Sound More Natural in English

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Conversations with Kim, Episode 2: Tell me about yourself


When I left my job in Chile a couple of years ago, I interviewed several people who were interested in taking over for me. Because I wanted to get to know them and their reasons for applying for this position, I started each interview with the same question: Tell me about yourself. This short phrase …

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Conversations with Kim, Episode 1: What do you do?


You never get a second chance to make a first impression. This common expression reminds us that you want to make sure you present yourself well from the very first time someone interacts with you, whether that’s meeting your girlfriend’s parents for the first time, showing up to a job interview, or randomly chatting with …

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Speak English More Clearly – Stress Short, One-Syllable Words for English Rhythm


If you’re like most English learners, pronouncing long, complicated words probably stresses you out – literally. Many non-native speakers get really concerned about the pronunciation of four-, five-, and six-syllable words. Where does the word stress go? How do I say each syllable correctly? It can get quite challenging to get these words right! But there’s …

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The Power of Pitch: Change Your Tone for Better Stress and Intonation in English


Want to speak clearly and express your emotions and attitude like native English speakers? Then you need to learn to control your voice, change your tone, and use pitch variation for better stress and intonation in American English. In short, you need to embrace the power of pitch. The Role of Pitch in Spoken English Before …

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Learn to Ask Great Questions to Create Conversations in English


What makes a good question great? Earlier this year, I watched a live workshop with Tim Ferriss, an American entrepreneur who is famous for his podcast where he has fantastic, fascinating conversations with his guests. He’s known for being an amazing interviewer, so when the audience had a chance to ask him questions, someone asked …

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Focus on Interactional Language If You Want Better Conversations in English


Here’s a concern I often hear from English learners: “Kim, I have no trouble expressing myself in my native language, but when I try to speak in English, I don’t know how to get started. I can’t jump in, I feel tongue tied, and the words don’t come, so I decide to stay silent. What …

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I Challenge You: Listen to More High Quality English to Improve Your Speaking (Input vs. Output)


Even though I haven’t specifically mentioned it before now, I’ve been consistently challenging you with my articles and video lessons here at English with Kim. The language I use when writing is a little more complex than you may find on other sites for English learners. My sentences are sometimes quite long, because I write the …

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Which Matters More? The Difference Between Fluency and Accuracy


Ever since I started to work with advanced and fluent non-native English speakers, I’ve started to notice a surprising trend: many of them don’t actually recognize or acknowledge when they are completely fluent in English! I recently met with a potential client who had managed to almost completely eliminate his accent in English, and at …

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Why You Should Ask “Could You Please Clarify…?” Instead of “Explain”


Need more information in a professional situation, business meeting, seminar, or conference? Ask for clarification, not an explanation. Imagine yourself in this situation: After listening carefully to your colleague’s presentation in a business meeting, you realize you still need a little more information before giving your feedback. You understand his overall ideas, but would like a …

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Learn to Stress and Shape Your Vowels: Say Create, Idea, and People Correctly


Little changes can make a big difference in how natural you sound when speaking English. In this short-and-sweet video, I tackle three of the most difficult-to-pronounce words in English: idea, people, and create. Even though these are short words, many non-native English speakers have trouble saying them correctly because of two factors: word stress and …

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Welcome! I'm Kim, and I'm an online English teacher, accent coach, and business owner from Boston, MA. I work with non-native English speakers who want to sound more natural in English. I focus on essential conversation skills along with stress, intonation, and connected speech so that you – and your meaning – can be more easily understood when speaking.

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