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The 2nd edition of “Mastering the American Accent” is here

The second edition of "Mastering the American Accent" just became available for sale. You can buy it on Amazon or wherever books are sold.   It has a lot more practice exercises for syllable stress and word stress and sentence rhythm. These are very important skills to learn if you want to speak with a [...]

By | 2017-02-16T00:33:34+00:00 September 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Accent reduction – difficult American vowel sounds

One of the most difficult things about learning to speak with an American accent is knowing how to correctly pronounce different vowel sounds that may sound similar to you. Here are some very common mistakes that my accent reduction students make: Do you know the difference between? : feet and fit law and low full [...]

By | 2016-09-10T22:30:33+00:00 December 3rd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

English Vowels – Pronunciation Test

  Check your knowledge of American English vowel sounds by taking this test Which word is pronounced with a different vowel sound? (doesn’t rhyme with the other words?)  This test is not as easy as it seems.  If you get 12 or more right, your pronunciation of American vowels is very good.  If not, you [...]

By | 2017-01-24T23:22:15+00:00 January 5th, 2015|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Practicing the American Accent with film and TV scenes

A great technique for improving your accent is reading short scenes from your favorite film or TV show.  You can often find the script on line. Then watch the scene and try to imitate the actors'  way of speaking.  Practice a short, three or four minute scene over and over again.  You can even try to memorize it.  Pay attention [...]

By | 2017-01-24T23:22:15+00:00 September 8th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Speak English with a more powerful voice

A lot of my students struggle with various voice issues. All of these issues can prevent you from speaking English clearly and may make your foreign accent even stronger. For example: speaking too fast speaking with a weak voice breathing incorrectly mumbling (not opening mouth enough) loss of energy at the end of the sentence [...]

By | 2017-01-24T23:22:15+00:00 May 5th, 2014|Uncategorized|1 Comment

New English Pronunciation Videos for Sale

The new videos are called "Say It Correctly - Fixing the Most Common Pronunciation Errors of Words."   They contain lessons on how to fix the biggest mistakes that non-native speakers make. I have collected lists of words that are universally difficult to pronounce for my accent reduction students.  I made lessons that will teach you [...]

By | 2015-11-28T05:23:37+00:00 September 2nd, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

New pronunciation videos coming soon!

For the last few days we have been shooting the new accent reduction videos. They will help non-native speakers of English to fix the common pronunciation rules of English words.  I have been collecting lists of words for the past 20 years of teaching. I hear these mistakes over and over again, even from my [...]

By | 2015-11-28T05:23:38+00:00 July 2nd, 2013|Uncategorized|5 Comments

Why English Is So Hard

This poem demonstrates the challenges of learning English. So many exceptions to the rules. We’ll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes,But the plural of ox should be oxen, not oxes.Then one fowl is a goose, but two are called geese,Yet the plural of moose should never be meese,You may find a lone [...]

By | 2015-11-28T05:23:38+00:00 March 21st, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Words with same pronunciation – “Homophones”

Many of my students are surprised to find out that the following three words are all pronounced the same:they're, there, their  Here are some more homophones which might surprise you.  If you have been pronouncing these words differently, it's an understandable error.  English spelling is crazy!Same pronunciation:berry - bury atom - Adamdo - due (in British English [...]

By | 2015-11-28T05:23:39+00:00 December 13th, 2012|Uncategorized|1 Comment