Clarifying What You Mean, Restating Your Ideas, and Explaining Your Thoughts

It happens to all of us. You’re in the middle of a conversation with a friend, colleague, or even a stranger on the street, and you say something that just comes out wrong. Oops! What now? Maybe you used the wrong word or expression. Maybe you lost your train of thought or forgot what you were saying. Maybe you got distracted by something happening around you. Or maybe you just needed a little more time to come up with the words … Read the article and watch the video lesson

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 of these two endings on plural nouns, third person singular verbs, contractions, and possessives: /s/, /z/, and /ɪz/. The -s suffix and ‘s contraction can … 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. The same goes for anything you practice: yoga, meditation, painting, drawing, woodworking, writing, photography, cooking, baking, you name it. The list goes on and on. … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Pretty Good or Really Good? How to Use Intensifiers in American English

I’m pretty sure you’re going to find this video really interesting. We’re going to talk about a fairly challenging subject which many non-native speakers find very confusing. If you’re not really that confident using intensifiers like the ones I just mentioned, this lesson will be pretty helpful! In this article and video, we’re going to discuss intensifiers, which are extremely common in everyday, natural speech. We’ll also talk about how to stress intensifiers and how … 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 and intonation are important, you may feel confused about why they matter, what they communicate, or how to get started changing the way you use … 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 to country. When I moved to Argentina, one of the first things I learned was how to give my phone number so that people would … Read the article and watch the video lesson