Kyle K. Hartzell, Ccc-SLP
owner, Speech-Language pathologist
Studying abroad in Sweden, I began to dread the question, "Where are you living?" I would answer two or three times, "Kantorsgatan. Kantorsgatan? Kantorsgatan," watching the listener's nose and eyes wrinkle up like they were struggling to hear me.
"Oh," they'd finally say, nodding and exaggerating the pitch. "KANtorsGAtan."
That moment of final understanding always left me feeling defeated and infuriated.
I realized that by combining my two passions (and degrees), linguistics and speech therapy, I could help others avoid experiencing that same situation. Most of us don't even realize when we're pronouncing something differently than intended. By combining my linguistic knowledge of the sounds in different world languages and evidence-based speech therapy practices, I can help pinpoint what you might need to change and show you exactly how to do it.
I have worked with populations whose primary languages included African English, Arabic, Belarusian, Bhojpuri, Bulgarian, Cantonese, Farsi, French, German, Gujarati, Hakka, Hausa, Hebrew, Hindi, Hokkien, Hu, Indian English, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Luganda, Malayalam, Mandarin, Marathi, Mazani, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Singaporean English, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Taiwanese, Tamil, Telugu, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, and Vietnamese, but I'm always looking to meet someone new!
Don't hesitate to contact me with questions if you think you might be that person.