a huge difference. I've never been  

  • to the USA, so it's a great thing that I can  have this sort of American experience from home,  

  • and I'm very thankful for this opportunity.

  • Thank you, Jane. Next, is Lucas. He lives in  Brazil and he teaches English. That's his job.

  • Hey guys! What's up? I'm Eric. An ESL teacher  from Brazil. So I've been in the Academy since  

  • the get-go. And since I teach the language,  I'm supposed to have a very good pronunciation.  

  • Uh my students deserve the best, and I try to be  the English teacher I didn't have in the past.  

  • I've never had a teacher who  taught me how to speak naturally.  

  • And this is so important when you're  dealing with a language that's not phonetic.  

  • However, I'd say that what Rachel's really taught  me was confidence. And again, this is so important  

  • when you are teaching the language. My favorite  thing about the Academy, well, that's a tough one.  

  • Ben Franklin exercises. Yes. They're so good. I  mean, the videos are so good. The repetition in  

  • the video makes you internalize the content while  you're watching it, which is a pretty good thing.  

  • Second, words that reduce. I remember I would  over pronounce every word in a sentence.  

  • And you don't want to do that in American Englishright? Keep your function words as short as you  

  • can, just like I did in the previous sentence. Did  you notice? I didn't say 'as you can'. I said: as,