Not all teachers are the same! Make sure you hire a qualified and skillful teacher who is also trained in accent reduction, American accent training, ESL, or linguistics. The most important thing to keep in mind is that it is better to spend a little more to get the best teacher you can afford, than to waste your time and money on a tutor who is not a certified teacher. If you are looking to learn the American accent, make sure you hire a native English speaker. Note how many years they have been teaching, what their teaching degree is, and if they have completed training from an accredited accent reduction program. A professional teaching license, ESL certification, classroom teaching experience, and accent reduction training are a must.