THOSE LITTLE WORDS!?!!! The – A – An

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 A HABIT!

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

IS YOUR ACCENT HOLDING YOU BACK?

Communication is everything! No matter where we are or what we do, the ability to communicate successfully is KEY! My clients tell me over and over again that their accent has been holding them back in their lives. They feel like they are better, smarter, more capable than their communication in American English indicates. Some of my clients have told me that they have been passed over for promotions and/or do not make the money they would like because of their inability to communicate successfully in American English. Does this sound like YOU? Do you feel like you would be viewed differently by your employer if you and your employer spoke your native language? That you would be farther ahead because the language you spoke wouldn't put a barrier in front of you?

By | 2018-02-05T05:56:51+00:00 June 2nd, 2016|Accent|0 Comments