English Learning Mindset and Motivation

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

Focus on Interactional Language If You Want Better Conversations in English

Here’s a concern I often hear from non-native English speakers: “Kim, I have no trouble expressing myself in my native language, but when I try to speak in English, I don’t know how to get started. I can’t jump in, I feel tongue tied, and the words don’t come, so … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Listen to More High Quality English to Improve Your Speaking (Input vs. Output)

 Even though I haven’t specifically mentioned it before now, I’ve been consistently challenging you with my articles and video lessons. The language I use when writing is a little more complex than you may find on other sites for non-native English speakers. My sentences are sometimes quite long, because … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Which Matters More? The Difference Between Fluency and Accuracy

Ever since I started to work with advanced and fluent non-native English speakers, I’ve started to notice a surprising trend: many of them don’t actually recognize or acknowledge when they are completely fluent in English! I recently met with a potential client who had managed to almost completely eliminate his … Read the article and watch the video lesson

The Power of Beginner’s Mind: Go Back to Basics to Transform How You Sound When Speaking English

Being a beginner can be intimidating. When I took my very first classes to learn what are now my favorite activities – yoga, salsa dancing, and photography – I made sure to enroll in programs that were very clearly labeled for beginners. In fact, they were for absolute beginners – … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Why You Need to Use Your Words to Sound More Fluent in English

I don’t have kids yet, but when I spend time with my friends who do, I pay close attention to how they are raising their children. After all, parenting is a skill that takes practice, so I figure I better start storing up the information for when I need it. … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Why It’s Important to Fix Common Mistakes to Feel More Confident Speaking English

 Let me be honest with you: over the past few year, I’ve realized how important it is for non-native English speakers to stop focusing on perfection. As a recovering perfectionist myself, I’ve had to learn to ignore and let go of the impossible goal of sounding just like a native … 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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