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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Comments

Stanley K.

My character in three kings seems to not really have an accent, but I still think I need to practice. I seem to have a little different dialect. We both are from the west coast. I hope this class keeps going well. I seems to keep having a headache and trouble focusing.... I really enjoy the class, though and hope to go to film school learn more about directing. Thank you for this class, Natalie really seems to have the charisma to help me keep going. :-)

Milena R.

This kind of practice is sooo useful. Here in Brazil we have lots of accents and it`s really helpful to practice with other people, use vowels, do something while speak...

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.

Valentina O.

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...