What happens in lessons?
1. Assessment of your accent
I start with a comprehensive assessment of your accent (while speaking and reading). This means I am able to tailor the lessons to your individual needs.
2. Understand how the mouth muscles work
We will explore how the mouth works within the first lesson. Remember that speech is physical activity. It’s important to understand how the mouth muscles work, so you are able to change the way you speak.
3. Train the muscles
We do physical training exercises to make the mouth muscles stronger and more flexible. This will give you the control to create new sounds more easily.
4. Learn some IPA (phonetic) symbols
English spelling is confusing. It is not easy to guess the pronunciation of a word from the spelling for example the “b” in “debt” is not pronounced!)
By learning the difference between letters and sounds – and using symbols from the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) – the process of pronouncing words becomes much simpler.
Don’t worry if you want to avoid phonetics – they are not essential to improving your accent.
5. Focus on important sounds
I start by teaching you the sounds that will make the biggest differences to your accent. The first priority is improving intelligibility (=people understanding you). The second priority is sounding more like a native speaker. Depending on your needs we may study some or all of the following: vowels, consonants, rhythm, intonation, and voice quality (or articulatory settings).
When helpful, I make comparisons with the sounds in your native language.
6. Practice materials to study at home
I will give you worksheets with diagrams, practice texts and audio recordings. In addition, I will email you a “Lesson Summary” after each lesson, which documents what we learned and includes advice on what to practise.
7. Guidance on how to practise
I will advise you on how to practise and how to use new sounds effectively in your everyday speech.
8. Speak clearly & confidently!
After taking lessons, you will have a deeper understanding of how English pronunciation works and you will be able to communicate more effectively in English.
Where and When?
Lessons in London
- On Bolsover Street in Central London.
- 1 Hour. 1 Student. 1 Teacher.
- Monday – Thursday, 11.15am – 7pm.
1. Bolsover Street is within walking distance of 6 different tube lines. There is also a car park nearby.
2. Longer lessons available on request.
3. Private lessons only. Group lessons/workshops available for companies.
Lessons via Skype
- Take lessons whenever and wherever suits you online.
- 1 Hour. 1 Student. 1 Teacher.
- Monday – Thursday, 11.15am – 7pm (UK time).
Each lesson lasts for 1 hour. Before you pay, you will need to contact me to check my availability.
1. Each lesson lasts for 1 hour. Longer or shorter lessons are available on request.
2. Before you pay, please contact me to check my availability. Once we have arranged a time, I shall send you a link to pay. Payments can be made securely on my website and payment is required 48 hours in advance of the lesson.
3. Lessons in London or via Skype are the same price. For lessons at your home/workplace, a travelling fee will be added.
Too expensive? Perhaps a more economic option would be to purchase my Online Pronunciation Course?
Listen to Previous Students
Alex was from Belgium and wanted to improve his accent. Listen to him below:
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After taking lessons:
Here are some reviews:
Luke’s lessons were the best investment into my personal development I’ve ever made. The lessons were tailored to tackle specific difficulties and I could see (or rather hear) how my speech kept improving each week. The experience was “ear-opening” as I started paying more attention to how people pronounced certain words and which words I struggled to pronounce myself. You almost develop and extra sense which is a wonderful feeling. Improving your accent is not a magic trick, you need to work hard, but Luke’s lessons make this journey extremely pleasant and rewarding.
Anna, Journalist, Russia
Luke is an excellent teacher, highly professional (I’m very impressed by his professionalism), efficient, very organised and supportive. I took 20 lessons with Luke and during each lesson time has always flown by very quickly. Luke’s lessons, support practice worksheets and recordings are well designed and were tailored to my specific needs. I now feel more confident while speaking English. Speaking with a proper English accent doesn’t feel out of reach anymore as I now understand the logic behind it. I definitely recommend taking lessons with Luke to anyone willing to improve their English accent.
