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Don’t Stop Practicing

“Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their champion character.” T Alan Armstrong. The above quote inspires me and reminds me of one the students that I worked with today. [...]

By | 2017-01-24T23:22:15+00:00 April 9th, 2010|Uncategorized|1 Comment

pronuncation of “TH” + “S”

Paolo asked the following question:I bought a copy of your dvds.. you mentioned that sometimes the "th sound" is silent, in words such as: "months" or "clothes" so that months sounds like mons am i right? and clothes should sound like close.. but there are also other words you haven't mentioned... like deaths,, truths, smiths.. [...]

By | 2017-01-24T23:22:15+00:00 January 3rd, 2010|Uncategorized|1 Comment

10 Tips for Public Speaking

Make a New Year's resolution to improve your speaking skills. I recommend that you join Toastmasters. Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations. Find one in your area. The organization has nearly 250,000 members in more than 12,500 clubs in 106 [...]

By | 2017-01-24T23:22:15+00:00 January 3rd, 2010|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Accent Reduction Practice with Audio Books – part 2

A reader of my blog asked the following question:Hi Lisa, My name is George, I just read your blog, could you please recommend me which audio book is better for learning English? Could you please give me some names of these audio books? I appreciate it.George:Regarding your question about which audio books I recommend for [...]

By | 2017-01-24T23:22:15+00:00 December 7th, 2009|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Babies Cry In Their Mother Tongue

An article in today's LA Times states that babies are found to cry in their native tongue. They hear the melody and intonation while they are still in the womb and imitate it once they are born. Read the article: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-sci-baby-cry7-2009nov07,0,3709302.story

By | 2009-11-08T07:24:00+00:00 November 8th, 2009|Uncategorized|1 Comment

The Benefits of Speaking Two Languages from a Young Age

Do you have young children who are learning both English and your native language? Here's a very interesting article which discusses the benefits of speaking two languages.For adults, it also states: "New research even indicates that the onset of Alzheimer's disease in bilinguals is, on average, delayed by four years compared to monolinguals."Read it: http://tinyurl.com/q757lm

By | 2009-11-08T07:16:00+00:00 November 8th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to improve your accent with audio books

Here is a great way to work on improving your American accent:Buy a book on audio. I suggest a non-fiction topic because the speech is generally better suited for this type of practice. Listen to a sentence or a phrase, then pause it and repeat what the speaker said. At the same time, record this [...]

By | 2009-10-26T07:30:00+00:00 October 26th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

S or Z?

Alex asks:Hello Lisa,You say in your book that the final "s" in the words "is" and "has" is pronounced as /z/. Then what if when "it is" and "it has" are contracted to "it's", does the "s" remain /z/ sound? Many thanks,AlexHi Alex,When "it is" is contracted to "it's" the S sounds like /s/, not [...]

By | 2009-10-05T07:13:00+00:00 October 5th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Accent Reduction Practice with Singing

Paolo asks:Is singing songs a good way to improve my pronunciaton or not? I'm just asking because sometimes rappers or singers tend to pronounce words with a different "cadence" just to make them rhyme with one another, what do you think?Yes, singing is a great for improving your accent. Just be careful not to pick [...]

By | 2009-10-05T07:05:00+00:00 October 5th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments