Speaking Your Best Online
Welcome to Speaking Your Best Online!
Understanding the Basics of Sounds
Understanding Voiced and Unvoiced Sounds
Understanding Your Accented Sounds
Arabic Pronunciation Guidelines
Russian Pronunciation Guidelines
Mandarin Pronunciation Guidelines
Spanish Pronunciation Guidelines
Hindi Pronunciation Guidelines
Vietnamese Pronunciation Guidelines
Thai Pronunciation Guidelines
Filipino Pronunciation Guidelines
French Pronunciation Guidelines
Japanese Pronunciation Guidelines
Portuguese Pronunciation Guidelines
Italian Pronunciation Guidelines
Farsi Pronunciation Guidelines
the "b" sound
the "p" sound
the "k" sound
the "d" sound
the "t" sound
the "g" sound
the "s" sound
the "z" sound
the "f" sound
the "v" sound
the "sh" sound
the "zh" sound
the voiced "th" sound
the unvoiced "th" sound
the "h" sound
the "ch" sound
the "dg" sound
the "m" sound
the "n" sound
the "ng" sound
the "w" sound
the "yuh" sound
the "l" sound
the "r" sound
Unstressed Vowel "er"
Stressed Vowel "er"
Vowel "u" as in "foot"
Initial consonant blends
"thr" initial blend
"skr" initial blend
"br" initial blend
"dr" initial blend
"tr" initial blend
"kl" initial blend
"pl" initial blend
"sl" initial blend
"sm" initial blend
"sn" initial blend
"st" initial blend
"sp" initial blend
"sk" initial blend
Final consonant blends
"nd" final blend
"nt" final consonant blend
"ld"/"lt" final blends
"dz" final blend
"ts" final blend
"kt" final blend
"rd" final blend
"pl" and "bl" final blends
Important Words to Master
The Most Common Words in American English
Pronouncing the Word "to"
How to Make the Word "And" Sound More Natural
Pronouncing Numbers, Days, Dates, and Months
Pronouncing Mult-Syllabic Words
How to Pronounce the American English Alphabet
Twenty of the Most Commonly Mispronounced Words and How to Pronounce Them
Words that end with "ly"
Speaking Skills: Speak Clearly and Effectively!
Making Your Voice Heard
Open Your Mouth and Move Your Lips
Speak More Slowly to be Understood
Pronounce All Sounds in Words Clearly
Prolonging Vowels to Improve Voicing
How to Reduce Filler Words
The Art of Speaking Concisely in Three Easy Steps
Part 1: Intonation Patterns for Sentence Types
Part 2: Syllable Stress
Part 3: Stressing Important Words When Speaking
Part 4: How and When to Pause
Grammar Skills To Master
Using At, In, and On to Indicate Location and Moving
Forming Regular and Irregular Plurals
Common Irregular Plurals
Forming and Using Tenses Correctly in English
Forming Direct and Indirect Questions
Using Adverbs Correctly
Verbs that take prepositions
Mastering Important Words in Grammar
Test your grammar skills!
The Milkmaid and Her Pail
The Boy Who Cried Wolf
King Arthur and the Witch
How to Connect Words Together
Introduction to word connections
How to "Mark" Stop Sounds
Word Connections With Final "t" and "d"
Connecting Same and Different Continuant Sounds
Connecting Consonants With Vowels
Connecting Two Vowels Together
Building Your Vocabulary
Common American Idioms/Expressions
Words Every Professional Should Know
Positive Resume and Interview Words
Resume and Interview Adjectives for the Professional
Resume and Interview Verbs
The Importance of Greetings
The Art of Small Talk
Lightening a Conversation
The Importance of Tone of Voice
The Importance of Body Language
Improve Your Presentation Skills
Guidelines for Giving a Good Presentation
Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking
Do's and Don'ts for Making PowerPoint Presentations
Want to have a great presentation? Tell a story!
Transitioning to the Next Slide: Examples
For the Business Professional: Communicating Effectively in the Business World
Basic Guide to Conducting an Effective Business Meeting
Dealing with Argumentative People
Responding to Colleagues' Comments/Questions/Remarks
Knowing When and How to Listen and Speak
Working With the Person Who Thinks They Know Everything
Putting It All Together: Practice Stories
Practice story 1
Practice story 2
Practice story 3
Verbs That Take Prepositions
Please review the following verbs that take prepositions. Sample sentences using these verbs are provided for you.
Verb + to
1. adapt to
Ex: Animals can adapt to their surroundings easily
2. add to
Ex: Please don’t add to the confusion by giving me more information.
3. adjust to
Ex: It’s not always easy to adjust to change.
4. consent to
Ex: Mary consented to having her hair cut.
5. explain (something) to
Ex: I will explain how to work the remote to you one more time.
get used to
Ex: I know it’s not easy, but you’ll just have to get used to it.
7. happen to
Ex: I hope nothing happens to Janet on her trip.
8. introduce (someone) to
Ex: I would like to introduce you to my boss.
9. invite (someone) to
Ex: Did you invite Andy to the party?
