If you have trouble speaking English and pronouncing English sounds – you are not alone.
I help people from lots of different backgrounds – Japan, Korea, Russia, France, Germany, India, Italy, Singapore, China, Spain, various South American countries (to name a few!)
Many people who come to English from a different language, find it hard to correctly pronounce certain sounds that are unfamiliar to their background. English speakers also often have trouble reproducing unfamiliar sounds from other languages.
I mainly help people quickly and effectively improve their spoken English for Business presenting.
Other “teachers/trainers” are better if you want to cover English in other broader (beyond business) situations.
I will mainly come in and help people improve their Business English for business situations.
This post series concentrates on the challenges Koreans often have in speaking English.
From my experience with the Koreans I have helped, many can be very effective with written English – but can be scared of having to speak and pronounce English.
One female executive I helped preferred to use e-mail for communicating in English because she:
1. had time to respond correctly
2. didn’t have to worry about the sound of words
3. felt more confident
She was very strong with written English. In fact, in my professional opinion, her e-mails were better written than many native-born English executives I worked with 😉
However, I encouraged her to practise improving her spoken English as well – because you can’t give a business presentation by e-mail!
The system I use to help executives improve their spoken English can be summed up:
A B C.
1. Be Aware of the “problem sounds”
2. Bring forth and Bold the problem sounds in your speech or presentation – you can use your computer to search for and highlight problem sounds in the text of a speech or presentation. You can use other highlighting methods. I prefer to use bold.
3. Correct the problem sounds – through repetition and practice
Easy-to-remember memory devices like ABC help make the process faster and more manageable – especially for busy executives who want to quickly master those difficult sounds in their speeches or presentations.
In this series of posts, I’ll go through these 3 stages of the ABC system especially tailored for the challenges faced by Koreans wanting to pronounce English correctly.
As you may be aware, it’s a major priority for Korean families to help their children master written and spoken English. Many families like to send children to study in English-speaking countries such as The United States, Canada, The UK and Australia and New Zealand.
From my experience, the Korean business people I work with are very good at written English – but know they need help with improving their spoken English.
In the next post, I’ll share about the “problem sounds” English presents to Koreans.
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