How do I know if I need English Pronunciation Lessons?

Pronunciation lessons promote clearer English speech

How do I know if I need lessons? Your listeners look confused, and often ask you to repeat. You make errors that offend others because they misunderstand your meaning (such as “dog” for “Doug”). You say single words clearly, but pronouncing sentences is not understandable. You miss career advancement because of your foreign accent. You ...

Free ESL Classes in San Jose CA

ESL Classes 2017-18

Free ESL classes in San Jose, CA, are held every Monday, September 11, 2017 - May 14, 2018.  Please join us. Classes are free.  Some teachers will use a textbook, about $30, and there is a registration fee of $10/year. Did you know we have 6 levels of classes, beginners to advanced, including a special class on English ...

How Linking Improves English Sentences

Linking Consonants & Vowels

For many Asian speakers, I often hear they were taught to speak Engliah, by SPEAKING EACH WORD SEPARATELY. However, English speakers are listening for words that LINK TOGETHER in a sentence. The easiest way to start linking is finding words that have an ending consonant next to a beginning vowel. Examples: A lot of people were there. > A LOTOV people ...

Pronouncing “Jesus”

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My Korean student came to Bible study today. And I noticed the way she said "Jesus" was hard to understand. Now this is not the "Jesus" that my Hispanic friends say -"Hay-soos".  That is very easy to understand. This Korean "Jesus" sounded like "Jeezhus". I noticed that instead of using a Z sound there in ...

Close & Clothes (Misunderstood Words)

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My ESL and pronunciation students say these words are often confused - "close" and "clothes". Below are some helpful hints for pronouncing close - near close - shut clothes - apparel 1.      close kl oh s near My house is close to school. Almost always “close to”   2.      close kl oh z to shut, or to end He will close the door. The service will close with a hymn.   3.      cloze kl ...

Jaw Stability/Jaw Grading in Tongue Thrust

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If you have a student or client with tongue thrust (as known as oral myofunctional disorder)  you may need some information about the jaw. Learn more about the jaw here and see my resources for therapy ideas on Teachers Pay Teachers.com. The vowels are often affected by the position of the jaw. If you are teaching English pronunciation to a foreign-born ...

10 Ways to Improve your English

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10 Ways to Improve Your English Speaking 1.Join an ESL class for regular practice in English. 2.Practice with a native English speaker every day for a few minutes. Tell your American friend, neighbor or workmate you are trying to improve your English, and ask them to chat with you each day. 3.Learn English sounds and pronunciation rules. Most helpful ...