If you’re hoping to learn how to improve your English—and, more specifically, how to improve your spoken English—you need to know what to spend your training hours on. I have developed (over 10 years!) the exact English exercises that students need in order to move from Advanced to speaking English fluently and with complete confidence. Check it out! Share it out!
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Today I’d like to show you inside what I think is the best training tool to actually change your accent. To not just learn about all of the tricks to American English that you can learn about on my channel, but to actually provide the gym where you can train, daily, with repetitions, to go from understanding something with your head to building it into a habit with your body, to changing the foundations of the way you speak English.
I’m going to tell you a little story about how you taught me how to teach you. At the end of the story, there is going to be a rare discount offer to join my Academy, the gym for your accent, at a reduced price.
For 8 years, I worked on my YouTube channel, teaching you, and learning from you: the best way to talk about and teach accent reduction, listening comprehension, and the characteristics of American pronunciation. Like how English is a stress-timed language with short and long syllables, like reductions and how we change the pronunciation of words in sentences, like the crazy ways we pronounce the letter T, like the subtle differences between all of the similar vowel and diphthong sounds in American English. Truly, I have learned the majority of what I know from teaching itself, so thank you for learning with me and, really, being my teacher showing me how to teach better.
After these 8 years, I thought, I can tell people about this reduction, or this habit, or the pronunciation of this vowel over and over, and all I’m doing is changing people’s understanding. Their mind-knowledge. That might help with listening comprehension, but it won’t really help with speaking, which is the goal of so many of you out there.
The only way to help with speaking, to reduce your accent, to sound more natural and more native, is to change physical habits, not just learn something with your mind. And to do this, you do have to train, like a musician would train a difficult passage over and over to work it into his body, or the way an athlete would train, like a tennis player practicing the motion of a serve over and over.
And when I would teach students privately, I would have these materials for them to train with between lessons. A hundred words with a particular vowel, 25 sentences for the reduction ‘for’, for example, or as many minimal pairs as I could think of to compare two tricky vowels. So my students would train with these materials, listen to the audio, repeat out loud repetitiously over the week, and come back having made real progress, real change.
And as I worked with more students, I realized if they used a particular method of working with the audio, they didn’t even need that much feedback from me. They were making the corrections themselves. That’s when I realized, I don’t have to teach every one one-on-one to help them really change their accent. They can really change their habits and their accents themselves with the right materials and the right method.
And that’s when I opened my online school, Rachel’s English Academy. That was almost two years ago. And as I continued to teach through that, I continued to learn how to make it better and more effective for you, for my students. Just about a month ago, I released a completely new version of the Academy, and I want to show you everything that’s in it. I want to give you a tour. And after the tour, as promised, I will give you a discount offer to join.
In the academy, you get access to over a dozen courses. Over 200 videos that you can’t get on my YouTube channel.
Many of these are Ben Franklin exercises where we go through a full pronunciation analysis of real English conversation, to study reductions, stress, linking, t pronunciations, or tricky words, and much more.
Had do you met her before?
Had do you met her before?
The word ‘met’ with the Stop T.
Each conversation study has a lesson that goes with it that goes over vocabulary words, phrasal verbs, and idioms used in the conversation. These exercises are amazing at helping students with listening comprehension and sounding natural. What makes the academy different is we don’t just stop with the video, with the learning. We go further with training. So what you learn can actually become a habit which is absolutely necessary for speaking English. Think of Rachel’s English academy as your gym. I give you the method, materials, guidance, and support, and you work out every day with the audio. For example, when you study a conversation in a Ben Franklin analysis video, your next lesson is a sound board. Here, you work and train just like a musician would work over and over on a difficult passage. Or the way an athlete would use repetition, like a tennis player practicing the motion of the serve over and over. There are many different male and female voices to work with in the academy, and each sound board has audio at regular pace, and slow motion.
Had you met her before?
Had you met her before?
I don’t know.
I don’t know.
I have a specific method that my students use to work with the soundboards and I’ve seen it happen over and over. They get better using this method without any feedback from me. They’re in the academy doing it, practicing, training, and it transforms their accent. Listen to what my student Sophie had to say about this.
It’s like, it’s like learning how to swim. You know, before this academy, I only learned the theories. You know, how to move arms, how to move your legs, but I never dive into the water. But since I started to study in this academy, I feel like my body’s learning, you know. I am learning in the water, I’m actually doing it, and I love that aspect. I think the results is quite quick. You know, my family, friends, already, already saw some difference, you know, in my speaking and I’m really glad.
