Communicate Clearly and Confidently in American English – Four Ways to Use Your Voice

One of the biggest concerns I hear from my clients and students is that they want how they sound in English to reflect the quality of their ideas. In other words, they want to communicate clearly and confidently, so that other people can easily understand and follow what they’re saying. Let’s talk about four ways you can improve how you use your voice in order to speak more clearly so that you’re more easily understood. … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Show You’re Listening with Intonation – Short Questions and Responses For Better Conversations in English

Go on… What happened? I know! Seriously?! No way! Want to have better conversations in English? Then show you’re listening and interested by using short expressions and questions that reflect how you feel through your intonation. These expressions and questions are rejoinders or short responses that show you’re actively participating and engaged in the conversation. Without them, the conversation may feel a little one-sided and the other person may feel less motivated to keep talking. … Read the article and watch the video lesson

How to Say All 50 US States with Clear Word Stress ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Quick quiz: How do you say the names of these popular states? Is it CAlifornia, or CaliFORnia? Do you say FloRIda, or FLORida? Should you pronounce it NEW York, or New YORK? If you’re not 100% sure how to say these states, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many of the non-native speakers I work with have trouble identifying which syllable to stress, or emphasize, when they’re saying the 50 United States. Remember, these are people … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Improve Your American Accent ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Advanced Pronunciation Secrets for a More Natural Accent

So you’ve been working on your accent and trying to sound more American when speaking English! You’ve been fixing your consonants, working on your vowel sounds, and even starting to play around with how you use your voice. But you feel like you might be missing some essential elements of the American accent, some secrets that would help you get even closer towards your goals. You’re right! These four secrets will help you sound more … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Global English vs. Native English – Does Accent Really Matter?

Have you ever said that you want to sound just like a native English speaker? Do you feel like you have to eliminate all traces of your native language in order to be understood by other people? Or do you wonder if it’s really necessary to sound like a native in order to be taken seriously when speaking English? In this video, we’re going to talk about how English has become a global language of … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Learn to Like Your Voice and How You Sound When Speaking English (Or Any Language)

Let’s be honest with each other. Do you like your voice when you speak English? Are you comfortable with how you sound when speaking English? Or do you find it challenging to listen to your accent? Does hearing your voice make you feel insecure or self-conscious because you don’t sound the way you think you should sound? A few years ago I was meeting with a client who told me that she wanted to speak … Read the article and watch the video lesson