Improve Your Accent: Pronunciation, Stress, and Intonation

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

Sound More American: Three Simple Changes to Improve Your Pronunciation for an American Accent

 Simple changes can often be the most effective. This is a guiding principle in most everything I do, including accent and communication coaching. So often we think that we need to make big, dramatic changes in order to get the results we want. This mindset can keep us from … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Say Contractions Naturally: How to Pronounce Contractions in American English with Stress and Reductions

Because you study contractions early on in your English learning journey, you often learn them as “optional” ways to combine pronouns and helping verbs, or helping verbs and negatives. But they’re not really optional – they’re basically required if you want to sound natural when speaking English. That’s why you … Read the article and watch the video lesson

How to Communicate Clearly in English for Customer Service and Call Center Jobs

 If you’re working as a customer service representative and interacting with a lot of native speakers on the phone or in person, you’re probably really concerned about clear communication in English. I recently received an awesome question from a member of this community who said: “It’s really important for … Read the article and watch the video lesson

How to Handle Comments About Your Accent in English | Why Do We Care About Accents Anyway?

 As a non-native English speaker, you’ve probably been in a conversation with someone who made an observation about your accent, whether positive or negative. Even though accents are a fact of life – we all have them, even in our native language – the topic can make us feel … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Intonation Exercises: Change Your Tone of Voice to Express Emotions in English

 In order to improve your intonation when speaking English, you need to develop sensitivity to the emotions and attitudes that native English speakers express through their tone of voice. A deeper awareness of how we communicate meaning through intonation will help you become more socially and emotionally intelligent in … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Choosing Falling or Rising Intonation: Show You’re Done Talking or Ask a Question

 Are you done talking? Have you finished your thought? Can I answer your question now? If so, please let me know – with your voice. You’re probably really careful with your choice of words, but your intentions might be misunderstood if you use the wrong intonation pattern. Here’s why … Read the article and watch the video lesson

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