About Me

Luke Nicholson
Luke NicholsonUK Freelancer of the Year 2017

Hi, my name’s Luke and I’m a British accent coach based in London. I teach non-native English speakers how to communicate more clearly.

I was frustrated at the lack of high-quality teaching materials for British English pronunciation. So in 2012 I set up my business to change the situation.

I have years of teaching experience and I lecture at the Summer Course in English Phonetics at University College London (UCL).

I am a member of the International Phonetic Association and have trained with KT Speechwork in New York City. In my spare time, I study and learn languages. I can speak German and Italian. Currently I am learning Tamil, Russian and Vietnamese.

I have the technical, academic, and practical skills to help you improve your accent.

International Phonetic Association

Hi, my name’s Luke and I’m a British accent coach based in London. I teach non-native English speakers how to communicate more clearly.

I was frustrated at the lack of high-quality teaching materials for British English pronunciation. So in 2012 I set up my business to change the situation.

I have years of teaching experience and have lectured/taught on the Summer Course in English Phonetics at University College London (UCL).

I am a member of the International Phonetic Association and have trained with KT Speechwork in New York City.

I have the technical, academic, and practical skills to help you improve your accent.

International Phonetic Association

Learners From Across The World

Countries I've taught

I have taught people from over 85 countries around the world…

Afghanistan, Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, The Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zimbabwe

…from 18 to 76 years old!

Media Appearances

BBC London Radio
Evening Standard Newspaper

You can read an interview with me in The Evening Standard (a newspaper in London) by clicking here.

I was quoted in this article about Meghan Markle’s accent.

Blog Interviews

I was interviewed live on EuroNews about British accents here.

I recorded a video for Brazilian news portal G1 about English pronunciation here.

Blog Interviews

I was in Rosetta Stone’s podcast talking about accents here.

Blog Interviews

Interview on the popular SuperLinguo linguistics blog here.

Interview by Modern Work magazine here and here.

Interview by IPSE here and here.

Awards and Nominations

UK Freelancer of the Year IPSE magazine cover

My online pronunciation course was shortlisted for the British Council ELTons Awards 2021.

UK Freelancer of the Year IPSE magazine cover

I won IPSE’s UK Freelancer of the Year 2017. You can find out more information by clicking here.

UK Freelancer of the Year IPSE magazine cover

YouTube gave me the Silver Creator Award in 2020 for reaching over 100,000 subscribers. You can check out my channel here.

#SBS Small Business Sunday

Theo Paphitis (from BBC television show Dragons’ Den) selected me as a winner of his Small Business Sunday(#SBS) initiative.

British Small Business Awards

I was shortlisted for Sole Trader of the Year at the British Small Business Awards.

Publications

Voice & Speech Review

My paper Teaching vowels physically was published as the lead article in Volume 11 Issue 2 of the VSR.

Qualifications

Qualifications

International Phonetic Association (IPA) Certificate (at University College London. This qualification certifies an advanced knowledge of English phonetics and the sounds of hundreds of world languages)

CELTA – Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (This is the standard qualification for English Language teaching in the UK)

First-class BA(Hons) German Studies & Italian Studies (at the University of Birmingham. This provided excellent training in linguistics and phonetics)

MA Acting – Distinction in Voice and in Articulation (This gave Luke an advanced knowledge of how the voice and the muscles of the mouth work)