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How to Pronounce the Months of the Year in American English

As we kick off the New Year it’s a great time to talk about how to pronounce the 12 months.

This lesson is different than any other you may see about pronouncing the months of the year because not only will we talk about the SOUNDS within each word but we’ll also talk about the...

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Christmas Phrases and Vocabulary for better Holiday Conversations

It’s an exciting and special time of year. You’ll often hear the months of November and December referred to as “the holidays” as we bounce from Thanksgiving to Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and on into New Years celebrations.

It’s a busy time of year- often filled...

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Year vs. Ear: American English Pronunciation Tip

"I've been working here for seven ears."

"We moved here three ears ago."

For a lot of my students, making "years" and "ears" sound like 2 different words is seriously tricky.

And we talk about years a lot, right? In sharing big life events, anniversaries, ages and when talking about how fast...

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Descriptive English Words to Sound More Fluent and Engaging

There's a delicate balance between integrating variety into your vocabulary and using words that are "too fancy" and rarely used by native speakers in casual conversation.

In this lesson you’ll learn 20 advanced English words (interesting adjectives that native speakers REALLY use) to sound...

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American Accent Training: The Flap T Sound

It's time to practice one of the most distinctive consonant sounds in American English- The Flap T. 

For those looking to really refine an American accent, The Flap T is a key and challenging sound.

In this lesson you’ll learn exactly what the Flap T sounds like, when to use...

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10 English Idioms with "fall": Practice Linking and Dark L

It’s October and fall is officially here. This is my favorite time of year- I love the colors, the smells, the crispness in the air and all things pumpkin!

So in honor of this fabulous season, this lesson focuses on 10 common idioms and phrasal verbs with the word “fall.” ...

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How to Make the ZH /ʒ/ Sound: 30 Common Words You Need to Know

It's the rarest consonant sound in English- the ZH /ʒ/ as in decision.

Is it worth the effort to perfect?

100% yes and here's why:

Although this sound does not appear in a lot of English words, several of the words it DOES appear in are high-frequency, or in...

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Practice Super Common English Reductions: GONNA and WANNA

Native English speakers often don't say words the way they're written.

A lot of times we combine common word pairs, reducing them to a totally new form that sounds different than what you would expect looking at the written words.

Two of the most common word pair reductions are GONNA and WANNA....

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6 Steps to Master Difficult English Words

We all know English pronunciation can be tricky. There are probably certain words that seem particularly difficult to you.

When trying to perfect and practice these types of words, especially the longer ones, it's important to follow a systematic process.

In this lesson you’ll learn 6...

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S and Z: 35 Common Words Where S Needs to Sound Like Z

The Letter S can be confusing. Sometimes it sounds like /s/, sometimes it sounds like /z/. It’s hard to know when to use which sound and the truth is, sometimes it matters WAY more than others. In this lesson you’ll learn 35 common words where your S definitely needs to sound like a...

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