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The InFluency podcast is your go-to resource for learning, speaking and teaching English. Hadar Shemesh is a pronunciation expert and fluency coach with thousands of students around the world, though she herself was an intermediate speaker of English once. In this podcast she will share her best strategies for learning English, speaking English with confidence and mastering the American accent. Discover how becoming fluent has everything to do with acquiring the right mindset, setting goals ...
 
How do you make an emotional connection with your audience? It's done through the power of your natural voice. This is "the Podcaster's Guide to a Visible Voice", a podcast for podcasters who want to reach their full potential. Be more confident to share your authentic voice through bite-sized episodes on voice coaching and podcasting tips. You'll discover what it takes to be a powerful podcaster with your host Mary Chan, as she share techniques, mindset shifts, and go beyond the typical how ...
 
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English words can be really confusing sometimes. In these how-to-pronounce episodes published on Fridays, I’ll help you with the pronunciation of confusing words and common names. This week we’re going to talk about the words ‘want’ vs. ‘won’t’. Here’s a loose transcription of the words as explained in the episode: want: waant [IPA: wɑːnt] or wawnt…
 
How do you feel about grammar? For some of us, grammar can sometimes be pretty overwhelming. It has been for me, but in my years of using and teaching English, I’ve realized something crucial about it. We can’t build grammar just by learning grammar rules. We have to build ‘Grammar muscles’, and in order to do that, we need to have the right strate…
 
My students and community members are truly inspiring. In these What’s Possible episodes, I’ll have a conversation with them about their journey, and in particular what has worked for them and led them to change the circumstances in their lives (for the better!). In this episode, Rosaline will share a bunch of incredible insights about mindset and …
 
Has it ever happened to you that you wanted to say ‘body’ but it came out as ‘buddy’ instead? Or maybe you never noticed that these two words should be pronounced differently because they sound the same to you? If you sometimes confuse vowel pairs in English, this episode is for you! In this episode, I’ll go over some of the key vowel distinctions …
 
A common theme I hear among Podcasters is that we chose podcasting as our medium because we don't have to deal with visuals or video. You can podcast in your pajamas, if you like. We love the virtual space and you don't even have to bother with your hair if you don't want to. That's actually one of my favourite things about it. But more and more, w…
 
English words can be really confusing sometimes. In these how-to-pronounce episodes published on Fridays, I’ll help you with the pronunciation of confusing words and common names. This week we’re going to talk about the word ‘chaos’. Here’s a loose transcription of the words as explained in the episode: chaos: kei-yaas [IPA: keɪɑːs] chaotic: kei-ya…
 
No one likes to get criticized. Especially when the criticism is insensitive, detached, or meant to hurt. When we receive criticism, it’s easy and common to feel bad and even hurt. But in this episode I share with you one strategy that is going to help you manage criticism or comments on your English, don’t let it pull you down, and come out like a…
 
My students and community members are truly inspiring. In these What’s Possible episodes, I’ll have a conversation with them about their journey, and in particular what has worked for them and led them to change the circumstances in their lives (for the better!). In this episode, Soraya will tell you about her journey, and the struggles she had to …
 
Most mics can be plug and play for podcasting, but you do need a user guide before you make that investment and to even know how to use it properly for optimal sound. In this episode, let's dive into some general ideas on mic techniques, which mics I would recommend and why, to ultimately have you sound optimal with the mic you’re using! Resources …
 
TH is such a fun sound to practice because you get results fast – if you practice it correctly! This TH lesson is one of dozens of lessons inside my program New Sound. NEW SOUND is the only program for speakers of English as a second language that focuses on everything you really need to own your voice in English and find the freedom you deserve, b…
 
If English is not your native language, does it mean you have to compromise on the things you want to achieve in your life? Listening to the stories in this episode, you’ll see that the answer is absolutely not. But it wasn’t always like that. For my students who you will meet in this episode, English used to be a huge obstacle that was impossible …
 
When you're podcasting, you're always learning. There's always something new to try or new conversations to be had. This learning is a journey of practice and how we don't have to take things so seriously, especially in podcasting when it's meant to be fun. This fun practice means we get to record many episodes, sometimes week in and week out. When…
 
