Love your vowels! Balls or bowls?

I thought I would tell you a short story to illustrate how important it is to pronounce your vowels correctly. While I was visiting Taiwan a while ago, I went to an international flower show – as I love flowers.   After walking around the vast, beautiful exhibition areas all morning, I headed to the food stalls for lunch. To my …

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 …

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 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 …