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

Improve Your American Accent ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Advanced Pronunciation Secrets for a More Natural Accent

So you’ve been working on your accent and trying to sound more American when speaking English! You’ve been fixing your consonants, working on your vowel sounds, and even starting to play around with how you use your voice. But you feel like you might be missing some essential elements of the American accent, some secrets that would help you get even closer towards your goals. You’re right! These four secrets will help you sound more … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Thoughtful Questions to Ask When Checking In With Friends and Coworkers During a Crisis | COVID-19 Small Talk

When your friend, coworker, or acquaintance is going through a difficult time, you probably want to check in to see how theyโ€™re doing. But you may worry that your questions will bring up an uncomfortable or upsetting topic. When youโ€™re not sure what to say, it may feel easier to say nothing at all. However, most people appreciate your efforts to connect when theyโ€™re experiencing a crisis. During challenging moments, we need more reassurance than … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Global English vs. Native English – Does Accent Really Matter?

Have you ever said that you want to sound just like a native English speaker? Do you feel like you have to eliminate all traces of your native language in order to be understood by other people? Or do you wonder if it’s really necessary to sound like a native in order to be taken seriously when speaking English? In this video, we’re going to talk about how English has become a global language of … Read the article and watch the video lesson