Do people often ask you to repeat yourself? Do you sometimes notice a look of confusion on your listener's face, but they don't tell you that they haven't understood you? These can be frustrating situations as a speaker. One of the biggest advantages of the S.M.A.R.T. method of American Accent training is giving you the knowledge you need to understand why the communication breakdown happened. Not only does the training help reduced these embarrassing and frustrating encounters, but also when they do happen, you'll know what went wrong and how to clarify what you've said.
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What do you call your mother? Here's what you might hear in the US:
It's commonly advised "don't mix business with pleasure," which generally means it's not a good idea to date a co-worker. But there are a few words we use for business that also go along with the theme of love. For example, a proposal can be an offer of marriage or a business proposition presented for others to consider. Engagement can mean customers connecting and interacting with a product or website, or the period of time before a marriage takes place where the couple has agreed to marry.
Here's some help pronouncing these two business and love words.
Happy New Year! Here's a quick practice idea to work on present and past tense verbs. Notice the ng sound at the ends of the present tense verbs (be sure to use ng, not n or ngk). Noticed the final t and final d consonant clusters on the past tense verbs. Try these phrases, using the recording to listen for the patterns:
This year, I plan on walking a lot. Last year, I walked a lot.
This year, I plan on cooking at home. Last year, I cooked at home.
This year, I plan on working more efficiently. Last year, I worked too much.
This year, I plan on traveling. Last year, I traveled a little bit.
This year, I plan on exercising regularly. Last year, I exercised a lot.
This year, I plan on talking to my family. Last year, I talked to them often.
Now make up your own phrases with present and past tense.
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