How to Stress Phrases with “And” to Create the Natural Rhythm of English [Stress Patterns]

One of the reasons that non-native speakers struggle to sound natural in English is that they have trouble hearing the natural rhythm of the language. A key element of producing the natural rhythm of English is word stress. If you’re new to word stress, I encourage you to sign up for my free email course, Sound More Natural in Just Five Days. I discuss word stress in greater depth in the course. In my series … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Five Reasons You Need to Slow Down to Reduce Your Accent and Speak English More Clearly

I’m about to give you a piece of advice that may seem a little hypocritical, but I’d like for you to hear me out. Today I’m going to encourage you to slow down when speaking English. First, we’ll look at the reasons why it’s so important to speak more slowly if you’re a non-native English speaker (even if you’re fluent!). I’m also going to give you specific examples of how slowing down can help you … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Start a Conversation by Asking “What’s keeping you busy these days?”

Have you ever run into a coworker in the breakroom and felt a little awkward or uncomfortable? Maybe you felt like you should try to engage them in a brief conversation, but you didn’t know what to say. Whether you cross paths in the hallway, are taking a quick break between meetings, or are pouring yourself a cup of coffee or refilling your bottle at the water cooler, you likely have plenty of opportunities to … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Moving Beyond “Where are you from?” to Create a Conversation

Even though I know this question is boring, I’m guilty of asking it over and over again: “Where are you from?” If you have even the slightest accent or even a behavior that suggests that you’re not a local, people are likely to ask you where you’re from. Whether you are living or traveling in another country or region, you’ll probably encounter someone who wants to know a little more about you. Rather than quickly … Read the article and watch the video lesson

How to Create Strong Answers to Interview Questions in American Companies with Jennifer of Interview Genie

How do you feel about job interviews? If you’re like most people, interviews probably make you feel nervous, self-conscious, or apprehensive. The more you want the job, the more pressure you feel to perform. And if you’re a non-native English speaker, you’ll probably start doubting your English ability and whether you can clearly express your professional experience and job skills in an intense interview situation. If the thought of a job interview in English stresses … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Difference Between Long and Short Vowels in English & How to Pronounce “Kim”

Let’s talk about something very important to me: how to pronounce my name, Kim! Many non-native English speakers struggle with the name “Kim” because it contains a short vowel. I recently received this question from Serg from Russia: I’ve listened a lot of teachers in the internet, but I still can not hear any difference between short “i” and long “ee.” They seem to be sounding the same. No difference at all. How short is … Read the article and watch the video lesson

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