Why Can I Understand You But Not Other Native English Speakers?

Why can I understand YOU but not other native English speakers? I feel good about my English when I listen to you because I understand everything you say, even though you speak at a normal speed. However, when I watch movies and TV, I need subtitles to understand what they’re saying. When I listen to podcasts or watch other YouTube channels, I’m not always 100% sure what they’re saying. Why is that? Ahhh, this classic … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Train Your Ear to Hear English Rhythm and Melody

When I start working with my accent reduction clients on stress and intonation, there’s one comment I hear all the time: I never noticed this before. And then this question follows: Why did I never notice this before? Why did no one ever tell me that this was so important? Even for people who have lived in the US or other English speaking countries for many years, the importance of stress and intonation still comes … Read the article and watch the video lesson

How to Understand Fast Native English Speakers During Conversations

 Want to understand fast native English speakers during conversations in English? Do you feel a little stressed out when trying to follow what fast-talking Americans are saying? 😕 If so, you’re not alone. Most non-native speakers tend to stress out before interacting with native English speakers because they’re afraid they’re not going to catch every single word. Don’t worry – I’ve got you covered! In this article and video, I share my tips on how … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Use Your Listening Skills to Reduce Your Accent and Improve Your Pronunciation in English

 Can you use your listening skills in order to reduce your accent and improve your pronunciation? That’s the question we’re going to answer today! In order to improve how you sound in English, you need to increase your sensitivity to the characteristics and details of natural, native speech. After all, if you can’t hear the way a native English speaker uses his or her voice, then you won’t be able to change the way … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Use Your Listening Skills to Improve Your Speaking and Conversation Skills in English

 Today I’m going to answer a question that I get asked all the time: How can I use my listening skills to improve my speaking skills? You’ll learn how to strengthen your listening skills and use them more carefully in order to improve your overall communication strategies, conversation skills, and your speaking ability. But first, I want to give you a little bit of background. You can actually get a lot of information from … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Five Ways to Show Active Listening During Conversations with Americans

 Are you listening? Then you need to show me. Showing active listening is absolutely essential in American culture. Like it or not, when we are speaking a language that isn’t our first, we often have to show other people that we understand them. In my experience learning Spanish, I found that my listening skills have always been stronger than my speaking skills. Even though I’m now fluent in Spanish, I often feel like I … Read the article and watch the video lesson