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.
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.
Place names can be confusing to pronounce in English. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, the names of cities, states, rivers, etc. are often derived from words in other languages, like Native American languages, Spanish or French depending on who lived in these areas before they became part of the United States. So their spelling and pronunciation can seem unpredictable, even to native speakers.
Let me give you some examples. I grew up in Southern California, where lots of place names are Spanish. This is common in California and the Southwestern part of the United States, such as in Nevada, Arizona, Texas, etc. You have probably heard of the following cities: Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego. But, how do you pronounce the smaller cities you haven’t heard like “La Jolla” and “Mission Viejo”? Here’s a hint for you: in Spanish, J is pronounced like an English H and LL is pronounced like Y, so Viejo is Vee A ho, and Jolla is Ho ya. Locals all know the pronunciation and never even think about it, since they hear these words all the time, but newcomers are bewildered.
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.