Elise, Contract Manager, France
Alex, Filmmaker, Belgium
I have taken 15 lessons with Luke and will certainly go back for more. Luke’s extensive experience lets him easily identify your needs, the mistakes you make and tailor the lessons around those. I have previously read different pronunciation books and watched various pronunciation videos on YouTube but it turned out I had a very limited idea of what makes me really sound “foreign”. Luke helped me identify mistakes I have never realised I was making. Luke is extremely organised, taking notes of everything we went through during the lessons and sending it to you straight after the lesson. His handouts are thorough and very informative, full of great exercises you can use to practice. Luke is extremely knowledgeable of other languages and their way of pronunciation, including Bulgarian, and it was always helpful when he compared English with Bulgarian sounds. I can certainly see the progress that I have made and my colleagues have also expressed their views that now I sound much more British. I would highly recommend his individual and tailored to your needs approach if you are serious about improving your accent.
Tsetso Bikov, Business Development Manager, Bulgaria
Are you struggling to be understood while speaking? Would you like to sound like a native English speaker? Have you been studying English for years and still feel there is room for improvement? I was experiencing all those situations at once. If you see yourself reflected in my questions, Luke’s classes are definitely for you. You will progress by leaps and bounds: the results are palpable after the first weeks. Classes are tailor-made to your needs, which makes the learning curve steeper. On top of that, Luke is a nice easy-going teacher, making the process pleasant and enjoyable. You only need to do one thing: follow Luke’s directions and practise a bit day after day. I got 10 classes and moneywise I was a bit concerned about the investment. However, benefits have outweighed the cost. If you really want to make a real change in your pronunciation, do not hesitate to contact him.
David, Market Research Analyst, Spain
I had 10 lessons with Luke, which left me very satisfied. He is a born teacher, who has an excellent knowledge of the English language and phonetics, without lacking a comparative perspective. He has an excellent ear for speech sounds and is very good at detecting imperfections and coming up with practical ideas to help you reduce them. Finally, he has an engaging personality and a genuine interest in what he does, which makes the lessons pleasant.
I, Future Pupil Barrister, Bulgaria
Luke really is kind of a magician: he made me understand things about how to pronounce some English words that I would not have been able to figure out otherwise. He made me aware of my mispronunciations and so allowed me to make great progress. He is an amazing teacher, explaining both the theory but obviously emphasizing on physical practice. The results I was able to achieve in 10 weeks were astonishing. And the lessons are really pleasant: I always looked forward to our lessons during the 10 weeks we had lessons together. I would totally recommend working with Luke!
Nicolas, CEO @ Theodo UK, France
I really needed to improve my accent for my job and thanks to Luke I’m starting to achieve that. His way of teaching is very unique. He can always identify the sounds that I need to change, and all the lessons are 100% tailored for me. He also knows about the sounds I use in my language and he gives me tools to change them when I talk in English. At the end of each lesson, he always sends me a summary of what we’ve learned, and also, all the exercises I need to practise, and some useful tips, which is very helpful. He also provides lots of worksheets and audio recordings to practise all the things you learn during the lessons. So far I’ve done six lessons, and after the first one I already started feeling some improvement, which made me feel more confident in my speech.
If you are looking to improve your accent don’t doubt it, Luke is your teacher!
Pau, Actor, Spain
I have just finished my 10-session course and I’m very satisfied with his teaching. I highly recommend him to those who wish to perfect their English pronunciation, because
1. He could always identify the mistakes I made and when I had difficulty pronouncing words correctly, he could always use some methods to guide me to change my pronunciation.
2. His explanation of the movements of the jaw, lips and tongue were really helpful in demystifying English pronunciation.
3. English pronunciation may vary when speaking fast (weak form and strong form). His explanation of this was brilliant, I could feel that my speech became more natural after following his instructions.
4. He is very knowledgeable about English pronunciation, he can always answer my questions about it.
5. His personalised lesson summary points out the words or pronunciations I have problem with and gives some sentences for me to practise at home.
6. Each of his teaching material (with recording) focuses on one topic which helps me concentrate on one thing each time.
7. He is very friendly and the atmosphere in the lesson is very relaxed. I enjoy having lessons with him very much.
Luke’s private lessons are enjoyable and effective, and his written and computer-based support material is excellent. I felt I got immediate results after the first lesson and a bit of homework.
After many years spent in the UK, I wanted to improve my accent further and booked a handful of lessons with Luke. In an international city such as London, surrounded by people with different accents, it is not always easy to stick to a “good” English accent. Luke’s approach was of tremendous help.
Luke tailored his lessons to my needs to help me make immediate progress. The written material he gave me was substantial and supported by his own recordings, which I could use at home. Each lesson was focused on a specific sound I had problems with and was interactive. We also focused on words and expressions specific to my job.
