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 and practice it in words and sentences. Are you ready?
What’s your favorite word with the Schwa sound? Put it in the comments!
The Schwa episode (long lesson): How One TINY Sound Can Make a HUGE Difference https://hadarshemesh.com/podcast/09/
Link to the videos about syllables and primary stress:
- Are you struggling with understanding word stress? Watch this✨ https://youtu.be/8XhV4oAuPcA
- How to find the stress in long words https://youtu.be/65wx9_zmuqQ
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168. The TH in English – New and IMPROVED Lesson
23:45Join my transformational program and improve your pronunciation and confidence: https://hadarshemesh.com/newsound2021 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, by simplifying pronunciation, intonation, and stress. In this episode, you’ll get to practice the TH in a simple and effective way, and also get a taste of what it’s like to learn with me in my program. Check it out here: https://hadarshemesh.com/newsound2021 In the program you’ll also learn about intonation, rhythm, stress, phrasing, breathing, voice, body language, fluency strategies, building your vocabulary, effective practice, building habits, and so much more! Everything you need to transform your English. Go here to watch the video version of this episode: https://theaccentsway.com/th-sound-lesson/
[Bonus] Do you need my help?
20:08In this bonus episode I’m going to share with you all about my upcoming program and how it can help you make a change in your English. And If you want to find out more about my program – New Sound – and how it can transform your English fluency, click here.
167. How English Changed Their Lives: Success Stories of My Students
1:46:40If 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 to overcome. But with the right strategy, practice technique and mindset, they were able to make an incredible transformation in their English that led to making incredible changes in their lives, well-being, confidence, self-worth, and even salary! These are the stories of my New Sound students. Each of these remarkable individuals shares about their English journey, and especially their moments of success – a true testament to the fact that English doesn’t have to be a barrier in our lives. And if you have the right roadmap, getting to that point is closer than you think. If you’d like to know how YOU can see similar results in your life, I’m inviting you to click here to learn about my transformational program, New Sound: https://hadarshemesh.com/newsound/ Watch the episode and hear how Orsi Csernák started teaching English and giving tours around Budapest in English, and how Sergio Mendes really took things to the next level, and together with Orsi, has recorded about 600 videos, showing up in English one day after another. You’ll also get to know Alma Vivero, who wears her accent with pride and converse confidently and freely in English; Leia Santos, who hosted speaking sessions with other NS members, inspired, and guided them; Barbara Myszka who gained confidence to negotiate for a higher salary; and Ekaterina Ratsina who took initiative and decided to give a full lecture in English in front of 50 people.
166. How to step into the right mindset in English [Q&A session]
23:30In this episode we’re going to listen to a Q&A session about mindset from the English Fluency Festival event. Hadar’s signature program New Sound is open for registration! Click here for more info 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 English learners from all over the world: https://hadarshemesh.com/influency-community/
165. Feel Stuck in English? Here’s why
15:17Do 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 can get on the right path to success. ▶️ More amazing episodes if you want to reach a breakthrough in English: 🚀#1 STRATEGY to become FLUENT in English https://theaccentsway.com/fluency-strategy/ 🚀How to stay MOTIVATED when learning ENGLISH https://theaccentsway.com/motivation-in-english/ 🚀What To Do When You Hit A Plateau In English? https://hadarshemesh.com/podcast/25/ 🚀Why English Learners Fail https://theaccentsway.com/why-english-learners-fail/ 🚀3 MUST HAVE habits to learn a language https://theaccentsway.com/how-to-learn-a-language/
164. What I’ve been up to
20:06Today’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 new friends ❓LIVE Q&As and coaching Fun challenges, prizes, and more! 🎁🎉 And it’s FREE!
163. Want More Confidence in English? Do This
15:01Being 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 put your energy into doing new things. More episodes to boost your confidence: Pattern Interrupt video https://theaccentsway.com/this-helped-me-become-fluent/ How To Get Over The Fear Of Being Judged When Speaking English https://theaccentsway.com/speaking-with-confidence/ Afraid to make mistakes in English? WATCH THIS https://theaccentsway.com/communication-over-perfection/ Feeling like an Impostor in English? It’s not you. It’s the Impostor Syndrome https://hadarshemesh.com/podcast/11/ 🚀Here’s the link to join our InFluency Community https://hadarshemesh.com/in
162. How to Pronounce ‘Party’ vs. ‘Potty’
12:00English 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 as explained in the episode: party: paar-di [IPA: pɑːrɾi] potty: paa-di [IPA: pɑːɾi] car: kaar [IPA: kɑːr] part: kaar [IPA: kɑːr] hard: haard [IPA: hɑːrd] start: staart [IPA: stɑːrt] starting: staar-ding [IPA: stɑːrɾɪŋ] harder: haard’r [IPA: hɑːrɾər] hotter: haad’r [IPA: hɑːɾər] farther: faarth’r [IPA: fɑːrðər] father: faath’r [IPA: fɑːðər] further: f’rth’r [IPA: ˈfɜːrðər] If you want to improve your accent and understand spoken English better, download my free American Accent audio crash course: https://hadarshemesh.com/audio-accent-course/ 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 English learners from all over the world: https://hadarshemesh.com/influency-community/
161. Do You Hate Your Voice in English?
22:07Do 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 find a place where your voice feels comfortable and sounds like YOU. Go here to watch the video version of the episode: https://theaccentsway.com/do-you-hate-your-voice/ Videos mentioned in this episode: “Breathing & Voice” an interview with Ori, a yoga and breathing therapist https://youtu.be/-7MF_gRyj1c How to Use Your Voice in ENGLISH to Sound Powerful and Confident https://youtu.be/_QcygiLnKPw Do you change your voice when you speak English? Here’s why (+ listen to my voice in Hebrew😲) https://youtu.be/qFbjwopad7c And if you’re interested in learning more about your voice and how to use it effectively, make sure you get on the waitlist to my new program, New Sound. We’re opening doors in October so the time is now. Click here for more details: https://hadarshemesh.com/newsound/
160. How to Pronounce ‘Thanks’
2:37English 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: θeɪŋks] If you want to improve your accent and understand spoken English better, download my free American Accent audio crash course: https://hadarshemesh.com/audio-accent-course/ 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 English learners from all over the world: https://hadarshemesh.com/influency-community/