English Schwa Words

Eng­lish Schwa Words-Quiz Com­pe­ti­tion

What do I mean by the title  Eng­lish schwa words – quiz? You can win a free 8 page guide with pro­nun­ci­a­tion instruc­tions spe­cif­ic to your lan­guage back­ground. Fol­low­ing on from my last arti­cle, I want­ed to bring you some more prac­tise at lis­ten­ing for the stressed and de stressed vow­els in words. This time though, I’m focus­ing on you hear­ing …

10 over used English words-what to say instead

10 Over Used Eng­lish Words- What To Say Instead

10 Over Used Eng­lish Words- What To Say Instead                                                    Lit­tle- small, insuf­fi­cient, minute, tiny, mea­gre, slight, mini, petite, brief, lim­it­ed    💡 Pret­ty- attrac­tive, beau­ti­ful, cute, ele­gant, good-look­ing, love­ly, pleas­ant, hand­some (for a male) Saw- glimpsed, … 

English Pronunciation fluency -training lesson

IELTS flu­en­cy Train­ing les­son

A major ele­ment for great IELTS results is Eng­lish pro­nun­ci­a­tion flu­en­cy.  You need to be able to hear and use the Eng­lish weak and strong forms in words of more than one syl­la­ble. I have writ­ten about this before, but this time I want to actu­al­ly train you to attune your ear to be able to hear which syllable/s are … 

How To Pro­nounce Eng­lish- Audio Train­ing-A com­mon Mis­take

A com­mon mis­take peo­ple make when they’re learn­ing how to pro­nounce Eng­lish words, is to always pro­nounce words as they are writ­ten. There are lots of lan­guages where how a word is writ­ten is how you you say it. Not so with Eng­lish. About 80% of words in Eng­lish can be pro­nounced more or less as they are writ­ten -though … 

An unfortunate accent reduction story

An Unfor­tu­nate Accent Reduc­tion Sto­ry

A lit­tle while ago I was brain­storm­ing some accent reduc­tion  ideas with the man­ag­er of a large com­pa­ny (Suzie), who had used my Aus­tralian accent course to gain an Aus­tralian accent. She told me about a meet­ing she had been in a few days ear­li­er. She said she was a lit­tle shocked at what hap­pened. She had con­vened a meet­ing …

English pronunciation training. Are you using a key word sentence?

Eng­lish Pro­nun­ci­a­tion Train­ing- Do You Use A Key Word Sen­tence?

Using a key word sen­tence whether you are still work­ing on your Eng­lish pro­nun­ci­a­tion train­ing, or whether you are prac­tis­ing a new  accent in Eng­lish, or whether you are about to do an Eng­lish speak­ing test for Exam­ple like an IELTS test, real­ly helps. I was lis­ten­ing to an actress talk­ing on the radio the oth­er day. The actress was say­ing …

accent reduction puzzle. When a vowel letter is said as a consonant

Have a look at this accent reduc­tion puz­zle. Words spelt with a vow­el but said as a con­so­nant.

In this accent reduc­tion puz­zle, as usu­al, there are excep­tions and unusu­al spellings and pro­nun­ci­a­tion in Eng­lish. Let’s have a look at the accent reduc­tion puz­zle of words spelt with a vow­el that is pro­nounced as a con­so­nant. Because of this, some accent reduc­tion stu­dents some­times miss pro­nounce these words. The first accent reduc­tion puz­zle  is the ‘u’ in ‘qu’ The … 

English Accent Training part 1. Stress and intonation

Eng­lish Accent Train­ing Part1. How To Use Our Course for Eng­lish Stress & Into­na­tion Train­ing

Sam was a high­ly suc­cess­ful pro­fes­sion­al who had mas­tered his Eng­lish accent train­ing to pro­nounce all the Eng­lish sounds cor­rect­ly, by using our Speak More Clear­ly accent train­ing course. All his sounds were even still clear when he spoke in sen­tences and chat­ted on the phone to clients. But, every now and then he would get puz­zled looks from col­leagues and … 

Speak Eng­lish Like A Native – VIDEO

Speak Eng­lish Like A Native – VIDEO Hi, Esther here from Speak More Clear­ly – in this video you will learn great tips on how to speak Eng­lish like a native! A super use­ful tip to speak Eng­lish like a native speak­er is to use con­trac­tions when you speak. Oth­er­wise, your speech sounds very for­mal, and not nat­ur­al like a native … 

Understand English slang words and ohrases

Have a Laugh – Eng­lish Slang Words

As it’s com­ing up to the end of the year I thought  a bit of a laugh would be good. Below are pas­sages using Aus­tralian, Amer­i­can and British Eng­lish slang words. Even if you don’t use  slang in your speech, you still need to under­stand what speak­ers are say­ing when they use Eng­lish slang words and phras­es. Mind you, I think …