Lessons with Luke have left me more aware of the English pronunciation, and more confident. Strongly recommended to anyone who wants to reach the next level in British English.
Damien, Entrepreneur, France
A few months ago, I was searching on the Internet to look for some ways to improve my speaking English and I found this website. I have done 10 lessons with Luke via Skype and I am really glad I did it.
Although I have been learning English for so many years, I always felt very nervous and shy speaking in English before taking Luke’s lessons. Luke helped me to understand the sound system of English in a very effective way. He could always explain the topics clearly by giving different examples. Also, he made me understand how to produce some challenging sounds by referencing my native language (Cantonese).
Luke also provided comprehensive practice materials in each lesson so that I could practice the topics every day by myself. After 10 lessons, I can say I am more confident in speaking English! Luke is definitely the best English teacher I have ever had.
Fa Fa, Humanitarian Worker, Hong Kong
Luke as a teacher was encouraging, supportive and fun. He was also very patient and methodical. He went above and beyond as a teacher, preparing extensive homework and the classes were tailor-made to my needs and based on my mother tongue, Brazilian Portuguese. There is no one I would not recommend him to! Thank you for all your help, support and hard work. It has been a real pleasure to study with you. I have certainly improved my pronunciation.
I had lessons with Luke for about 10 months. My Japanese accent was very strong originally, but thanks to Luke, it improved so much. Luke uses his own method and lesson materials. Furthermore, he prioritizes and focus on your own pronunciation characteristics that need to be improved. Thank you Luke, for your amazing lessons!
Tomo, Japan, Planner at Advertising Agency
It has been a pleasure to work with Luke throughout 10 individual lessons. He’s a very pleasant person and super accent coach. Like in the best of working partnerships, he was able to get me improve the clarity of my speech, through a very mindful and efficient approach. Lessons all of high quality and I also appreciate his understanding of how my native language works and of the main accent challenges to overcome. Highly recommended investment.
Roberto, Communication Consultant, Italy
The lessons with Luke were very focused on things that would have highest impact on my pronunciation based on my assessment and progress, very organised as Luke always had a plan for a lesson, took notes during sessions and he always followed up with detailed notes and recommendations, and the sessions were just plain enjoyable. I noticed improvements starting from the very first lesson and I can’t believe how my pronunciation and awareness of my speech improved after just 6 lessons.
Egor, IT Engineer, Russia
I’m an Italian professional working as a consultant in a busy private practice in central London. Few months ago, after many years of postponing it, I finally found the time to enrol for an accent softening course. I found Luke’s website clear and thorough, his credentials impeccable, and his interaction over the phone friendly yet professional. I started my course with much anticipation and willingness to make it work for me and … it really did. After only few lessons I could distinguish sounds that I’ve never notice before or being able to reproduce it correctly which allowed me to self-correct mistakes. With regular practice, I was able to incorporate most new sounds in my everyday speech which brought a significant improvement in both the clarity of my speech and my self-confidence when interacting with clients. After each lesson, I received a comprehensive package comprising the notes from my day’s lesson and a variety of tips to improve my practice, resources and learning material. I can truly say that Luke’s coaching it has been invaluable as much as enjoyable, it has 100% matched my expectations and I’d highly recommend his accent softening course to everyone serious about improving their confidence in the English Language.
Emmanuelle, Researcher/Teacher, France
It has been one of the best learning experiences I’ve ever had. Luke helped me find my English me. In every lesson I was taking a step forward. I realised it is all about making small changes.
I was going at my own pace, and with patience and effort I could notice in every lesson how much I was improving. It happened with most of the topics, all of a sudden I didn’t need to think about them anymore.
I will always be grateful to Luke for this great experience.
Clara, Catalan Speaker
All I want to say is “Thank You” to Luke, I started this course on my 30th Birthday and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I spent 20 weeks with Luke, and I had significant improvement, I had fun! It was a cool experience. Luke is extremely friendly and patient, the most important thing is he is doing what he’s good at! 🙂
I have finished a course of lessons, and the experience has been absolutely amazing. If you really want to improve your accent, this is the course. The classes are so well-adapted and programmed according to your level. Luke creates a great teaching dynamic and he is always aware of what to correct. It was really worth it!
