How to repair breakdowns in communication

Focus words & pitch

How to repair breakdowns in communication One of the most effective techniques you can use to repair breakdowns in communication is this. Highlight the most important word in your message. When a conversation breaks down, identify the most important word in your message. We’ll call this the focus word. Say that word again using pitch emphasis […]

For clear spoken English go beyond bits & bytes

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For clear spoken English go beyond bits & bytes Every week I coach people who want to improve they way they speak American English. Many of them believe that if they could just fix one sound such as:   the /r/ sound the /w/ sound the /θ/ sound their American English would be transformed and everyone […]

Can I Reduce My Accent?

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Can I reduce my accent? You can reduce your accent and speak in a way that sounds clear and confident.

Accent reduction how long does it take?

Accent reduction how long does it take?

Accent reduction how long does it take? How long will it take you to reduce your accent? People ask me this question all the time. In order to answer this question, let’s look at 3 points. 1. Stress, Rhythm & Intonation Research done with educated adult learners in Canada indicates that people who receive instruction in accent related macro topics such as; […]

American English is Weird

American English is Weird

American English is weird When you think about it, American English is a weird language. That’s because: The spelling doesn’t match the pronunciation. The stress patterns aren’t marked. Many words are reduced and linked together. This means that American English correctly is tough if you didn’t grow up with it. How to speak more clearly The first […]

Speak clearly using pitch emphasis

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Speak clearly using pitch emphasis When people contact me about accent reduction coaching, they usually assume that they have problems articulating American English vowel sounds American English consonant sounds And that’s often true. However Most of you non native speakers of American English need something else, if you want to be easily understood. What you […]

Do you pronounce realize correctly?

Do you pronounce realize correctly?

Do you pronounce realize correctly? Most of the people who I work with in my accent reduction coaching program pronounce the word realize incorrectly. How do you pronounce realize? Say it to yourself right now. Here’s the error pattern When non native speakers of American English say this word, they usually stress the last syllable. They […]