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Tips for Clear Confident Pronunciation: Plural Endings

The key to mastering clear, articulate speech often lies in the details. One pronunciation detail that is often tricky is how to pronounce the plural “s” ending. This is because it can be pronounced three different ways. While these differences may be difficult to master, there are rules that can help you learn to use […]

When Does an Accent Interfere with Success?

As a corporate speech-language pathologist, one of the most common reasons people seek my services is to reduce their accent. Often, clients will call for information and ask, “Can you get rid of my accent?” As an accent reduction specialist, I don’t try to “get rid” of a person’s accent. An accent in and of […]

Cross Cultural Communication: Do You Make These Mistakes?

Last week, we talked about how many idioms English speakers use in day-to-day conversation, and how learning some basic idioms can help you better understand conversations in the workplace and can make your speech sound more fluent and native-like. Today, we’re going to talk about the other side of the coin: as a native speaker, […]

Has Your Progress Stalled? 4 Reasons Your English May Not Be Improving!

Have you been practicing speaking English for a while and feel like you are not getting any better? Or maybe you felt like you saw rapid improvement when you first started learning English, and now your progress seems to have plateaued? If so, you’re not alone. Stalled progress is a very common problem when learning […]

Multicultural Communication: Communicating with Non-Native English Speakers

As globalization continues to grow at a breakneck pace, the workplace has become an increasingly multicultural environment. Whether clients, colleagues, or employees at offices overseas, most professionals will need to communicate with someone who is a non-native speaker of English. When communicating with a person who speaks English as a second language, many people try […]