Listening and pronunciation are more important than you think.

Let’s be real with each other. When people speak with a good accent in a foreign language and they can understand everything it is super cool. So let’s talk about it.
In the beginning of my Spanish, I began speaking from day one. It was quite funny because I could say more than I could understand. I was able to apply memorized grammar and vocabulary, but when people spoke to me I couldn’t understand much and I couldn’t respond. It wasn’t a matter of more vocabulary and grammar. I needed to learn the sounds to be able to understand. This taught me how important listening really was. Another lesson I learned quickly was that if someone can’t understand your pronunciation then all the grammar and vocabulary in the world won’t help you.

The fantastic part of training listening and pronunciation is it can be done without the need to study vocabulary or grammar. So you can do it from day one with a new language or to help you get over an intermediate block. I did this myself with German. I spent just a month learning the pronunciation with the strategy of learning the sounds of the language. Every language has a certain number of sounds (English 42, Spanish 39, German 56, etc.). It’s a fantastic way to practice your listening and pronunciation in a systematic and concise way. Good pronunciation can make you sound professional in an interview, help you connect with new friends while traveling, and even make it appear you have a higher level than you actually do!

We learn foreign languages to relate and make connections with people and cultures we otherwise couldn’t. I can attest that this works not only in a language I speak well (Spanish), but in a language I only know a couple of phrases. When in Botswana with family, my wife and I learned some Setswana. Lucky for us, Setswana rolls their /r/. It was amazing to see peoples faces light up when they heard us rolling our /r/ when greeting them! If you’re interested in improving your pronunciation in English send me a message!
March 13, 2020
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About Me - Hi all! My name is Drew and I’m a professional language teacher and coach. I’m from the US, but I currently live in Peru with my wife and two cats. My hobbies are traveling, swimming, reading, listening to podcasts, learning languages and I’m a black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu. English is my native language, but I also speak Spanish fluently and I’m currently learning German (and loving it!). My Lessons & Teaching Style - I have 4 types of lessons taught in English and Spanish. 1. English through Stories • Enjoy learning English with stories, movement, pictures and videos • Improve speaking, listening, vocabulary and grammar • Classes for kids and adults at all levels 2. Drew’s Accent Course - In this course, you will improve your pronunciation and listening comprehension. • Learn the 42 sounds of English • Pronounce 90% of the syllables • Improve you accent for personal and professional motives 3. Language Coaching - I guide you to learn your target language in your own way by • Defining goals • Effective resources and methods • Creating learning plans • Giving guidance and feedback 4. TOEFL Coaching - • Guided speaking section practice • Learn strategies for the reading and listening sections • Use templates to write clearer and faster for the exam • Take the stress off of yourself and get a tutor to know you will get the score the need! Me as a Teacher - I am both language teacher and coach. This means I can give the technical knowledge such as grammar and pronunciation as well as the guidance you need for your self-study and personal needs. I always stick to my 5 principles of language learning 1. Comprehensible Input - We only acquire languages when we can understand what we listen and read. 2. Enjoyable - It has to be fun and motivating. 3. Frequency – You must have contact with our language almost everyday. 4. Efficiency – You must use good methods and stick to the principles. 5. System – You must hold ourselves responsible and have purpose with how we study and practice languages. Methodologies: Neurolanguage coaching®, Comprehensible Input Methods (TPR and TPRS), Mimic Method, and Language Hacking
Flag
English
globe
United States
time
New!
Speaks:
English
Native
,
Spanish
C2
,
German
A2
About Me - Hi all! My name is Drew and I’m a professional language teacher and coach. I’m from the US, but I currently live in Peru with my wife and two cats. My hobbies are traveling, swimming, reading, listening to podcasts, learning languages and I’m a black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu. English is my native language, but I also speak Spanish fluently and I’m currently learning German (and loving it!). My Lessons & Teaching Style - I have 4 types of lessons taught in English and Spanish. 1. English through Stories • Enjoy learning English with stories, movement, pictures and videos • Improve speaking, listening, vocabulary and grammar • Classes for kids and adults at all levels 2. Drew’s Accent Course - In this course, you will improve your pronunciation and listening comprehension. • Learn the 42 sounds of English • Pronounce 90% of the syllables • Improve you accent for personal and professional motives 3. Language Coaching - I guide you to learn your target language in your own way by • Defining goals • Effective resources and methods • Creating learning plans • Giving guidance and feedback 4. TOEFL Coaching - • Guided speaking section practice • Learn strategies for the reading and listening sections • Use templates to write clearer and faster for the exam • Take the stress off of yourself and get a tutor to know you will get the score the need! Me as a Teacher - I am both language teacher and coach. This means I can give the technical knowledge such as grammar and pronunciation as well as the guidance you need for your self-study and personal needs. I always stick to my 5 principles of language learning 1. Comprehensible Input - We only acquire languages when we can understand what we listen and read. 2. Enjoyable - It has to be fun and motivating. 3. Frequency – You must have contact with our language almost everyday. 4. Efficiency – You must use good methods and stick to the principles. 5. System – You must hold ourselves responsible and have purpose with how we study and practice languages. Methodologies: Neurolanguage coaching®, Comprehensible Input Methods (TPR and TPRS), Mimic Method, and Language Hacking
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