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An EASY Way to Make Someone’s Day

To make someone’s day means to provide an experience to a person to uplevel an ordinary or dull day to a very memorable and exciting one!  What is a simple way to make someone’s day? Listen on… (transcript below video)… Saying:  How are you? How are you today? How’s your day going so far? Hope you’re having […]

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American Culture and Language Blogs with High SEO

Back in May, I posted the first blog on highly ranked blogs on culture topics. That blog has been a pretty popular blog, so I thought to create another blog on the same topic. First, I will highlight some blogs that were not highlighted in the previous post, then follow up with how the blogs […]

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Cycling in Moab – ESL Video Vlog/Podcast

Welcome to our ESL Podcast Episode 2 of T-shirt Travel Tales Cycling in Moab Watch or listen to the video. To see bigger photos of the places and scenes seen in the video, scroll below. Below the video, feel free to follow along with the transcript. But, please try to do that only after you listen once. The […]

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Tour of St. George – ESL Podcast

We are all missing “normal life” – which means different things to different people. For many of us it probably doesn’t mean to #stayathome and work from home day in and out….  I thought to start a series talking about things I like to do outside of quarantine….all through the t-shirt collection I have amassed in our travels.  In this first […]

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Pronounce the American R – Tips & Videos

The American R sound is difficult for many second language speakers, especially from India.  Today I met an enthusiastic lady who is saying it absolutely right! Interestingly, as her and I were comparing American English and Malayalam sound patterns, we realized there were some similarities between the Malayalam ഴ sound (zh) and the American R. I attempt […]

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F & V: Perfect English Enunciation

In a previous post we talked about how to pronounce v and w with clarity. To piggy back on those sound pairs, let’s look at v and f.  Are you looking to perfect how you pronounce F and V when spelling and sounding out words in English? In the video below, Jennifer Kumar of Authentic […]

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How to Execute Saying Execute in English and the Letter X

In the list of 60 plus words to pronounce more clearly, I will share how to pronounce “execute” and the get the right articulation for the X sound in English. This letter can be pronounced two different ways depending on the word or the placement of the letter in the word. In this video I […]

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Ways to Say Thank You or Acknowledge Someone

“You can never say thank you enough!”  When anyone asks me what is the #1 tip they can apply today in communicating and relationship building with their US counterpart, this is my answer.  Saying “Thank You” is important in American culture.  Thank yous can be used when someone does something nice for you or simply […]

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Idioms and Synonyms for “Hurry and Finish” With Example Sentences

Working with Americans can be confusing at times due to American’s use of idioms or phrasal verbs. Idioms and phrasal verbs are strings of simple words when put together have a figurative meaning.  In an earlier post, we looked at some idioms about time and disagreement. In this post we will look at some idioms […]

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Tips for Negotiating [Change Requests] Persuasively

When talking about negotiation on software teams, often we are referring to how to handle ‘change requests.’ Let’s look at a few strategies you could consider using when a client is asking to add a feature to a website or an app which was not in the original project scope. In the video below, Derek […]

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