English Learning Mindset and Motivation

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

Reflecting on Racism and Its Effects on English Language Teaching and Learning

Over the past few weeks, there have been massive protests across the United States in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and many, many other Black Americans. Across all 50 states, people of all races, ethnicities, and backgrounds have come together to clearly assert that … Read the article and watch the video lesson

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 … 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 … 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 … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Stop Saying Sorry About My Accent | Stop Apologizing for Your English

Do you find yourself apologizing for your accent or your English before you’ve even started a conversation? As non-native speakers, we may feel the need to acknowledge that we don’t speak with a perfect accent, or that we make mistakes because we’re still learning the language. To be perfectly honest … Read the article and watch the video lesson

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