Idioms can be challenging to master for second language users. My clients working on accent modification or accent reduction are always interested in learning how to use idioms more effectively. Idioms can be mastered! Idioms work as shortcut to communicating a specific thought and they add interest to your communication. Try these snow-related idioms that…

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Many of my clients working on business communication say they talk in circles before getting to their point. Some of my accent modification or accent reduction clients state they don’t have enough words to get to the point. The image that comes to my mind is snow rolling down a mountain and burying a person.…

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Improving any skill takes the same three steps.    Step 1-Clearly determine what you want to improve and commit to the process of improvement.  Step 2:  Enhance your current skills.  Step 3:  Add new skills. The essential ingredient to improvement is having a coach or a partner to keep you focused and on track. December 1, 2020,…

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Directors and Managers, are you frustrated that some team members do not speak up in meetings? Often, introverts or those who speak with a foreign accent are hesitant to speak up in meetings. They have ideas and hold back because they lack confidence and are worried others may not understand them. Some high achievers may…

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Did you know our attention span is now equal to or less than a goldfish!? That means our attention span is about 9 seconds. For speakers, it means we need to be engaging to keep our audience attending. Check out this video for some helpful tips to be more interesting!

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Listen and find out. Syllables are omitted in these words. As a non-native English speaker, I am sure you have practiced hard articulating every syllable in a word. But, there are actually many words in which a middle syllable is omitted. There are over 25 commonly used words that are pronounced in this way. Are…

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Idioms are a great way to add interest to your communication. They often serve as a “short cut” to communicating an idea. There are many idioms in English that relate to seasons. Here are four, fall season idioms to add to your speech. The best way to add them to your speech is to make…

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Advice is a noun and advise is a verb. The difference is seen and heard in the final consonants in the words. The final sound in the advice is pronounced as the voiceless S. While the final sound in advise is pronounced as the voiced Z sound. There are additional words that follow this pattern

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Speed is a measure of success in sports. Here my daughter speeds to the finish. She is a 12 time All-American Collegiate swimmer. Understanding is the measure of success when speaking. Professional speakers, Bruce Turkel and Jay Baer both advise speakers to pause and slow down! Pauses draw attention to important pieces of information. Pauses…

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Correct syllable stress is important for quick understanding. There are at least 100-word pairs of two-syllable words that are spelled exactly the same are both nouns and verbs. The difference is shown by syllable stress-noun-first syllable stressed, verb-second syllable stressed. These syllable stress changes often result in vowel sounds changing to schwa in the unstressed…

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