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More advice for making small talk~Keep an open conversation

As I’ve mentioned in other posts, making small talk can be a challenge for non native speakers. My clients often tell me that they want to “fit in” and they know that making small talk will help them to do that. They’re just not sure how to do this. One tip that I tell my

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Is it Better to Speak with a High Pitch or a Low Pitch?

My accent reduction coaching clients often ask me if it’s better to speak with a high pitch or a low pitch.♬ My answer is this~ ☆ To be a clear, effective and engaging speaker of American English, you need to vary your pitch.☆ You can’t speak using the same pitch all the time.☝ Important words

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University of Iowa Pronunciation App

The University of Iowa Pronunciation site, an excellent site for learning the articulation of American English vowel and consonant sounds, is now available as an Android app. Both the website and the app use interactive models to show you how to say the sounds of American English clearly. No, it’s not free….the cost is $2.99

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Are you over pronouncing American English?

Many of the people who come to me for American accent coaching tend to over pronounce words in phrases and sentences. Over pronouncing words can make your English sound choppy and  difficult to listen to. This may be hard to believe, but it’s absolutely true! You see….in order to speak smooth, natural sounding spoken American

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Focus Words & Pitch are Critical!

One of the MOST USEFUL American English communication tips I give my accent reduction coaching clients is this- When a conversation breaks down ☹…. think about the most important word in your message. This is called the focus word.✔ Repeat that focus word again. But this time, be careful to emphasize the main vowel in

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Do you know the /ɚ/ sound?

Those of you who are serious about refining your American accent need to know when to use the /ɚ/ sound. There’s a good chance that you’re currently over-pronouncing this sound. If you do that, your speech will sound choppy and robotic. In my accent reduction coaching program I call this the unstressed /ɚ/ as in

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Do you use contractions when you speak English?

Many non native speakers don’t use contractions when they speak American English. Instead, they speak word by word, saying phrases such as can not, do not, they will, that is and they are. Instead, you should be saying can’t don’t they’ll that’s they’re I know it’s hard to believe, but when you don’t use contractions,

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What happens to the brain when we hear an accent

This article from the journal, Scientific American, describes some current research on how the human brain reacts when it hears a foreign accent. Research indicates that speaking with an accent that is difficult to understand can reduce your credibility in the eyes and ears of native speakers. ✔ WHY? Because people like to hear language

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How do you pronounce suggestions?

One word that most of my accent reduction coaching clients mispronounce is the word suggestions Let me tell you why this is such a tricky word to pronounce.☝ The first g has a /g/ sound The second g has a /ʤ/ sound The ti also has a /ʤ/ sound The s has a /z/ sound Try

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How do you pronounce necessary?

Every week in my accent reduction coaching program someone asks me how to pronounce these related words necessary necessity necessarily The reason that these words are difficult to pronounce correctly is because the syllable stress is different in each word. In the word necessary the stress is on the first syllable. ne➝cessary In the word

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