English Learning Mindset and Motivation

Learn to communicate well and connect in conversations in English with these articles and video lessons

Are You Working on Your Accent the Wrong Way? 😳 Here’s What to Do Instead

From time to time, I hear from non-native speakers who are concerned that they’re doing the wrong thing while working towards a more natural accent. As far as I’m concerned, if you, or even better, the people who are listening to you speak, can hear a difference in how you … Read the article and watch the video lesson

The Only Way to Improve How You Sound When Speaking English: Trust the Process and Keep Going

“Improving your speaking is like training for sports.” Last year, one of my clients made this very wise observation. You show up almost every single day; you practice drills; you take small, consistent steps; you push yourself to improve a little each day, and over time you make big progress. … Read the article and watch the video lesson

How to Feel More Confident When Speaking English

 Confidence. We admire it in other people. We want more of it ourselves, myself included. If you’re like most people I know, you want to feel more confident when speaking. You probably have a list of things you’ll do once you improve your speaking habits: Maybe you’ll apply for … Read the article and watch the video lesson

How to Talk About Your English Level and Language Skills in Real Life

Before we get started, I have a couple of questions for you and I want you to think about them as we go through this article and video: How would you describe your current level of English? What are you trying to achieve next? If someone asked you to describe … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Five Reasons Why Native English Speakers Don’t Understand You (or Your Accent)

If you’re like most non-native speakers, you’re probably concerned about whether people understand you when you’re speaking English. In this video, we’re going to talk about five reasons that native English speakers may not understand you. The first one has absolutely nothing to do with you. So let’s get started! … 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 … Read the article and watch the video lesson

17 Ways to Make More Interesting Small Talk for Non-Native English Speakers Smaller

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