From Natalie Portman's MasterClass

Dialect Coaching: Research and Practice

When preparing for roles that involve a foreign language, accent, or dialect, Natalie works with her dialect coach, Tanya Blumstein. In this lesson, Natalie and Tanya demonstrate how they collaborate to shape the voice of a character.

Topics include: Warm Up With Vowel Sounds • Build on Your Character's Place of Origin • Learn From Primary Sources • Ways to Work Independently

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When preparing for roles that involve a foreign language, accent, or dialect, Natalie works with her dialect coach, Tanya Blumstein. In this lesson, Natalie and Tanya demonstrate how they collaborate to shape the voice of a character.

Topics include: Warm Up With Vowel Sounds • Build on Your Character's Place of Origin • Learn From Primary Sources • Ways to Work Independently

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Natalie is obviously a great actress and I think she did a great overall job of trying to cover all aspects of acting. I work in casting and it was also very helpful to me.

I found this class very helpful for preparing for roles. Natalie immediately delves in depth in how she prepares and researches. She could easily be a professor at a top drama school. It is obvious she put much thought into teaching others. Not just from her own experience (which alone is extremely helpful); she also used other examples in film acting to illustrate her points.

I loved this masterclass with Natalie Portman. I've been an actress for 15 years while raising my daughter. Now that she's grown, I need to pursue this love I have for filmmaking further.

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Comments

Nastasia M.

I love the suggestions of using vowels and how to best capture an accent when researching that you can refer to later when practicing.

A fellow student

From a French person: your French accent is one of the best I've ever heard from an English speaker!! Anyway, I'm loving your classes. This one I found especially helpful not only for acting, but also for learning new languages (I am really obsessed with perfect pronounciation, ahahah)

Laszlo M.

I would LOVE a class that explores language learning more in depth! When is it coming?! :)

Casie

Let's talk about dialect! What dialect did you choose? To share your work, get feedback, connect with students and discuss the workbook, visit The Hub! Here's the link: https://community.masterclass.com/c/performance/np-workbook

Ocubox

This is so USEFUL, love finding (inc. my own discovery) of using vowel sounds, I just felt doing them, how much faster your mouth is warmed up, you can push too hard after a while, so take it easy, vowel sounds in all their different styles, like doing them for the whole alphabet is a great consistent EPIC way to warm up and get ready to perform without spending too long on vocal exercises...