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

Learn to Like Your Voice and How You Sound When Speaking English (Or Any Language)

Let’s be honest with each other. Do you like your voice when you speak English? Are you comfortable with how you sound when speaking English? Or do you find it challenging to listen to your accent? Does hearing your voice make you feel insecure or self-conscious because you don’t sound the way you think you should sound? A few years ago I was meeting with a client who told me that she wanted to speak … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Asked to Repeat Yourself? What to Do When You Have to Repeat a Word or Idea in English

I’m sorry, I didn’t catch that. Could you repeat what you said? Would you mind saying that again? As a non-native speaker, you’ll be asked to repeat yourself every once in a while. Maybe you mispronounced a word, used language that didn’t quite work, or the other person simply didn’t hear what you said. When this happens, you might freeze, wondering if it was a word or the whole idea that the other person missed. … Read the article and watch the video lesson

How to Use Pitch in American English | Pitch Stress, Intonation, and Tone of Voice | Pitch vs Volume

Ever asked yourself one of these questions about pitch? I don’t understand how to use pitch. Why can’t I hear pitch in my own voice? What’s the difference between pitch and volume? Are they the same thing? They sound like it. How do you use pitch to communicate meaning in English? What does tone mean in English? Is English a tonal language? What’s the difference between pitch, stress, and intonation? Some people talk about them … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Don’t Speak Fast English – Speak Clear English Instead (Here’s How)

So you want to sound more like a native English speaker. That means you have to speak fast English, right? Absolutely not! One of the biggest issues I have with American accent advice is the emphasis on speaking fast English. If you only spoke faster, you’d sound more natural and more American. 🤔 The problem with this advice is that it emphasizes speed over clarity. You may think you’ll impress people with how quickly the … Read the article and watch the video lesson

American Intonation Practice: Respond Naturally in Conversations in English with Rejoinders

Ever been in a conversation in English where you felt like someone was waiting for you to say something, but you weren’t sure exactly what? They were probably waiting for a quick response to show that you were listening and interested to encourage them to go on. We call these short responses or replies rejoinders, and they’re an essential part of an engaging conversation. Rejoinders are sounds, words, short expressions, or questions that we often … Read the article and watch the video lesson