“Fresh and fabulous English coaching”
“She has taught the Dutch pop scene proper English”, according to the Volkskrant. “Buffi, the grammar fairy, makes sure that your text is right”, as said by the NRC Handelsblad. Buffi Duberman, (47) is the “Personal English Coach” for established artists such as Wouter Hamel, Racoon, Jacqueline Govaert, Tim Knol, and Within Temptation. She also includes top film actors, politicians, and CEOs in her client portfolio, as well as being an official TEDx speaker coach. Buffi: “My mission is to make sure that no one ever says ‘I feel myself at home’ again.”
Buffi is a native New Yorker who moved to Den Bosch, the Netherlands, for love in 1991. Those who meet her for the first time are occasionally overwhelmed by her untiringly positive attitude and her unequalled energy. Soon one discovers, however, that this is all 100% genuine and straight from the heart. Buffi has spent the past 25 years putting her heart and soul into improving and changing how people learn English in the Netherlands. She is now Holland’s most famous English coach, which is a title for something that no one had ever heard of – until she created it.
Buffi loves working with her private clients, but she is also dedicated to innovation in education. That’s why you can find her in several classrooms each week – whether it’s at the Rockacademie in Tilburg, the Design Academie in Eindhoven, or Albeda College in Rotterdam. She also gives masterclasses throughout the Netherlands as well as guest lectures at the Universities in Hasselt and Berlin.
But wait…there’s more!
Buffi has appeared on the small screen as the coach and consultant for Idols, X-Factor, Starmaker, So You Wanna Be A Pop Star, and Golden Oldies. Wouter Hamel on Buffi: “I met her in 2005 and since then she’s helped me in so many ways. She has such a sweet personality and has helped me express myself better. It’s a joy to work with her.”
Buffi’s affinity with music and her obsession with grammar (She actually calls herself a Graminal) led to her write her first book “Rock Your English!” which is all about learning English through song lyrics and pop quizzes. It’s fun(ky) and thousands have been sold in the Netherlands, Belgium and Norway. Buffi: “ I want to show people that language is everywhere and challenge them to learn English in new and exciting ways. Her first online course, “Rock Your English @ Home!”, launched in 2012, and is a lively supplement to the book, featuring personal interviews with 14 top Dutch artists talking to their English coach about grammar and lyrics.
Save your Ass in English
In late 2013 her second book was born – “30 Ways to Save Your Ass In English” – where she shared the 30 most embarrassing mistakes in English and how not to make them. This book was was 100% crowdfunded.
In 2014, Buffi continued to focus on the corporate market, and developed her second online course, businessenglishcommunication.com, to meet the needs of busy professionals. Here she goes in-depth into meetings, presentations, and networking (among others) via masterclasses and worksheets.
Buffi decided to take things a step further in the spring of 2016. “Now we’re going for 100 Ways!” Her new book, “100 Ways To Save Your Ass In English” was successfully crowdfunded via voordekunst.nl with a whopping 154%! Buffi chose crowdfunding once again as she is able to reach her readers directly. She feels a real as real connection with them via her Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts, interacting and teaching daily on these platforms. Her new book reveals 100 ways to improve your English, with a specific focus on Business English. It’s a fresh approach to professionalizing one’s English in a humorous way.
Buffi is proud to be a refugee ally and has been a volunteer teacher at the emergency tent camp in Rosmalen since it opened. As a result of reaching 154% (ok, actually 154.45 %) of her crowdfunding goal, she will donate 155 books to 155 refugees at her center. “By helping fund my book, you’ve also helped someone else. How cool is that?” she says with a huge smile. “100 Ways To Save Your Ass In English” will be released in May, 2016.
We hope to be hearing from Buffi The Accent Slayer for a long time to come…what will her next adventure be?