In this episode we’re going to listen to a Q&A session about mindset from the English Fluency Festival event. You can also download an interactive list of 50 of the most mispronounced words in English and master the pronunciation of those tricky words: https://theaccentsway.com/mispro-signup/ Join our Facebook community to connect with non-native E…
 
Do you spend a lot of time learning and practicing English but don’t understand why you don’t see much progress? If you do, you might be stuck in what I call the Illusion of Learning. In this episode, I’ll help you find out why your English learning is not efficient enough. Listen to the podcast and answer the questions inside to understand how you…
 
Today’s episode is more personal, as I’ll be sharing with you what I’ve been up to in my life and business over the past few months and the lessons I’ve learned! The English Fluency Festival is an event full of: 🎥Live learning with me! 💻Implementation workshops with our professional English coaches 🗣 Conversation groups to practice English and make…
 
Being a confident English speaker is definitely one of our goals when it comes to communicating in English. Confidence is not necessarily something you’re born with, but something you can work on and improve every day. And when you build that confidence, you will see and feel the results. You will find that you put all the second-guessing aside and…
 
Welcome back to the show! I'm so excited to be back after a nice, long summer break. Did you take a break as well on your podcast? I hope so. I hope you had time to reflect and really examine what you've been doing with your own podcast and making some tweaks along the way just like I was mentioning in the previous episode. It's time to continue on…
 
English words can be really confusing sometimes. In these how-to-pronounce episodes published on Fridays, I’ll help you with the pronunciation of confusing words and common names. This week we’re going to talk about pairs such as ‘party’ and ‘potty’, and explain about the A as in father before an R sound. Here’s a loose transcription of the words a…
 
Do you cringe at the sound of your voice? A lot of us do, and when speaking a second language like English, it could be for different reasons. But if you wish to speak English fluently, you have to become comfortable with your voice. In this episode I’ll talk about how your voice works, and why you shouldn’t change it to sound like someone else but…
 
English words can be really confusing sometimes. In these how-to-pronounce episodes published on Fridays, I’ll help you with the pronunciation of confusing words and common names. This week we’re going to talk about the word ‘thanks’. Here’s a loose transcription of the word as explained in the episode: thanks: thanks [IPA: θæŋks] or theinks [IPA: …
 
In this week’s episode, I’ll be teaching you the difference between stressed and unstressed words and sharing clips from Frozen 2 to show you how the character animation helps convey those operative (stressed) words. Stressed words are usually longer, louder, and higher in pitch while unstressed words are softer, lower in pitch, we say them quickly…
 
English words can be really confusing sometimes. In these how-to-pronounce episodes published on Fridays, I’ll help you with the pronunciation of confusing words and common names. This week we’re going to talk about the function words ‘and’, ‘or’, ‘for’ and ‘of’. Here’s a loose transcription of the words as explained in the episode: and: and [IPA: …
 
You wanted it, you got it! In this episode I’ll talk about the schwa vowel sound. Understanding it will help you sound more natural and effortless, and will help you pronounce words clearly. You’ll learn why the schwa is so important, and what makes it hard to understand. But fear not – you’ll find answers in this episode and learn how to identify …
 
English words can be really confusing sometimes. In these how-to-pronounce episodes published on Fridays, I’ll help you with the pronunciation of confusing words and common names. This week we’re going to talk about the word ‘clothes’. Here’s a loose transcription of the words as explained in the episode: clothes: klow-thz [IPA: kloʊðz] or klowz [I…
 
English words can be really confusing sometimes. In these how-to-pronounce episodes published on Fridays, I’ll help you with the pronunciation of confusing words and common names. This week we’re going to talk about the word ‘strategy’. Here’s a loose transcription of the word as explained in the episode: strategy: stra-duh-djee [IPA: strætədʒi] If…
 
Is receiving compliments about your English HARD or EASY for you? Do you feel good and respond with a THANK YOU? Or do you start explaining (or thinking) why you’re not really worthy of those compliments? If that’s the case, today’s episode is really for you. I’ll talk about why taking compliments can be so hard, and why we need to start celebratin…
 
English words can be really confusing sometimes. In these how-to-pronounce episodes published on Fridays, I’ll help you with the pronunciation of confusing words and common names. This week we’re going to talk about the tricky pair -‘thirty’ and ‘thirteen’. Here’s a loose transcription of the words as explained in the episode: thirty: th’r-di [IPA:…
 
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