The InFluency Podcast
The InFluency Podcast
Hadar Shemesh
The InFluency podcast is your go-to resource for learning, speaking and teaching English. Hadar Shemesh is a pronunciation expert and fluency coach with thousands of students around the world, though she herself was an intermediate speaker of English once. In this podcast she will share her best strategies for learning English, speaking English with confidence and mastering the American accent. Discover how becoming fluent has everything to do with acquiring the right mindset, setting goals and learning how to overcome challenges. Hadar will also share her teaching philosophy and techniques to support English teachers looking to help their students become fluent.
84. The STRANGEST and Most EFFECTIVE Way to Learn CONDITIONAL SENTENCES
👉 Download my FREE & EFFECTIVE conditional sentences practice sheet & recording: https://theaccentsway.com/conditionals-pdf/ Have you been struggling with conditional sentences? ME TOO! 🙋‍♀️ Conditional 0, conditional 1, 2 and 3. Mixed conditionals, confusing conditionals. So many options, and most of them don’t make any sense! 😮 Well, in this episode I’m going to explain conditionals in a new way, and while it may not be conventional… it might finally make sense. (In a strange way. But hey, there are stranger things than that.) I’ll discuss the 3 main conditionals in English and share with you my method to practice them so you can use conditionals without second-guessing yourself. The main idea here is repetition. When we repeat things, they stick, and they become a habit. Conditional sentences are no different. A playlist with awesome drills for every day https://bit.ly/2JwNatG If you want to improve your accent and understand spoken English better, download my free American Accent audio crash course: https://theaccentsway.com/audio-accent-course/ Join our Facebook community to connect with non-native English learners from all over the world: https://theaccentsway.com/influency-community/
Dec 1
22 min
83. How to pronounce “vulnerable”
English words can be really confusing sometimes. In the how-to-pronounce episodes released every Friday, I’ll help you with the pronunciation of confusing or challenging words. This week we’re going to talk about how to pronounce the word “vulnerable”. Here’s a loose transcription of the word as explained in the episode: Word: vuhl-nuh-ruh-b’l or vuhln-ruh-b’l IPA: [ˈvʌl.nə.rə.bəl] or [ˈvʌln.rə.bəl] If you want to improve your accent and understand spoken English better, download my free American Accent audio crash course: https://theaccentsway.com/audio-accent-course/ You can also download an interactive list of 50 of the most mispronounced words in English and master the pronunciation of those tricky words: https://theaccentsway.com/mispro-signup/ Join our Facebook community to connect with non-native English learners from all over the world: https://theaccentsway.com/influency-community/
Nov 27
4 min
82. 10-min Powerful Pronunciation Practice | HADAR’S SPRINT
DOWNLOAD THE PDF WITH THE SPRINT DRILLS: https://bit.ly/2H5eeiE A Sprint is a 10-min exercise that I’ve developed, aimed at building pronunciation confidence using new sounds, new words, and common grammar structures, through consistent repetition. In this video, you’ll get to drill a wide range of elements: pronunciation of important sounds, tricky consonant transitions, intonation of questions, and much more. The repetition creates new pronunciation habits, so it becomes easier to use these sounds, retrieve the words, and internalize the grammar rule. Pronunciation confidence is my unique teaching technique that has helped thousands of my students. Those who have used my different Sprints on a daily basis say that it works like MAGIC and they share incredible results. If you liked this Sprint, you’re probably going to like the SPRINT MASTER – 30 different Sprints for a powerful daily practice: https://hadarshemesh.com/sprint-master More episodes with practice: Sprint #1: https://hadarshemesh.com/podcast/58/ 15 Minute Morning Pronunciation Practice: https://theaccentsway.com/pronunciation-practice-english/ Addictive “Do the Drills” YT Playlist: https://bit.ly/32OypZL
Nov 24
15 min
81. Introverts Learning English
What is the best way for you to learn English as introverts? If you are an introvert you know that some of the English learning methods out there are not as effective for you. Introverts need to acknowledge and understand their needs and use the right learning methods that work best for them. In this episode, I will share with you some strategies that can help you improve your English without going against your nature. If you want to improve your accent and understand spoken English better, download my free American Accent audio crash course: https://theaccentsway.com/audio-accent-course/ You can also download an interactive list of 50 of the most mispronounced words in English and master the pronunciation of those tricky words: https://theaccentsway.com/mispro-signup/ Join our Facebook community to connect with non-native English learners from all over the world: https://theaccentsway.com/influency-community/
Nov 20
14 min
80. Do you sound FRIENDLY in English? (What you need to know about TONE OF VOICE)
