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Annie Ruden

Courage Cannot Erase Our Fears

In our home we love watching and listening to musicals. Musicals /’myoo-zi-kulz/: movies and plays with singing and dancing I grew up enjoying musicals and now I’m thrilled that my kids enjoy them as well. The messages and emotion are powerful! My son has been listening to the music from the play “Newsies” a lot

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Annie Ruden

Do you assume native speakers are judging the way you speak?

Assumption: a thing that is accepted as true or as certain to happen, without proof. My husband and I are working on the skill of asking for clarification with each other instead of making assumptions. You can probably guess why we’re working on it. Because we’re terrible about this! I ask, “What time will you

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Annie Ruden

Discomfort Now or Later?

Growth. It’s always uncomfortable. But not growing, feeling stuck and frustrated, is also uncomfortable and tends to last much longer. This reminds me of a story Rory Vaden told in his book titled “Take The Stairs”. Rory grew up in Colorado in the US and noticed a big difference between the behavior of cows and

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Annie Ruden

Does this sound familiar?

Are you feeling like your level of English is not improving as fast as it used to? A common experience I hear from my students is that they feel like they worked really hard on their English and reach a certain level of proficiency and then the improvement either stopped or slowed down dramatically. It

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This one small word will make a big impact

I believe the greatest, most lasting changes that we create in our lives are accomplished one small step at a time. There is no better application of this strategy than while learning and improving languages. As you set a goal to learn one small lesson every day, over time you will be amazed at the

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Are you scared like me?

As the youngest of 9 kids in my family I’ve always been most comfortable as a quiet observer. I do not like being in the spotlight. It makes me laugh that I now have a business where my face is everywhere online in pictures and video. When I first started Pronunciation Pro I tried to

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Want to know the number one secret to making friends?

Do you want to know the #1 secret to making friends and having influence on others? Take your attention off of yourself and think primarily about, and from the perspective of, the other person. Help them feel important. Help them feel appreciated. Help them feel heard. Help them feel respected. And don’t do it for

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It’s your choice. I encourage you to choose confidence!

I got an email from a student yesterday with this phrase… “I’m not a very confident person” I know I’ve heard some form of this statement from students before but for whatever reason this one stopped me. I felt the pain she must be feeling as she tells herself this story. In her head this

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You are Ambitious

I had several conversations this week with many of you. I asked about why you want to learn to speak English clearly and confidently like a native speaker. Of course I heard a lot about being able to get a better job and earn more money. You also mentioned the desire to feel confident in

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Actions Speak Louder Than Words

As a parent of 5 young sons I think a lot about the example I am setting for my children. Although I spend a lot of time teaching and training them I know that my example will be their greatest teacher. A student of mine, Mohamed, shared an incredible experienced he had with his son

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