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Vowel Sound Variety is a Key Feature of North American Speech

March 19th, 2018 | Comprehension

Vowel Sounds                           Call 781.385.0231 American English pronunciation relies heavily on vowels and vowel combinations. There are short vowels and long vowels and several varieties of each used in daily speech. Vowels are continuously shortened and lengthened depending on their location within a […]

Linking Leaves Little Doubt What You Are Saying

February 27th, 2018 | Comprehension

 Learn Linking             Call 781.385.0231  What is Linking in Speech? Linking is saying two words without a pause in between.  The sound of a word pronounced in isolation is different than the sound of a word within a phrase or sentence.

Collocations Convey Competency and Fluency in a Language

January 12th, 2018 | Comprehension
Collocations in talk bubbles.

English language learners are often challenged by collocations and tend to avoid using them. Using collocations is a key indicator of competency and fluency in a language. Speaking without collocations is like talking without idioms or phrasal verbs. The message may be conveyed, but your word choice will sound awkward or unnatural.

When Word Stress Prevents Others from Understanding You

November 28th, 2017 | Comprehension
woman holding mobile phone to her ear looking puzzled.

ESL speakers who stress the wrong syllable in a word are perceived as more accented.

Can You Deliver a Speech with Great Pronunciation?

November 24th, 2017 | Comprehension
business professional speaking to an audience with a microphone

Your English pronunciation should convey a message that is easy to understand. If you are addressing native listeners, and notice looks of confusion on their faces, you may need to improve certain aspects of your spoken English. But which aspects of your speech need work?  The Features most likely to confuse native listeners are segmental errors. Call […]

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