So jump in, move your body, build the habits. You can’t change your accent with knowledge. It has to also be regular training. In addition to this several conversations study courses, we, of course, have courses on the sounds of American English. These include videos, hundreds of words to work with to train your ear and your body in producing the right sounds. We have a lot of audio training to compare similar sounds so you’ll finally be able to not only distinguish similar sounds, but say them natively.
If interacting with the soundboard doesn’t work well for you, after each soundboard, there are long audio files that you can download to work with. These are great for training as you commute to work or do work around the house. There are also lots of quizzes to test your listening and make sure you’re on the right track. Ship. With identifying the correct vowel or word. Every question has an explanation, and you can use these quizzes to know exactly where to put your time. Since you have the right method and the right materials, your time will be well-spent.
There are courses on placement, intonation and stress, linking, where you’ll learn all of the important parts of American English that make up the overall feel and character outside of the sounds. Right at the beginning, we work on imitation skills and hearing language as music, to set you up for a learning experience like you’ve never had before. You’re learning about reductions and contractions.
I love these soundboards because they isolate each reduction so you can study it in detail.
Em— fry ‘em— fry ‘em in— fry ‘em in oil—
You can focus on how short to make the word and then build that back into the sentence.
Em, em, fry ‘em, fry ‘em, fry ‘em in oil.
Speaking with reductions just like Americans do, will make you sound so natural. The linking course will help you isolate and practice linking words together so you have that smooth flow from word to word. I love talking about linking. The connection between words is so important in American English and many non-native speakers sound too choppy when speaking English. You’ll train that choppiness out in the academy.
What I, that’s what I thought, what I, what I, what I.
There’s a whole course dedicated to listening comprehension.
Do you have politically diverse friends?
You won’t just know if you got a question right or wrong, we’ll explore why you might have gotten a question wrong. So you can build a better understanding of how Americans use language. Each listing comprehension exercise also comes with the soundboard and downloadable audio, so you can use every opportunity to train the right habits into your own body.
We also have a course where we travel across America together so you have a chance to learn more about American culture and regions. This was such a fun trip and it’s an honor for me to have you come along.
Along with the hundreds of videos and thousands of audio training files, there are two more really special components to the academy. A secret Facebook group and live classes with me. First, the Facebook group, you can post a question, comment, or video of you practicing to the group and get feedback, support, and answers from other students in the academy, me, and other Rachel’s English teachers. It’s a great way to stay motivated and to make sure you’re on the right track.
The live classes are also an amazing way to get personal feedback. I work with several students in every class on a specific topic. Giving guidance and training help to make sure you know what adjustments need to be made to sound more natural. Every live class is added to the academy so when you sign up, you get access to all of the classes, even the ones that happened before you were a member.
The live class replay course allows you to look for topics you need help with and find students with your same native language to watch. It’s an incredible resource to study and practice along with. Members also get access to exclusive add-ons that people outside the academy cannot get. In-depth evaluations, private lessons, and a WhatsApp feedback group, where you exchange daily videos with your own pronunciation coach. These teachers like Tom, Laura, and Ms. Stokes, are absolutely fabulous. I’ve spent months training them and working with them. And they support the method of work in the academy beautifully. Many students say working with the academy and these add-ons are the best investment they’ve ever made in their accent. One of our students working in the WhatsApp feedback group recently increased his IELTS speaking score by over 10 percent in just a few months. And listen to what student Teresa C said about her evaluation.
Thank you so much for giving me the most clear and insightful feedback for my recording. I’ve never done the sort of English teaching approach before. I was actually very overwhelmed by how you could imitate how I sound and tell me exactly what I need to do to improve my English speaking. I was in tears for a while and I felt like I was finally heard. And all the years of these English speaking frustrations finally saw some light at the end of the tunnel.
So come join me in the academy. There’s a 30-day money-back guarantee so there’s no risk for trying. You’re going to love what you find in the academy.
I can really say this is all my best work and the quality is really high. I’ve gotten amazing feedback from students and I’d love for you to transform the way you speak English here as well.
To help make it easier for you to get in the academy and start learning now, I’m offering you a five dollar, first month in the academy. That’s nine dollars off your first month. For just five dollars, you can access all the Ben Franklin exercises, all the audio training, and the daily plan. Just click ’join today’ the $14 a month plan, and make sure you use the code: just5
There is a 30-day money-back guarantee so there’s no risk for you for trying it out. If you sign up, spend time with me, and think ‘this isn’t what I need’ just let us know we’ll get you cancelled and refund your money. If you have 10 or 15 minutes a day, you do have enough time to change your accent. Sign up today. And don’t forget to use the code just5 at checkout. Join the gym. Make a difference. That’s it, and thanks so much for using Rachel’s English.