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Whether you're an actor wanting instruction and coaching in dialects, voice-over, or Shakespeare; an ESL student; a regional-dialect speaker needing "accent reduction"; or someone who wants to learn an accent just for fun, you've come to the right place! Paul Meier has been teaching British and American dialects (Yorkshire dialect, Scottish dialect, Cockney dialect, New York dialect, etc.), and foreign-language accents (French accent, German accent, Russian accent, etc.) for over 40 years in the United States and his native England, coaching some of the biggest names in movies — Tobey Maguire of Spiderman fame, for example — and hundreds of plays, films, and musicals. With his long experience as a voice-over artist (the voice of Walmart's Smiley) and as an actor in audio books (Ayn Rand's Anthem), he's uniquely qualified to help others in these fields. Welcome to Paul Meier Dialect Services.
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His books, booklets, and CDs have been developed over a 40-year period, and, simply put, they work! Paul Meier's resources are designed for success:
- They're easy to follow, producing instant results.
- No prior skills are needed, yet the materials are rigorous enough to challenge
the experienced dialect student.
- And they're fun to work with!
They've helped thousands of people, from famous actors to the client in Nebraska who simply wanted "to read Harry Potter books in a British dialect to my fourth-grade class."
Good luck with all your dialect work!
Each of these is a collection of Paul's dialect material: CDs and text sturdily bound into a handsome book. Accents and Dialects for Stage and Screen contains all 24 accents and dialects that Paul currently offers, while Dialects of the British Isles features nine of the most often used British and Irish dialects. Click the icon to save 80% of the cost of the individual booklets!
Each instructional booklet contains its own CD, analyzing and demonstrating the signature sounds of the accent or dialect. Paul clearly discusses and demonstrates rhythm, intonation, and tonal placement, inviting you to repeat the exercises. Each booklet/CD culminates in two audition monologues (one male and one female) from a play or film requiring that dialect, so you're guaranteed at least one perfect dialect piece in your audition repertoire!
You've learned the dialect with one of Paul's booklets and CDs, but now you've won a dialect role and need help with your character's lines. Or you're producing Cabaret, My Fair Lady, or A Streetcar Named Desire but your budget won't stretch to hiring a dialect coach in person. Paul is the only dialect coach in the business currently offering CDs that coach these and hundreds of other specific shows (one CD per character). Whether you're doing the show in the village hall or a big-city Equity venue, click the icon to learn how your company can enjoy this unique service.
Need a top-flight dialect coach on set for your current film or play? Click the icon to learn more about booking Paul for a few days or for your entire shoot!
No matter how hard you've studied Paul's materials, you want to know you're doing it right. Or your agent just called, and at tomorrow's audition you need a flawless Russian, Cockney, or Aussie accent. Or you're shooting a low-budget indie and your actors need a dialect for next week's scenes. Book a Skype/phone-coaching session with Paul right away! Click the icon for more details.
Whatever you're working on, Paul can coach you or your group through an online workshop designed especially to suit your needs. Click the icon for more details.
Whether you're in the entertainment industry or the accent-modification field, training and certification from Paul Meier will certainly enhance your capabilities and credentials. Click the icon for more details.
Wanting to extend your dialect range in voice-overs? Need coaching for a dialect audition or tomorrow morning's gig? Need help producing your first demo? Voice-over is a special skill, and you want an experienced teacher and practitioner to guide you. Click the icon to find out how Paul can help you.
In addition to his celebrated work with accents and dialects, Paul is a master teacher and coach in Shakespeare's works. He has helped hundreds of actors embrace the language of Shakespeare's plays with clarity and authority. Click the icon to access Paul's work for the classical actor, including his eBook, Voicing Shakespeare.
Paul works with a large variety of clients from his studio — shipping custom CDs, sending mp3 recordings by e-mail, or creating download files, often providing same-day service! Click the icon to find out more.
Perhaps English is your second language and you want to move closer to General American English or Standard British English? Perhaps you speak a regional dialect that hampers you professionally or socially? Click the icon and visit the page just for you!
We provide training systems for call centers and other businesses that need either British or American English pronunciation to deal more successfully with their international customers. Dialect recognition and comprehension training is also provided. Click the icon to find out more about our speech-training products and services for international businesses.
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Paul Meier Dialect Services uses the high-security PayPal® as its online payment portal. We also have options for payment by check, money order, electronic transfer, and purchase order; accepting some currencies other than U.S. dollars. Click the icon for details.