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 […]

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 […]

I understand English, the problem is SPEAKING

The problem is speaking The people who I work with in my accent reduction coaching program understand English. They were schooled in English. They read and write English really well. They tell me every week~ Susan, I understand English, in fact I read and write really well. The problem is speaking. People don’t understand me when I […]