The 4 Biggest Accent Reduction Mistakes

The 4 Biggest Accent Reduction Mistakes People Make Recently one of my students asked me this question. “What are the biggest mistakes people make when trying to reduce their accent in English?” I listed about 4 for him. He found that he was doing the right thing sometimes but just not enough, and other things were new to him. Take …

Why you get ‘th’ sound wrong in English

Do you get the ‘th’ sound wrong in English? If you are having trouble pronouncing the ‘th’ sound and using it fluently in your speech, you aren’t the only one! A lot of people have trouble pronouncing this sound because most languages don’t have this sound. So, it means you need to learn a totally new way of placing your tongue in your mouth. Just to …

7 Cool English Idioms to ‘wow your friends with’!

Practise your clear speech with these English idioms It is important to speak English with a good, clear accent so people understand what you are saying and you blend in.  While you are using your new, clear accent in English, you can practice using the following idioms to impress your friends- besides which it’s also fun to use idioms! Let’s …

Speak fluid English. Go with the Flow! Pt 2

Learn How to go with the Flow and Speak Fluid English People often tell me they have been working on their English clarity and have mastered the pronunciation, but are frustrated because they find they still can’t speak fluid English- that is, with smooth, flowing sentences! The stress pattern in a word, phrase or sentence conveys meaning and therefore plays an important part in helping …

Relax for a Perfect English accent

Want a Perfect English Accent? Maybe you’re working too hard!  Here’s how to get a perfect English accent by relaxing… While working with people from all different language backgrounds the overwhelming comment I often get is ” I don’t have to work as hard in my mouth in English !” They mean that the physical feeling of English is much lighter in the mouth (some people …

English Pronunciation for Indian Speakers

English Accent Tips for Indian language background Speakers English pronunciation for Indian speakers: If you are originally from an Indian speaking language and you want to speak clearly in English I’ve created some tips specifically for you! Here are some really important tips to correct your English pronunciation for Indian speakers. 3 main things to start with I was recently …

English accent tip for Russian speakers

One key English Accent tip for Russian Speakers that will make a huge difference! Hi everyone, To use ‘e’ or ‘a’ that is the question! Are you from a Russian speaking background? It is sometimes difficult to hear the difference between the two sounds for Russian background speakers. This English accent tip for Russian speakers will get rid of a …

The r sound in English – what you need to know.

Do you have trouble making the r sound in English? You might be surprised to hear that a lot of people do! In most languages the r sound (or ‘r’ sound) is made without the tongue actually making contact with any particular part of our mouth. This makes it difficult to learn. In English the tongue tip is held up in the middle …

Tips for Spanish speakers – How to pronounce English words with v in them

Hi, everyone. The other day I learned an interesting thing! I knew that Spanish background speakers say /b/ for /v/ in English, but didn’t know that applied to people’s names as well. So if you are called Valentina or Viviana in English, in Spanish the names are Balentina and Bibiana. I thought the names stayed the same in both languages! …