I had a great experience with this course. I’m always trying to improve my English pronunciation skills. Now, after I took this course I realized that whatever I was doing before to improve my pronunciation skills was just like walking in the dark, just like walking in the dark without a definite path. This course opened my eyes and gave me a clear direction on how I can improve my pronunciation and communication skills. I was really impressed with the first introductory chapter. We started out simple but took progressive steps. To improve anyone’s pronunciation skills, I will never forget the 3 basic steps: speak up, move your mouth, and slow down while communicating with other people. These 3 steps are like a mantra, or an engineering formula for me. I understood the importance of rhythm, intonation, and word stress in the English language. I also learned a lot of pronunciation rules. Overall, this course showed me a path. I still have a long way to go and it will completely depend on my practice where I want to put myself. Lastly, I‘m really fortunate and thankful to my instructor, Annie Ruden. I was never bored in this class. Every weekly meeting was fun. Thank you.
Hi my name is Olugbenga. I just completed the 12 weeks Pronunciation Pro program. I’m really excited. My situation before I started this program and after the program has actually changed. Let me start by saying that the program has really exposed me to what I need to know to speak fluently and evaluate myself. Even though it might not be easy for me to put on the new rhythm of English, I know that by practice and review I will continue to improve. First of all, the area where I have the most difficulty when it comes to this program are the sounds and rhythm. Most of the sounds I didn’t know how to make before; the TH, and the H sound are still weird but I know that I’m improving. When it comes to what was easy for me to do is the reviewing, watching the videos, and practicing. Even though I know that I need to really really speak the language the way it’s supposed to be spoken I know reviewing and practicing will help me in this circumstance. When it comes to the expectation of the program, like I mentioned earlier, the program is excellent—well packaged. All that the students need to know are in the package. The professor is also supportive to students with frequent webinars and some other free lessons. This program has really helped me become self-conscious when I’m making the sounds of English and when I’m speaking. I’m now confident speaking to native speakers, which was one of my problems before I started this program. What I need to do, I know now, is to keep on practicing. When it comes to areas of improvement, I know that improvement takes a very long time (listening, imitating native speakers, memorizing and repeating, reading aloud everything, analyzing the grammar of the language). Continuing to make progress is like someone who finds himself in the jungle. The more often the path is used, the easier the journey becomes. If the path is unused for a very long time, the jungle will soon become encroaching. The same thing with language. Knowing this fact, I know that I will need to continue improving. Finally, I really have intentions of taking advantage of one-to-one tutoring to continue making progress. Thank you very much.
Hi Annie! Thank you so much for this great program. Wow! It’s already week 12, time flies! I can still remember the first day when I started this program. I just want to say I really enjoyed this program, it really helped me a lot. The things I like about this program: first, I like the part where you teach us how to pronounce the sounds, such as the L, dark L ,and R, etc. These are the sounds that I feel are very difficult. It is really great to know how to pronounce them correctly and how to move the mouth and the tongue to make the correct sound. When I know how to pronounce them correctly I tend to use them more in daily conversation, and the more I talked the more progress I made. I think it really helped me in this way. The second thing I liked about this is the part about intonation and rhythm—by imitating those speeches I really feel like I can talk more like native English speakers. This program really helped me and I am definitely more confident now than 12 weeks ago. Overall this is a very great program. I really enjoyed it. I will keep reading all these extra materials and the bonus videos online. If I have any further questions about pronunciation or rhythm then I will send you an email and ask for your help. Thank you so much for this online program. Keep in touch! Thank you.
Well Annie, we are at the end of this incredible program, and I want to tell you that for me it was an incredible tool to improve my English. I can hear myself continue to have occasional problems with pronunciation, especially with vowels, but I feel much more confident. Going through this program helps me understand the movements of my mouth and to integrate them into my daily conversations. I can see that the most important change in my English speaking is my rhythm and intonation. It was incredible. I can now follow my own speaking with a fluent and almost perfect stress in words and sentences. I can understand with not only my mind—I can understand it with my heart. When you understand the changes in your intonation and the different patterns of stress with your heart, it shows that you integrated it in your daily speaking. I know that I must continue working with my vowels and with initial /S/ sounds because I’m Spanish. Sometimes I forget. I want to say thank you to you. Thank you for all your help, thank you for your feedback, thank you for connecting me with Jamie and to continue my journey in perfecting my English. We definitely will continue keeping in touch. Once I finish my TOEFL exam I will start working with the program again because I want to perfect my English as much as I can. I know that being a professional here in the U.S. and having a good level of English will make a huge difference in my professional career. Again, I want to thank you for all your help and we will continue being in touch.
Well to be honest with you I was very hesitant to start this program because it’s a bit expensive, especially for me as a student. I wasn’t sure if it was going to help me or not. Before I decided to do that I actually bought a CD with another program. Basically what I was doing, I was listening to the speeches or listening to the particular pronunciation of certain words or sounds. I was repeating and repeating, and that didn’t help me. I spent about a year doing that and it didn’t help me at all. So I was very hesitant starting this program but I’m so grateful and I’m so happy that I did that. Because I believe my pronunciation improved and I became more confident in myself and my speech, I know it shows. I can really see how I improved throughout the entire 12 weeks. I really like that the program was built this way where you can do a week studying the material; repeating after the video sample that they give on each week assignment, and then sending your voice recording where your trainer can then hear your speaking and correct your mistakes. I think that is the most important part—when somebody hears you and they can tell you what you are doing wrong—cause otherwise you will never hear your own mistakes. That is what I really liked about it. I like how my speech sounds improved and I really like how some people in the past would ask me, “what did you say?”, “say it again…”throughout the conversation, and say it 2-3 times or sometimes even more, and now it pretty much doesn’t happen anymore. I love it! Obviously the program met my expectations and exceeded it because I did not expect these results. I think a great part of this program is that you get to hear somebody speaking the right way, you get to try it, and then you get the feedback. For me it was very important to know the rules too because throughout my entire life I’ve been studying English for like, let’s see, like 10 years, probably, and I did not know the rules—I did not know how to pronounce certain words like the special pronunciation for “school”. So some words were harder for me than others. Teaching things like putting your tongue between your teeth, I thought that was great; it’s great to know that this is how you actually make that sound. I honestly don’t think there is anything that needs to be improved. I think the program is great. I think it’s really really helpful. I will recommend it to all my friends. I know that if a person is struggling I will definitely advise them to use this program. Anyway, I’m really glad that I paid this money, I think it was well worth the spend. Thank you very much!
This english course is one of the most important things I have accomplished here in America. It’s impacted my entire life. I cannot imagine that I am able now to speak to native English speakers without them asking me to repeat myself again. The structure the of the course makes it easy for nonnative English speakers, like me. Thank you.
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