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. Let’s talk about four ways you can improve how you use your voice in order to speak more clearly so that you’re more easily understood. … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Improve Your Intonation in Conversations: Short Questions and Responses That Show You’re Listening

Go on… What happened? I know! Seriously?! No way! Want to have better conversations in English? Then show you’re listening and interested by using short expressions and questions that reflect how you feel through your intonation. These expressions and questions are rejoinders or short responses that show you’re actively participating and engaged in the conversation. Without them, the conversation may feel a little one-sided and the other person may feel less motivated to keep talking. … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Reflecting on Racism and Its Effects on English Language Teaching and Learning

Over the past few weeks, there have been massive protests across the United States in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and many, many other Black Americans. Across all 50 states, people of all races, ethnicities, and backgrounds have come together to clearly assert that Black Lives Matter. I too believe that Black Lives Matter and stand with the Black community. For centuries, the Black community has suffered violence and … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Why Can I Understand You But Not Other Native English Speakers?

Why can I understand YOU but not other native English speakers? I feel good about my English when I listen to you because I understand everything you say, even though you speak at a normal speed. However, when I watch movies and TV, I need subtitles to understand what they’re saying. When I listen to podcasts or watch other YouTube channels, I’m not always 100% sure what they’re saying. Why is that? Ahhh, this classic … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Making Small Talk in the Workplace with Colleagues and Coworkers

You probably know by now that making small talk is an essential communication skill. These brief, casual conversations are a great way to get to know new people, but they can be even more important in the workplace. If you’re working in a traditional office where you get to see your coworkers every day, there are so many opportunities for you to interact: walking through the hallway, passing by their offices, stopping by their desks, … Read the article and watch the video lesson