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  • Unwrapping Christmas Idioms

    The presents, the food, the holiday cheer—Christmas is just about here. Are you excited? While some of us don’t know a life without Christmas, others from other countries and cultures might not understand how important Christmas and its traditions are to those who celebrate the wintertime holiday.We can all understand the lavish dinners, the Christmas trees, and the presents—but what about the idioms and phrases that surround such a popular holiday? For those who don’t celebrate Christmas or aren’t aware of its customs, a lot of these holiday-specific terms might not make any sense at all. In this blog, Pronunciation...

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  • Happy Thanksgiving! Common Thanksgiving Idioms

    In a couple of weeks, it’ll be time for Americans to meet up with family and friends, bring out the deep fryer, cook up all the quintessential dishes, and give thanks for all of the amazing things in their lives. This is what Thanksgiving is all about— eating as much as possible, spending time with your favorite people, and enjoying the blessings of the world. While Thanksgiving usually comes with a side of cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes, it also comes with some unusual idioms and sayings. If you’re not used to these idioms, it can be difficult to truly...

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  • Common English Grammar Mistakes, Part 3

    In the previous two blogs, the American accent training professionals at Pronunciation Workshop took a look at some of the most common English grammar mistakes. We’ll continue with more grammar mistakes in Part 3 of the series, helping you gain awareness of common mistakes so you can become a more polished English speaker! 7. Since/For For people learning English as a second language, navigating the world of tenses can be difficult, especially when it comes to the proper use of since or for. Let’s a take a look at common examples of misuse of these words in the past tense:...

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  • Common English Grammar Mistakes, Part 2

    In the previous blog post, the American accent training team at Pronunciation Workshop deconstructed some of the most common grammatical mistakes in the English language. We’ll continue on that topic here, with even more mistakes to be aware of so you can become a better English speaker! 4. Adverbs and “ly” “The road to hell is paved with adverbs” according to world-renowned novelist Stephen King—but they’re an essential part of the English language whether Mr. King likes them or not. An adverb modifies a verb to make it more descriptive—after all, there’s a big difference between speaking softly and speaking...

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  • Common English Grammar Mistakes

    It doesn’t matter if you’ve spoken English for three months or three decades—there’s a chance you’re making some grammar mistakes in your everyday speech. It’s nothing to be ashamed of—we all make tiny mistakes in our speech every so often. But it’s up to us to be aware of these mistakes, and to correct ourselves when we make them. That’s just part of getting better and speaking English, whether it’s your second language or your only language. In this blog, the American accent training professionals at Pronunciation Workshop will cover some of the most common mistakes made in the English...

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