What can do in the privacy of my own home to practice speaking better English?
Try the reading, listening, and shadowing in the exercises below.
Accent & Pronunciation Exercises - with video and audio demos:
The AW Sound in American English
B and P
J and Z
V and W
Words ending in TION
L and R (Video by Jennifer)
TH Sound (Video by Jennifer)
New York & Newark
Analyzing Group Discussions
Phrases to use in Group Discussions (How to Hold a Conversation)
Stop Speaking to Start Speaking Better
What is a Group Discussion (GD)?
Exercises to improve overall pronunciation and enunciation:
Importance of deep breathing in pronouncing American English
Why dropping the jaw helps pronounce English more clearly
English Alphabets - Native Speaker Spelling vs. Kerala/Malayalee Spelling
How Songs Help Us Understand When Americans Speak Fast
(Listening comprehension for T+Y=CH/J, as in Did you eat your food? Becomes Dija eecha food?)
American TV Show Clips to Practice Listening Comprehension
Podcasts from American Radio Programs
Stop Speaking to Start Speaking Better!
Weather reports - with more local slangs, idioms and faster speech - can you follow?
Listen and try to repeat these short sentences about India in an American Accent
How to say "How I Met Your Mother" in an American Accent
Tone & Feeling:
Communicating Ownership through Confident Tone
How word stress and other factors impact how messages are understood
Speaking English With Feeling (Don't sound like a robot!)
Common Questions in American English
Video by another trainer on a few common questions and how they may sound when Americans talk fast.
Jennifer Kumar, blog owner, provides communicative and spoken English sessions for Indians to improve communication and cross-cultural understanding with American and Western clients. Contact her for more information.
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