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american accent - pronounce the TH sound

American Accent–Pronouncing the Dreaded TH

Have you been struggling with how to pronounce the th sound? Ask any American how to pronounce the /th/ sounds (yes, there are 2 of them) and they’ll tell you to put your tongue between your upper & lower front teeth. Even speech professionals are out there telling you to do this. In the google results of “How to Pronounce the …

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american accent - are you making these 3 common pronunciation mistakes?

American Accent–Are You Making These 3 Common Pronunciation Mistakes?

Some American-English sounds are challenging for speakers who don’t call English their first language. Do you want to know why? Did you ever wonder why it’s so hard to use an American accent when using English as a 2nd or 3rd language? Because each of English’s 26 letters doesn’t represent only 1 sound in Standard American English. Let me explain: …

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Persuasive Speaking: How to Nail it When You Need it Most

Can you speak persuasively when you need it most? So you’re awesome at telling your friends your great idea but when it comes to speaking persuasively to your team & your boss it doesn’t come out quite as mellifluously, does it? Not exactly the oration it sounded like in your head, is it? You’re great at telling your mom or your bestie …

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How to Be a Persuasive Speaker-Are You Failing When You Need it Most?

Did you ever notice it’s easier to talk to your friend at happy-hour after work than it is to talk to someone on a first date? You’ve got all kinds of stories to share with your friend but sitting across the table from your date your mind draws a blank. You know you need to learn how to be a …

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Who Gives a F*** about an Oxford Comma?

Credit to Vampire Weekend for their song with same line. And the same concept. I don’t know precisely what they’re talking about except that people who are more concerned about diction than their relationships may just be doing it wrong. You can improve speech & communication skills. Doing so results in great relationships in addition to coming across as smart. Communicating …

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Body Language: Get a Leg Up in the World

I was inspired to write about improving body language after listening to a podcast where 2 guys warned of their concerns that if you improve your body language you’ll become an “aggressive weirdo corporate creep.”  I suppose that could happen if you work on your body language in a really weird way. Like just being really stiff and putting your fingertips together. …

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Body Language Fixes You Need Right Now

Body Language Fixes You Need Right Now

I was introduced to a podcast called “Stuff You Should Know” on a recent epic road trip with my brother, Peter, & his family. He wanted me to hear an episode on Body Language knowing it was right up my alley. These two guys do a bunch of research on a topic & then discuss it on their podcast. Super …

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