Luke’s class was my second attempt at accent reduction and this was by far the best and most professional accent training I have received. His class was truly eye opening and made me realize I’d been speaking English with French sounds my whole life. I booked a 10 lesson package and was quickly able to identify my biggest pronunciation mistakes and to start implementing corrections to my daily speech. I appreciated Luke’s structured and didactic approach, methodically going over the most troublesome sounds and letters with the help of recordings, teaching materials and a lesson summary to practise at home. Highly recommended.
Karim, Journalist, France
Having a client-facing job I felt softening my accent would improve the quality of day-to-day interaction and increase my confidence during pitches and presentations. I’ve recently completed a 10-lesson course and I can honestly say I couldn’t have wished for a better coach. Luke’s methodical approach helped me realise the importance of training my speech muscles and the necessity of regular practice. As the course progressed, I began to receive comments from my English friends and colleagues, who started noticing changes in my accent. I am very pleased with the progress I’ve made. What is more, the work doesn’t have to stop after the course is finished: Luke provides an excellent base, and his bespoke approach along with materials that are tailored to your case means you are well equipped to continue improving on your own after the course has finished. I would not hesitate to recommend Luke’s services to anyone who wants to work on reducing their accent.
I had 15 lessons with Luke within a few months. He is an experienced, dedicated and professional teacher with a wide knowledge not only about phonetics but about the particular difficulties of different native accents. His methodology is perfect to learn the English sounds and identify weaknesses. I am glad I took these lessons as I really think it helped me to talk better and to improve my communication skills. I would absolutely recommend his lessons.”
I had five lessons with Luke and I am really glad I did. He was very professional, knows a lot about language (and my mother tongue) and works in a very structured way. Overall, it was overall a great thing to do.
Stefanie, Switzerland, Lawyer
I have done elocution classes before, but Luke’s lessons are the best I have been part of. The classes are very efficient, there is no time wasted. Luke is able to identify key improvement areas quickly and get you on the right improvement track. He has a talent for teaching – lessons are well structured, Luke conveys concepts in a very clear way and it is fun as well. I enjoyed our classes and improved my accent. Definitely time well spent. Highly recommend Luke’s lessons to anyone willing to improve accent.
Konstantin, Investment Professional, Russia
Thanks for your time during these past weeks! The experience of having a dedicated teacher to improve my English accent has been fantastic and really helpful. I liked the way you started by improving the strongest aspects of my accent first and worked through them during our five sessions. The materials and exercises you provide are a great complement for the task. To sum up, I recommend your classes to all those who want to live in the UK with English as their second language.
A, Project Manager, Venezuela
I’ve been working with Luke over several months and noted very significant improvements with my English pronunciation. Through his fun and interactive method, Luke made me aware of a number of subtleties in the English accent which I could only guess, but not replicate. He provided me with a framework to think about English sounds, as well as practical guidelines to reproduce them. I now feel more confident speaking in public, knowing that my accent is well understood, and my efforts to sound more English are appreciated by my clients.
P, Partner at Consulting Firm, France
I have received a great gift of 5 lessons with Luke and happily added 5 more by myself. On initial assessment Luke have spotted areas that needs development. In addition, he was very open to incorporate some of my personal ideas on what I wanted to improve. The lessons were not only extremely useful, but also very interesting. Luke is a great professional who is always happy to do a bit more. I have already recommended Luke to some of my friends.
Gleb, Investment Banker, Russia
I just completed the 10 lesson accent course with Luke and I definitely recommend him to anyone who would like to improve their English accent. His tutorials were all tailor-made and based on my mother tongue, which was really useful. He has worked extremely hard to develop his own methodology, audio recordings and worksheets. In addition, he is enthusiastic, patient and punctual. My colleagues have noticed that my pronunciation has improved over the recent months. Please do not hesitate to contact him if you would like to improve your accent.
Monika, Foreign Trade Finance, Estonia
With Luke’s classes I was able to resolve all questions I had about English phonetics and sounds, pronunciations of which I wasn’t sure about. The lesson materials are structured in a way to gradually build-up confidence in every studied aspect. They were very handy in practising on my own or revising if something was forgotten. Luke kindly answered my language related questions over email and reviewed recordings of my choice. The course made me feel in control of my learning and progress! Highly recommended!
