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These little words give so many of my clients SO many problems! Why is that?  Let’s look at how several languages handle ‘definite and indefinite articles,’ as they are called. Articles are related to gender.  Interestingly, in Old English (up to 1150 A.D.) English nouns had gender.  They were masculine, feminine, or neuter.  Luckily for [...]

By | 2018-11-28T20:45:03+00:00 May 10th, 2018|Accent|0 Comments

Why TV Watching Is Good For You!

Be a ‘Couch Potato’ (Couch Potato n. One who spends an inordinate amount of time on the couch watching television) Does this sound like unusual advice, given America’s obsession with exercise and health? Well, it is good advice for someone wanting to improve his/her American English pronunciation! Watching television is one of the best ways [...]

By | 2018-12-12T19:31:09+00:00 February 26th, 2018|Accent|0 Comments

The New Year & Immigrants & Trump….

  A new year, 2017, has begun, and with it a new president, supposedly the Leader of the Free World has entered as American's president.  I feel compelled to write about this election and to voice my disagreements with the content and style of President Trump's first few weeks.  I did not vote for him [...]

By | 2018-11-28T20:50:31+00:00 February 4th, 2017|Accent|0 Comments

Another New Year is approaching!

Another new year is approaching! Wow, how time flies! The year 2016 was a difficult year. We saw horrible conflicts continuing in the world, we saw a very contentious election in the U.S. come to a surprising and scary end, we saw many important musicians and others pass away suddenly. And yet, the sun continues [...]

By | 2018-11-28T20:53:08+00:00 December 22nd, 2016|Accent|0 Comments


How we speak is simply a habit. It is an over-learned behavior that is stored as a complete program somewhere in the brain. When you begin to speak, thinking of what you want to say, you do not think about HOW you speak, just WHAT you will say. Why? Because HOW we speak is a [...]

By | 2018-02-05T05:56:50+00:00 September 14th, 2016|Accent|0 Comments