Always Understood, L.L.C.
We provide services within the Minneapolis/St Paul,
MN area. Classes are held at your employer's site or
the AU office
Contact us for a free introductory
class or current costs
Download the PDF entitled: Accent Control:
Treatment Improved Communication
Do you feel that your accent interferes with
being understood at work...at school? ... out in the
Do you want more confidence in all speaking
Always Understood , LLC belief is that every
motivated non-native speaker of English can maximize
their potential and achieve goals when communication
is improved and confidence is enhanced at school, in
the work place and out in the community. To that
end, our program focus is not on eliminating an
accent, but on addressing verbal and nonverbal
communication differences that may potentially cause
The company was founded by Maria Metzger who has over 20 years of experience in teaching pronunciation skills to non-native speakers of English. She holds an M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology and has certification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Additionally, she has attained certification in the Compton P-ESL accent reduction method and has had training by LDS (Lorna Sikorski) in accent reduction strategies. Maria has taught ESL pronunciation at a University of Michigan program and volunteered as an ESL teacher with the Minnesota Literacy Council.
Past clients have included
University of Michigan and University of Minnesota
professors, business professionals at Michigan and
Minnesota corporations, graduate assistants,
researchers, physicians, attorneys, business
professionals and hospital staff.
Clients have reported that, after
course completion they were able to begin a new job
with confidence or advance their careers and would
recommend the course to a colleague or friend.
Looking For Accent Reduction?
Welcome to Always Understood, LLC! We work closely
with our clients/students to customize a program
based on their unique speech intelligibility needs.
Students make improvements by learning to recognize
and produce American English vowel and consonant
sounds , while incorporating new ways of stressing
syllables in words, using pitch patterns, using word
emphasis rules, and connecting words. These elements
are key to facilitating the rhythm and melody of
American English and in improving the ability to be
always understood .
Each course is
designed to aid non-native American English speakers
to conquer pronunciation skill challenges and
to dramatically improve speaking ability.