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Becoming a Better Communicator-- It's Never Too Late to Learn

07/07/2017 14:20
Frequently the first question people ask when they come to my office is “Can I really change my voice?” or “Is it really possible to change the way I talk?” The answer I typically offer is, “You absolutely can— with good instruction and diligent practice.” You have a unique relationship with the...

Making the "W" Sound

10/26/2016 14:17
Tips for Producing the "w" Sound   Many of my Indian, German, Chinese, Korean, Middle Eastern and other clients find the “w” sound in English to be especially challenging. The advice I give is this: To make the /w/ sound, you’re just rounding your lips and blowing air with sound (voice) out of...

Speak From Your Gut

10/26/2016 13:20
Speak From Your Gut When people say "Speak from the gut" or "Trust your gut,” they are advising their listener to trust their instinct or “inner voice.” There really is a lot of wisdom in those words, in many ways. First, your power source for speech, air, is most effective when you allow it to...

Talk to the animals!

08/09/2016 10:40
One of the greatest boons of having a pet is that it allows one to talk to oneself. Since we're the first hearers of our own voice, the vocal endearments we lavish on our pet grace our own ears too. Having a pet and petting it activates a loving voice that cossets not just the pet but also its...

Nonverbal Accents

07/25/2016 09:55
  While speaking with a client of mine from Thailand recently, I raised my eyebrows at one point because I hadn't heard what she had said. Puzzlingly, she just nodded. Then I said, "I'm sorry, I didn't understand the question." After she repeated the question, she told me that she had thought...

Is Stress Stressing You Out?

04/20/2016 08:41
My non-native English speaking clients are sometimes surprised to discover that what is making them difficult to understand by others has as much to do (or more) with stress factors than it does with the sounds they are using.   Every language has a unique “music.” Think of overhearing a group...

Some Insights I've Gained Through My Accented Clients

02/06/2016 14:41
My main role as a speech trainer is to help people to become clear, comfortable, confident communicators. Sometimes this involves changing the accented sounds or rhythm patterns in their speech that make them difficult to understand, especially to unfamiliar listeners and when they are on the...

The "y" sound in English

01/26/2016 09:24
The "y" sound in spoken English-- WHY is it sometimes difficult to recognize? Well, as is the case with many sounds in English, YOU CAN'T ALWAYS GO BY SPELLING. The IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) symbol for the "y" in "yellow" sound is [j]. You know there's a [j] sound when you...

The /th/ Sound

11/20/2015 11:04
The /th/ sound              I think this will work!          ai θɪŋk ðɪs wɪl wɝk! Many non-native speakers have difficulty with the /th/ sound. It just does not exist in that many other languages. Greek has it;...

Why Should I Change the Way I Speak?

11/02/2015 08:11
“Why should I change the way I speak?” If you are happy with the way you speak, don’t change it. But if you are not, do something about it. When you are dissatisfied with something in your appearance, you can alter it, to the extent that is possible. The same is true for your speech. The way you...
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