Word and Sentence Stress in American English

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

Dropped Sounds & Deleted Syllables – Why Entire Syllables Disappear from Words in American English

The words we’re going to talk about today aren’t especially interesting, but they probably sound different than you expect. We’ll focus on several words that you use almost every day, so that you feel more comfortable saying them naturally. Is what we’re discussing today still a mystery? Then grab a … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Advanced Word Stress – Practice Contrast Between Stressed and Unstressed and Reduced Syllables

By now, you know the number one piece of accent advice I wish I could give every non-native speaker: stress your words clearly. Word stress helps you pronounce words accurately, and it helps other people identify and understand the word you’re saying. When we stress a word, we emphasize one … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Communicate Clearly and Confidently in American English – Four Ways to Use Your Voice

One of the biggest concerns I hear from my clients and students is that they want how they sound in English to reflect the quality of their ideas. In other words, they want to communicate clearly and confidently, so that other people can easily understand and follow what they’re saying. … Read the article and watch the video lesson

How to STRESS All 50 US States Like an American ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Word Stress Practice

Quick quiz: How do you say the names of these popular states? Is it CAlifornia, or CaliFORnia? Do you say FloRIda, or FLORida? Should you pronounce it NEW York, or New YORK? If you’re not 100% sure how to say these states, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many of the … Read the article and watch the video lesson

How to Use Pitch in American English | Pitch Stress, Intonation, and Tone of Voice | Pitch vs Volume

Ever asked yourself one of these questions about pitch? I don’t understand how to use pitch. Why can’t I hear pitch in my own voice? What’s the difference between pitch and volume? Are they the same thing? They sound like it. How do you use pitch to communicate meaning in … Read the article and watch the video lesson

How to Use Go +Ing (the Gerund) to Describe Fun Activities

Let’s go back to basics and review a somewhat unusual grammar structure that trips up even fluent non-native speakers. I’m talking about the verb go + ing, also called go + gerund or go + verb + ing. If you’ve been listening to native speakers, you’ve probably heard them say … Read the article and watch the video lesson

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