Improve Your Accent: Pronunciation, Stress, and Intonation

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

How to Pronounce -S and -ES Endings in English (Plurals, Third Person Singular Verbs, Contractions)

Let’s talk about this little letter here: s. When you see it, you should pronounce it like “s,” right? If only English were that simple! In this article and video, we’re going to talk about how to pronounce words ending in -s and -es. There are actually three possible pronunciations … 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

Five Intonation Myths: The Difference Between Stress and Intonation and Why Intonation Matters

You’ve probably noticed that I love talking about stress and intonation. In my opinion, speaking with clear stress and expressive intonation will help native speakers understand you better. You’ll communicate what you really mean, sound more natural, and feel more confident as a result. Even if you recognize that stress … Read the article and watch the video lesson

How to Say American Phone Numbers with the Right Stress and Intonation

Have you ever had to repeat yourself several times when giving your phone number in English? After all, accuracy matters! You want to make sure the other person gets the right number so they can actually reach you. How we say phone numbers varies from culture to culture and country … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Pronounce the -ed Ending on Past Tense Verbs Like a Native English Speaker

Let’s go back to basics and talk about how to fix a common pronunciation mistake so that people understand you better. Learn how to pronounce the -ed ending on past tense verbs, past participles, and participial adjectives that you use all the time. The good news is that unlike most … Read the article and watch the video lesson

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

Intonation Challenge - Learn to Change Your Tone to Express Your Meaning

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With five short video lessons, you will learn how to control your pitch, change your tone of voice, and express your meaning clearly through intonation.