Word Stress in American English: English Rhythm and Syllable Stress for Clear Pronunciation

 Most non-native speakers think that their accent will improve when they work on their pronunciation. And they’re right. Well, sort of. 🤔 For most people, pronunciation means the articulation of sounds. By articulation of sounds, I mean the way you move your lips, your mouth, your tongue, and your jaw. While these elements are important, they’re not as essential as word stress. Word stress is when we make one syllable of a word longer, louder … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Turn the Question Around By Asking What About You? | Repeat Questions Back with Stress & Intonation

 You may have noticed I’m a big fan of asking better questions in English! After all, the main reason most people want to improve how they sound when speaking English is to connect in conversation with other people. Whether you’re interacting with your friends, colleagues, co-workers, acquaintances, or even strangers on the street, asking better questions will enable you to keep the conversation going. In this article and video, I’m going to explain how … Read the article and watch the video lesson

How to Understand Fast Native English Speakers During Conversations

 Want to understand fast native English speakers during conversations in English? Do you feel a little stressed out when trying to follow what fast-talking Americans are saying? 😕 If so, you’re not alone. Most non-native speakers tend to stress out before interacting with native English speakers because they’re afraid they’re not going to catch every single word. Don’t worry – I’ve got you covered! In this article and video, I share my tips on how … Read the article and watch the video lesson

How to Start Working on Your Intonation [Introduction to Intonation in American English]

 So you’d like to improve your intonation? That’s awesome. Let’s talk about what you need to know in order to start working on your intonation in American English. But first, a quick introduction to intonation: Intonation is how native speakers communicate their meaning through their tone. Understanding intonation is key to interpreting the deeper meaning behind the words that you hear. Native speakers communicate additional meaning through the rise and fall of their pitch, and … Read the article and watch the video lesson

What’s Your Personality When Speaking English? You Can Express Different Parts of Yourself in English!

 Here’s a question for you: What’s your personality when speaking English? You may be thinking, “Well, my personality stays the same when I’m speaking English or my native language.” If so, I invite you to really stop and think about the question. Who are you when you speak English? My experience suggests that you probably express yourself differently between these two languages. The sooner you can embrace this, the more you can enjoy the … Read the article and watch the video lesson

10 Words I Have Trouble Pronouncing as a Native English Speaker

 If you have trouble pronouncing words in English, you’re not alone! I’m a native English speaker and an accent coach and there are still words that are challenging for me to pronounce. Today I’m going to share 10 words that I find difficult to pronounce in English even as a native English speaker. A few of these words are commonly mispronounced by native English speakers. Others are words that I personally find challenging, and … Read the article and watch the video lesson

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