Max, Web Developer, Ukraine
I moved to London last year and took a role as a product support lead. As a client-facing job I found having accent training to be very useful for my role. It improved my communication with colleagues and clients globally. The structured approach Luke has done makes adjusting to a British accent a lot easier. I also found it very useful to learn the mouth and tongue movements related to speech and how it affects ones accent. Luke is also able to tailor each session based on areas which I needed improvement on. Additionally he is able to provide advice on how best to work with these areas to improve them in the long run. By incorporating these different aspects and presenting it in a clear and concise manner each lesson stands out and provides enough time to learn without being overloaded. I would definitely recommend Luke to anyone seeking to improve their English accent.
Aris, Product Support Lead, Philippines
I’ve been living and running a business in London for quite a few years now but English is not my first language so a few months ago I’ve decided to take a step to improve my accent as communication with clients is very important part of my business. I looked online and I found Luke’s services. I gave him a call and I booked a lesson to see if it would work for me. It was a pleasure meeting him: I found him very professional and patient. I didn’t think twice to book 10 lessons. Soon after I noticed a big improvement in my accent and after I had my 10 lessons I booked another 5. I’ll keep taking lessons with Luke and I would strongly recommend him to anyone who wants to improve their accent.
Tanya, Owner of a Fashion Studio, Bulgaria
I have completed the 10 lesson accent foundation course, which really exceeded my expectations. In only 3 months’ time I speak noticeably with a lesser accent. My friends compliment me how clear my diction is and that my pronunciation has improved a lot. I no longer receive blank faces where people are not quite sure if they understand me. I was surprised how technical and physical the process of reducing the accent is and it would be quite impossible to be self-taught. Luke’s guidance and course materials are essential and the teaching was of the highest quality. Luke is very knowledgeable and a very skilful teacher.
Comparing English sounds with Japanese ones allowed me to correctly pronounce words easily. As Luke is patient and knowledgeable, he helped me find a way when I was struggling. I really enjoyed each lesson and was motivated to practise more and speak with clearer pronunciation. The more lessons I took, the less I was asked to repeat by my teachers and classmates when I made presentations. Now I am able to pay more attention to how English is spoken and to correct my own mistakes.
Yurie, Masters Student, Japan
Luke’s methodological and thoughtful approach to teaching enabled me to gradually improve my English pronunciation. The lessons are supported with tailor-made exercises, audio recordings and worksheets, which make for effective learning. Luke’s program has given me an new interest in English language which I am keen to explore further.
Luke’s been a pleasure to work with. He’s got a great linguistic knowledge and I thought he was particularly good at identifying areas where I needed improvement as well as giving me tips on how to produce certain sounds in a way that’s “more English”. His feedback has enabled me to start working on developing a more consistent accent. Luke was happy to answer all sorts of questions in terms of pronunciation and I was recommended further reading materials on English phonology topics I was interested in. I’d love to work with him in the future.
Dimitar, Student, Bulgaria
I had ten tutorials with Luke on improving my accent. I thoroughly enjoyed studying with him. Luke is very patient, methodical and genuinely cares about students. His tutorials cover the foundations of speaking contemporary neutral standard English accent with very detailed techniques on how to position the tongue, lips and jaw. The exercises and techniques he taught me are very helpful. Luke also taught me about the rhythm which is another step up to sound natural and elegant. For me, these ten tutorials are very good foundations for further improvement of my accent — I wish I had his tutorials years earlier, and were before I spent thousands of hours practising on my own without knowing the correct method. I highly recommend Luke’s tutorials to anyone who is serious about speaking neutral standard English (or more understandable English in general). With the solid foundations taught by Luke, and daily self-practice, you are able to improve your English accent significantly.
Luke is very professional and he makes sure to make the most out of each lesson. Luke quickly assessed what my own difficulties were and from there, the one-to-one lessons alongside some minutes each day working on my own worked wonders! I noticed the improvement in my pronunciation from lesson 1 and so did those who are in contact with me every day! Also, an unexpected side effect: the lessons helped me greatly with understanding those regional accents in the English language that are more complicated to the ear. Educating yourself to pronounce new sounds is a process, a learning curve, and Luke provided the tools for it to be a success. Thank you Luke.
