adventures in english
What do you have in common with Cristiano Ronaldo & LeBron James?
Like them, you were born to be great, but you need guidance and support to reach your full potential. None of the world’s most successful people could have achieved so much without the assistance of a great coach. Do you have that in your life? Coaches exist for many different things. There are sports coaches, business coaches and life coaches. But what about an English Language Coach? That’s who I am. I help people overcome English language challenges, so they can be their very best and achieve all their goals and dreams.
Are you frustrated because you’ve been trying to improve your English for a long time and don’t see results? Maybe you’re just not focusing on the correct things. Maybe you don’t know how or what needs to change. Maybe it’s time to consult an English Language Coach. With a few coaching sessions, you can make a lot more progress than trying to do it alone. The coach can pinpoint exactly what you need to work on to make the largest gain in the shortest time. The coach also knows which resources are best for your needs and can help you determine the most efficient and effective ways to practice to make the progress you have been seeking.
Is Coaching Expensive?
You may think coaching is expensive, but when you consider the amount of time and effort you save and the speed you progress with a coach, it really ends up saving you a lot of time and you’ll regret not hiring one sooner. The sooner you get to where you want to be with your English, the sooner opportunities will open up for you. And as we say, time is money.
Imagine this: you have 3 hours per week to improve your English. If you do it yourself, you probably spend the 3 hours doing things that do not necessarily help you reach your goals. With a coach, you know exactly what to work on to make progress fast. The coach helps you clarify that and gives you a plan to follow, and you spend those 3 hours productively, advancing toward your goals.
If you wanted to improve your tennis game or swim in a triathlon, you’d hire a coach, right? If you wanted to learn to play the piano or guitar, you’d hire a private teacher. The coach sees what you can’t see. The coach is an expert in their field. He/she helps people improve and reach their goals every day. You could never become a world-class athlete without a great coach to support and guide you. The super-elites of the world have all had that kind of support – a coach, teacher or a partner that puts them on track to greatness. If you want to achieve greatness, you need to invest in yourself. Your career is worth it. You are worth it. It’s time to invest in you. Don’t let your dreams pass you by.
I feel so strongly about this that I’m offering your first 30 minute session with me for only $10, so you can try it out and see how English coaching can help you, before committing to more sessions.
Be Just Like Harry Potter: Free Grammar Correction Wand Below
Usually I talk about ways to improve your English pronunciation, but today I want to address a writing issue and a quick way to solve it. Many non-native English speakers working in the U.S. have told me that they are often afraid to send emails. They know that their writing is not perfect, but as hard as they try, they are unable to see their own grammar mistakes. They send their message, only to hear negative comments from their supervisor and coworkers about their English. How frustrating and embarrassing!
In order to be functional in any language, it is important to be able to correctly use the most common words in that language. Knowing these words in English will allow you to understand and speak Standard American English well. In addition to knowing the meaning of each word and its usage in sentences, make sure you take the time to learn the correct pronunciation of each word, including word stress. And note that words often have multiple meanings. Make sure you’re familiar with the different definitions of each word.
If English is not your native language, you may be pronouncing some of our really common words incorrectly. If you want to speak English so that everyone understands what you say the first time, it’s important to pronounce these super common words correctly. In this article and the accompanying videos, I will be giving you the American English pronunciation for these words. Note that in several of them, you’ll find the British pronunciation to be different. I have chosen the following words based on my experience working with non-native English speakers over the years.
Part of being a truly proficient user of a language is having a wide ranging vocabulary. English in particular has a very large lexicon compared to many languages. There is very often more than one word or way to express the same idea in English. English also has many words that are similar, but express subtle differences. Learning to vary your word usage instead of repeating the same simple words again and again will enrich your language, making you sound more sophisticated and more educated. It will also give your English a more native feel.
One of the main causes of a foreign accent when learning another language is interference from our native language. As babies and young children, our brains learn which sounds are and are not important. The young child’s brain quickly learns to dismiss the sounds not included in our mother tongue, and at some point we are no longer able to distinguish them. We do not even notice them, and may have difficulty hearing them, even when they are pointed out to us.
It is not necessarily bad to have an accent, and for some people I would not recommend spending time trying to change your speech. If people have trouble understanding you and your oral English is interfering with your life (in work, school, your business or your personal life), then your will likely benefit from improving your speech. The opportunities available to you and your quality of life will improve as a result.
Accent Coach Nicole helps non-native English speakers speak more clearly & understandably, so they can reach their full potential & achieve all their goals & dreams.