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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 ...
 
Want to master your English pronunciation? Join 3,000-lesson vocal coach Matt Pocock (MA in Voice) on a pronunciation challenge: can you pronounce the 1,000 most common words in the English language? Every language is made up of sounds, and Matt takes you through every single sound in the British Accent, using the phrases you'll use every day.
 
You know how they always say 'live and learn' after a deeply personal and often surprisingly unpleasant experience? Well I aim to turn that idiom on its head, with more positive reinforcement through this Podcast. If 2020 has taught us anything, it is to dig much deeper and take those life lessons forward to make the most of the tools, time and talent that we have. The folks I feature on my episodes have all taken that leap of faith to bring you the means to live a better life.Hi, I am Shivr ...
 
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You want to improve your communication with others, manage your time wisely and easily, and increase your patience. In this episode I take you through a 20-minute guided meditation to become very relaxed so that you can focus on exactly what you desire to achieve. Remember to listen to this episode in its entirety and let me know how it impacts you…
 
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, Lucrécia will tell you how to let go of the impostor syndrome and har…
 
On the 12th episode of the Teacher Interview, we talk to Coach Shane from the Let’s Master English Podcast and Daily Easy English Expression Podcast! Coach Shane is one of the “old school” online English instructors. He has been online coaching students in English for several years with several successful YouTube channels and podcasts. In this inte…
 
Download the PDF with the script here https://hadarshemesh.com/freebie-ferrera Being good at telling a story is a skill. And that skill can be learned. In this episode, we’ll watch America Ferrera as she masterfully builds her speech, and learn how emphasizing operative words is key to a good speech. We’ll also pay attention to the way she uses her…
 
Is stress a good thing or dreadful thing? It is a question of whether you have more pressure than resources to deal with it. In this episode, I will give you a simple mindfulness exercise to relieve stress – with SBNRR or Stop, Breathe, Notice, Reflect, Respond. I want you to integrate this practice with your everyday routine. Pick an activity toda…
 
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…
 
On the 15th episode of Speaking Skills, we learn how to master this skill: Asking for Opinions We’ve already talked about GIVING opinions. But what if you’d like to ask someone for their opinion? How can we do that simply and naturally? Also, is it any different if you’re speaking to someone one on one or in a group? In this episode of Speaking Ski…
 
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…
 
How many times have you walked into a room with a beaming smile and gotten exactly what you wanted from everyone? A true smile is one of the most reliable forms of communication, and the effect it has on others is powerful. In this episode, we examine the benefits of smiling and we do a quick mindfulness practice of smiling even if you are having 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, 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 …
 
On the 12th episode of Current Events, Al covers an important political and cultural issue regarding COVID-19. Over the last few years, the American political landscape has been changing quite rapidly. But, it’s not just about politics. Cultural issues play an important part in how the direction of a country goes. In this case, we are talking about…
 
Do you get really frightened or nervous at the prospect of speaking before a crowd? Don’t worry you’re not alone. I’m here to give you 3 simple tips to overcome your fear. Followed by a quick 5 minute meditation practice to Regain Calm, Clarity and Confidence. I recommend listening to this episode just before your next public speaking or public eng…
 
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…
 
Real life involves speaking and communicating every day. Today I want to talk you through a brief meditation practice to just train yourself to make mindful communication a habit. The goal here is to get you to speak mindfully. Taking note of the way you speak and how it impacts others. This means removing unnecessary gossip, unkind and divisive wo…
 
On the 9th episode of Real Chat, Al has a chat with his new friend Doe from the U.K.! She is perhaps the world’s number one Queen fan as well as a huge fan of the Beatles and many other bands. As you listen, keep these 3 points in mind: 1. Try to understand (comprehend) the main ideas of the discussion. 2. Learn and note down new vocabulary words 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 …
 
On the 35th episode of the Pronunciation Point, we look at the following topic: WHERE vs. WERE vs. WE’RE Today we take a look at three different but very similar sounds. Al explains the differences and gives a few example sentences in Pronunciation Point 35! Download Video (98MB) ***Right Click->Save Link As Get ALsensei’s 25 HOT IDIOMS for 2021 (F…
 
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…
 
On the 24th episode of Your Question, we handle the following question: Q: Will it help if I practice speaking English in front of a mirror? As I was going through various English related Facebook Groups, I came across a similar question posted on the main page. I hadn’t heard that before and so I thought it would be good to address in this episode…
 
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 …
 
On the 41st episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, we cover this very critical topic: The 3 Most Destructive Things You’re Telling Yourself Out of my 18 years of teaching English and all of the e-mails and messages I’ve received over the years, I’ve heard so many of your challenges and frustrations. Although you may not notice it on a daily basis, the…
 
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…
 
On the 5th episode of Movie Reviews, ALsensei gives his thoughts on the following movie: “Jack Reacher” “Jack Reacher” is a 2012 action thriller starring Tom Cruise. This movie was adapted from a famous series of novels by author Lee Child. So, how does “Jack Reacher” come off on the big screen? Is this movie good for studying English? Al gives his…
 
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…
 
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…
 
On the 11th episode of Current Events, Al explores the world of music and covers several articles about famous musicians. Recently, there has been a lot of news in the music world with one of the big events being the Global Citizen Festival. The event featured several artists performing from around the world in an effort to raise awareness and end …
 
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: …
 
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