Ana, Corporate Treasury, Portugal
Having originally a very strong accent, influenced from my mother tongue language, I started the course with some reservations as to how much an effect an elocution course can have. Training with Luke has been an absolute pleasure. By taking time to explain why I have the accent I do, and how I can train certain muscles, he has given me a deep understanding of how accent works and how it can be changed. The lessons were intensive but fun and Luke proved to be a true expert in picking up even the slightest deviation in my speaking. Most importantly he was always supportive and quick to answer any questions I had outside the lesson hours. After only ten one-hour lessons the improvement is remarkable and my accent has changed considerably, exceeding my expectations without any doubt.
Thanks a lot for our lessons – they were great and really useful.
My accent and pronunciation as well as grammar have significantly improved. The result of our lessons is astonishing!
Alexander, CEO of an international company, Russia
I am very content and satisfied with Luke’s teaching. I had a two-week intensive session with him and I have to say that I made quite some progress. Luke was very attentive, reactive and the content of the lessons was tailored to my needs. Last but not least, each lesson was very diversified and complete (muscles warming up, reading and working on stresses and intonation, focussing on a specified sound … homework). In a few words, great lessons with a great teacher.
Fatiha, teacher and part-time lecturer, France
I had a really strong Spanish accent while speaking in English. After several sessions with Luke my pronunciation has softened and improved. I feel much more confident, fluent, and –something that I didn’t expect – am able to understand and follow more complex conversations, and business negotiations. We have rehearsed job interviews, learned how to pronounce specific vocabulary, stress words and how to improve the tone and intonation while giving a presentation. Sessions are fun! Luke is professional, methodical and enthusiastic. After every class I receive a summary of the lesson with key things to remember and practise.
I have been in the UK for a while but still maintained my Russian accent. Luke has been able to identify my issues very precisely and very quickly: e.g. where I should put my tongue when pronouncing ‘L’, which pattern should my intonation follow, how open the jaw should be in ‘eɪ’ sound and so on. I have had 10 lessons with Luke and feel like I have improved a lot. There is still a lot of work to be done and Luke’s study materials and general support make it a lot easier. I would recommend Luke to anyone who looks to improve their accent and general speech.
Peter, Management Consultant, Russia
Luke was absolutely fantastic. I have enjoyed all lessons and I think Luke is an amazing tutor. I would recommend this course to those who want to improve their spoken English. I feel I have improved my pronunciation more than expected. It was one of the best things I have ever done and I cannot thank Luke enough. Enjoy the course!
Luke is not only a master in English accent and pronunciation but also a great teacher. Before my first lesson, Luke did a comprehensive assessment of my accent and subsequently designed a syllabus that would help me the most. In the following lessons, Luke consistently made my learning experience both very rewarding and interesting. I highly recommend Luke to anyone that wants to improve their spoken English.
At my initial assessment, Luke spotted all the areas that I needed to work on. Lessons were fun and flew by. I was provided with valuable feedback on my progress after each lesson and was given a lot of tips and hints on how to practise. I felt that I was speaking more clearly from the very first lesson. Importantly, the course helped me to overcome my fear of speaking in English. Obviously, the more I speak, the more my accent improves. I’d like to thank Luke for the great experience and would definitely recommend Luke to everybody who is looking to improve their accent.
Luke managed to mix necessary theory with exciting and very useful exercises. He was able to approach the subject with typical good teacher kindness and understanding and at the same time he was able to present the highest level of professionalism. He not only helped me to improve my accent but he also gave me loads of hints about pronunciation, which I could implement straight away in my day job. After the first few sessions I could easily recognise when I was speaking incorrectly which let me improve my accent even faster. I can recommend Luke to anybody who is ready to spend an hour a week and few extra minutes daily to improve her or his accent. Thank you Luke!
Luke is an enthusiastic and organised teacher who uses a range of activities to keep the lesson interesting. He takes the time after each lesson to compile and email a set of materials for easy revision during the week, which I found particularly useful. I would recommend him to anyone who is looking to improve their accent.
Excellent practical approach, very professional, and excellently taught. It will be of major benefit to me in my day to day work. I was very impressed with your organisation and ability to pinpoint my weaknesses and address them very specifically and concisely. We covered all my objectives and more. The one-to-one training you offer, is excellent. It is my pleasure to recommend you highly.
Elien, Actress, Belgium
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