Kids and Social Skills

kids social skills

I was recently asked by a friend what would help her son develop his social skills.  We talked for a bit and here are the ideas I shared: Vocabulary - To begin a dialogue on social skills your kid needs to know and use words like feeling, thinking, expectation, intention, reaction, meltdown, repair? All these vocabulary words, and ...

Pronunciation Apps & Internet Resources

Pronunciation Apps Listening Resources image

Be sure to use your tablet or computer for additional help with Pronouncing English. The following resources (free or cheap) focus on the North American English pronunciation. MacMillan The Pronunciation App (free) This features words using the sounds of English with IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet).  It has practice and quizzes for reading, writing and listening. K12Phonemes (free) Learn the ...

English Pronunciation Students Speak Out

English Pronunciation ESL class San Jose CA

This year we held a special pronunciation class at our community ESL program.  We did 30 weeks of lessons helping 11 students learn specific ways to improve their American English pronunciation. Here's what the pronunciation students had to say about our program: "I have learned a lot of new techniques about how I pronounce words, the mouth ...

“Long” Vowels and “Long” Stress – What’s the Difference?

Long Vowels Stress English Pronunciation Accent Reduction

Are you confusing "long" vowels and "long" stress? These are not the same!  When you study English intonation and melody, you learn about strong stress and weak stress. In English, the vowels in stressed syllables are longer, louder, and have a higher pitch. (In many language they are only louder).  More about English stress here. Here's the tricky part:  ...

Tongue Twister Fun

Tongue Twisters ESL English Pronunciation

Tongue Twisters are poems that are tricky to pronounce, even for native speakers! Trying to say a tongue twister poem fast often has hilarious results!  But they can be very good practice when you say them slowly.  Here are a few of my favorites: She Sells Seashells, Peter Piper and How Much Wood? She sells seashells by the ...

Linking Help

linking English pronunciation

In our English Pronunciation Class we continue to practice linking when speaking English. Linking is very important and must be learned to improve your compensability and efficiency of spoken English. If you are speaking sentences without linking expected words and sounds together, it is probably very difficult to understand your English. Let's look at linking consonants to vowels. A ...

Shortcut for Pronouncing -ed Endings

Shortcut -ed endings

Pronouncing -ed endings correctly makes a big difference.  When a student can pronounce the -ed endings he will be much easier to understand.  Comprehensible English is the goal of accent modification. There is a common method of teaching -ed endings by using /d/, /t/ and /id/.  This was a little confusing for my lower students, so I ...

Pronunciation & ESL Classes in San Jose CA

ESL classes San Jose CA accent reduction

Our ESL classes are still accepting new students!  Two locations are available in south San Jose, CA, on Mondays and Wednesdays. Printable flyer here - Monday ESL Class Mondays,  9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Westgate, South Hills Campus 6601 Camden Avenue San Jose CA 95120 Our Wednesday location is temporarily moved during our renovation to: Wednesdays, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Almaden Hills UMC 1200 Blossom Hill ...

Reducing “Your” and “Our”

Pronouncing your our Accent Reduction Classes San Jose CA

Have you learned these common reductions of English? "gonna" is a reduction of "going to" "hafta" is a reduction of "have to" "I wanna" is a reduction of "I want to..." "I gotta..." is a reduction of "I've got to..." Some think reduced English forms are lazy or sloppy, BUT THEY ARE NOT.  Reduced forms are EXPECTED in most conversations, ...