10. listen to
Ex: I love to listen to music.
11. look forward to
Ex: He told me he was looking forward to working with me.
12. prefer to
Ex: John prefers to eat fish rather than chicken.
13. refer to
Ex: If you have any problems, please refer to the instructions on page 2.
14. relate to
Ex: Sometimes I just can’t relate to my teenage daughter.
15. talk to
Ex: Everyone needs someone to talk to.
16. prepare to
I am prepared to work late tonight so that I can finish my project.
17. agree to
Ex: John told me that he never agreed to drive us to the mall.
18. apologize to (someone)
Ex: Don’t ask me to apologize to you because I won’t.
Verb + for
Ex: Amy applied for a credit card but it wasn’t approved.
2. ask for
Ex: Mark is always asking for money.
3. blame (someone) for (something)
Ex: John always blames Tina for forgetting to take out the garbage.
4. excuse (someone) for
Ex: Please excuse my daughter for not attending school today.
5. forgive (someone) for
Ex: Will you forgive me for my mistakes?
have a reason for
Ex: Mary must have a good reason for not telling us what happened.
7. listen for
Ex: Please listen for the taxi cab for me.
8. look for
Ex: I looked everywhere for my keys, and I still can’t find them.
9. pay for
Ex: Jack is going to pay for our meal.
10. prepare for
Ex: Are you prepared for your presentation tomorrow?
11. provide for
Ex: The single mother had to provide for her children.
12. send for
Ex: I will send for you as soon as I can.
13. substitute for
Ex: Mr. Jones is the substitute teacher for Mrs. Andrews.
14. thank (someone) for
Ex: I would like to thank you for the beautiful flowers.
15. wish for
Ex: Jamie is wishing for a pony for her birthday.
16. work for
Ex: I’m tired of working for peanuts.
17. Apologize for
Ex: You have nothing to apologize for; you didn’t do anything wrong.
18. Care for
Ex: The man cared for his mother when she was sick.
Verb + of
1. accuse (someone) of
Ex: Jan’s husband was accused of stealing from his company.
2. approve of
Ex: I don’t approve of girls wearing mini skirts.
3. become of
Ex: I wonder what ever became of John?
4. consist of
Ex: This ice cream consists of yogurt and milk.
5. convince (someone) of (something)
Ex: You can’t convince me that Mark is telling the truth.
6. disapprove of
Ex: Mary’s parents disapprove of her boyfriend.
7. approve of
Ex: Our manager approved of my work for this project.
8. get rid of
Ex: I’m going to get rid of all the junk in the garage.
9. remind (someone) of
Ex: Has anyone ever told you that you remind them of Audrey Hepburn?
10. suspect (someone) of
Ex: Mr. Smith was suspected of killing his wife.
11. take care of
Ex: We all need someone to take care of us.
12. think of
Ex: I think of you quite often.
13. dream of
Ex: I was dreaming of you last night.
14. made of
Ex: She thought her new sweater was made of wool.
Verb + about
1. complain about
Ex: Andy always complains about his aches and pains.
2. think about
Ex: Mary wants me to think about going to Hawaii next summer.
3. dream about
Ex: The little girl’s dreams were all about horses.
4. forget about
Ex: Just forget about it.
5. hear about
Ex: I’m happy to hear about your new job.
6. laugh about
Ex: Would you please stop laughing about that?
7. learn about
Ex: We all have a lot to learn about marketing.
8. see about
Ex: We’ll just have to see about that.
9. talk about
Ex: It’s not nice to talk about people behind their backs.
10. warn about
Ex: Anne’s father warned her about not going out by herself at night.
Verb + with
1. agree with
Ex: Everyone at the meeting agreed with John’s idea.
2. argue with
Ex: I’m tired of arguing with you.
3. catch up with
Ex: I’ll catch up with you later.
4. communicate with
Ex: John communicates with his boss remotely every morning.
5. deal with
Ex: Sarah doesn’t deal well with her problems.
6. get through with
Ex: If we can just get through with this meeting, we can go home.
7. have patience with
Ex: Parents must have great patience with their children.
8. provide (someone) with
Ex: Could you provide me with an update by tomorrow?
Verb + from
1. recover from
Ex: John is expected to recover fully from his injuries.
2. stop (someone ) from (doing something)
Ex: I tried to stop him from crossing the street.
3. subtract (something) from
Ex: If you subtract the cost of the carpets from the total cost, what do you get?
4. borrow from
Ex: We had to borrow some money from the bank to pay our bills.
5. come from
Ex: Where did that rock come from?
Verb + on
1. agree on
Ex: My husband and I never agree on anything, it seems.
2. Compliment on
Ex: My daughter doesn’t like it when people compliment her on her beautiful hair.
3. Congratulate on
Ex: I have to congratulate Tom on his new job the next time I see him.
4. Rely on
Ex: You shouldn’t rely so much on others.
Ex: Anne always spends too much money on clothes.
6. Wait on
Ex: Why do you wait on your husband all the time? He can do things by himself.