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Why Listening Can Help You Improve Your American English Pronunciation

If you are an international professional working to improve your English, listening is key. By ‘listening’ I do not mean superficial, lightweight listening, I mean REALLY listening.  Listening is hard work and requires concentration. For the international professional, listening is the key to being able to pronounce sounds the way Americans do.  The rule says:  [...]

By | 2019-01-22T13:07:12-05:00 January 22nd, 2019|Accent|0 Comments

How To Use Articles In English (A – An – The)

Learning how to use articles in English is hard. These little words (a, an, the) 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.) [...]

By | 2019-01-21T14:21:11-05:00 May 10th, 2018|Accent|0 Comments

Best TV Shows To Improve English

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 | 2019-01-21T14:26:08-05:00 February 26th, 2018|Accent|0 Comments

The New Year & Immigrants & Trump….

  A new year 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 and [...]

By | 2019-01-21T13:25:04-05:00 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 | 2019-01-21T13:36:01-05:00 December 22nd, 2016|Accent|0 Comments