Should you ditch your accent?


When Jean Eloi spoke English at work, words like “probably” often sounded more like “pwabably” and the-51-year-old’s accented speech was too fast for his colleagues to keep up. So when his manager gently suggested an accent-reduction course to help him express himself more fluently leading meetings he jumped at the chance.

Eloi, a native Creole speaker and project manager at a biotech firm has lived in the US for more than 32 years but says he wasn’t offended by the suggestion and instead appreciated the offer of some help.

Accent reduction, sometimes called accent softening, is controversial and being singled-out over the way you speak can be upsetting to employees. And managers risk deeply offending team members if they pick on one person over the way they speak, in particular if that employee is often working in multiple languages or their English pronunciation has little to do with their capability to do their job.

After 15 hours of one-on-one coaching, Eloi, who lives in North Carolina, in the US, says he’s now aware of the mistakes he makes in English when speaking. As a result of the course, he now slows down his speech, clearly enunciates vowels and keeps his desk computer covered with sticky note reminders to incorporate what he’s learned during the course.

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Prepositions


A preposition is a word which shows relationships among other words in the sentence.  The relationships include direction, place, time, cause, manner and amount.  In the sentence She went to the store, to is a preposition which shows direction.  In the sentence He came by bus, by is a  preposition which shows manner.  In the sentence They will be here at three o’clock, at is a prepositionwhich shows time and in the sentence It is under the table, under is a preposition which shows place.

A preposition always goes with a noun or pronoun which is called the object of the preposition.  The preposition is almost always before the noun or pronoun and that is why it is called apreposition.  The preposition and the object of the preposition together are called a prepositional phrase.  The following chart shows the prepositions, objects of the preposition, and prepositional phrases of the sentences above.

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Karl Bushby: Em 1998 ele saiu para dar uma volta ao mundo…a pé! (e ainda não voltou)


Independente de onde você estava ou o que estava fazendo no dia 1º de novembro de 1998 , provavelmente não era nada parecido com o que fez Karl Bushby. Para ele foi um dia extraordinário, foi o dia em que ele partiu… e nunca mais voltou, ou pelo menos ainda não!   Ele está há 17 anos na estrada a caminho de casa, na expedição que batizou de Goliath Expedition.

Hoje, Bushby tem 46 anos de idade, mas em novembro de 1998 ele ainda era um jovem de 29 anos. O ex-pára-quedista do exército britânico deu o primeiro passo a partir de Punta Arenas no Chile e embarcou em uma jornada ininterrupta de 60.000 km ao redor do mundo – a pé.   E Bushby não tem nenhuma intenção de parar até que ele complete o percurso de volta à sua cidade natal, Hull, na Inglaterra.

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Food Idioms


The exam was a piece of cake.

Here are some common idioms based on food and foods. Each entry includes the meaning of the idiom and shows the idiom in context in an example sentence. At the end is a food idioms quiz to check your understanding.

idiom meaning example sentence
apple of one’s eye a person that is adored by someone Baby Jessica is the apple of her father’s eye.
(have a) bun in the oven be pregnant I don’t think Jan will come to the bar because she has a bun in the oven.

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Using have to, supposed to, and ought to


Have to is the same as must. It implies that you don’t have a choice.

John has to go to work everyday.
The students have to study tonight.

To be supposed to means an obligation. It is something that you should do, or something that another person expects you to do. Don’t forget to use the verb be in front of supposed to.

Sally is supposed to meet her friend tonight.
All of the employees are supposed to attend today’s meeting.

Ought to means a suggestion. You should do something but you don’t have to do it.

We ought to clean the house tonight.
Phillip ought to help you with your homework.

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Como Melhorar o Sotaque o Pronunciação em Ingles com o Meu Sotaque Ruim em Portugues


Notei que aprendi mais a respeito da língua portuguesa observando como meus amigos brasileiros falam inglês. Neste episódio do Go Natural English eu quero destacar alguns importantes detalhes que fazem grande diferença em termos de pronunciação. Inicialmente ressalto que a palavra “Brasil” merece atenção, pois devemos pronunciar o “L” ao seu final. Brasileiros tendem a pronunciar este “L” como se fosse “U”. Outra letra que difere bastante entre os idiomas inglês e português é o “R”, que no inglês tem uma pronúncia bem particular, própria e diferente em relação ao português. Este video é direcionado a estes dois aspectos da pronunciação, entretanto destaco que eu quero mesmo é encorajar você a falar sem medo de errar, praticar diariamente e melhorar um pouco a cada dia. Se você gostou, inscreva-se no canal Go Natural English no youtube, três vezes por semana eu compartilho dicas de inglês.  Sinto-me grata se você também compartilhar meus vídeos.

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