Tone of voice in English – Is it possible to change the meaning of what you’re saying, without changing your words? The answer is – YES Go to my blog post to watch the video, learn more & practice: https://bit.ly/35y81Fh We use our voice to express our emotions and feelings. It plays a huge role in our communication with other people. We often put more meaning into the speaker’s tone of voice (how they say things) than into the words they use. And sometimes it only takes a slight change in our voice for something to be taken as a joke, an insult, or a friendly comment. If you want to become more expressive and engaging, and help people connect with you – exploring your tone of voice is the way! In this episode, I’ll show you how the same sentence can be said in many different ways. Go to my blog post to find a list of example sentences and practice using a different tone each time. More useful videos for your voice: Do you change your voice when you speak English? Here’s why (+ listen to my voice in Hebrew😲) https://theaccentsway.com/change-your-voice-in-english/ How to Use Your Voice in ENGLISH to Sound Powerful and Confident https://theaccentsway.com/improve-your-speaking-voice-in-english/ How to Practice Your Intonation In English [Podcast] https://hadarshemesh.com/podcast/13/ If you want to improve your accent and understand spoken English better, download my free American Accent audio crash course: https://theaccentsway.com/audio-accent-course/ Join our Facebook community to connect with non-native English learners from all over the world: https://theaccentsway.com/influency-community/
Nov 17
19 min
79. How to pronounce words ending with ‘-ial’
English words can be really confusing sometimes. In the how-to-pronounce episodes released every Friday, I’ll help you with the pronunciation of confusing or challenging words. This week we’re going to talk about how to pronounce words that end with the suffix ‘-ial’. Get your FREE ‘-ial’ Suffix Pronunciation Practice here: https://theaccentsway.com/suffix-download/ Here’s a loose transcription of the words as explained in the episode: memorial: me-mo-ree-y’l [IPA: məˈmɔːriəl ] testimonial: tes-tuh-mow-nee-y’l [IPA: ˌtestəˈmoʊniəl] editorial: e-duh-to-ree-y’l [IPA: ˌedəˈtɔːriəl] trivial: triv-y’l [IPA:ˈtrɪvjəl]   When this suffix appears after a SH sound, it changes: financial: fai-nan-sh’l [IPA: faɪˈnænʃəl] social: sow-sh’l [IPA: ˈsoʊʃəl] commercial: kuh-mur-sh’l [IPA: kəˈmɝːʃəl] martial: mar-sh’l [IPA: ˈmɑːrʃəl] influential: in-flu-en-sh’l [IPA: ˌɪnfluˈenʃəl] potential: puh-ten-sh’l [IPA: pəˈtenʃəl ] controversial: kaan-truh-vur-sh’l [IPA: ˌkɑːntrəˈvɝːʃəl]   If you want to improve your accent and understand spoken English better, download my free American Accent audio crash course: https://theaccentsway.com/audio-accent-course/ You can also download an interactive list of 50 of the most mispronounced words in English and master the pronunciation of those tricky words: https://theaccentsway.com/mispro-signup/ Join our Facebook community to connect with non-native English learners from all over the world: https://theaccentsway.com/influency-community/
Nov 13
7 min
78. Kamala Harris’s Victory Speech – American Intonation & Rhythm Analysis
Download a transcript with my visual intonation notes of the stressed words, reductions and rhythm notes: https://bit.ly/3leOlvM Kamala Harris, the new Vice-President-Elect of the US gave an inspiring victory speech this week. In this episode, I’ll break down a part of her speech and analyze the way she uses American prosody to send her strong and clear message to every woman and girl out there. Learn more about American Intonation: American INTONATION | What They don’t Teach You in School https://theaccentsway.com/american-intonation/ How to Practice Your Intonation In English [Podcast] – https://hadarshemesh.com/podcast/13/ How to practice intonation? | Bill Murray movie speech analysis + script https://theaccentsway.com/american-intonation-practice-pdf/ How to sound interesting in English | varied pitch vs. monotone | intonation – https://theaccentsway.com/intonation-pitch/ What makes a voice sound natural?🤔| Intonation Analysis of Google Assistant – https://theaccentsway.com/natural-voice/
Nov 9
15 min
77. How to pronounce “world”
English words can be really confusing sometimes. In the how-to-pronounce episodes released every Friday, I’ll help you with the pronunciation of confusing or challenging words. This week we’re going to talk about how to pronounce the word “world”. Here’s a loose transcription of the word as explained in the episode: World: w’rld [IPA: wɝːld] If you want to improve your accent and understand spoken English better, download my free American Accent audio crash course: https://theaccentsway.com/audio-accent-course/ You can also download an interactive list of 50 of the most mispronounced words in English and master the pronunciation of those tricky words: https://theaccentsway.com/mispro-signup/ Join our Facebook community to connect with non-native English learners from all over the world: https://theaccentsway.com/influency-community/
Nov 6
5 min
76. what really helped me become fluent…
I can’t speak! I don’t remember words! My English Sucks! Blah blah blah blah blah… If I had a penny for every negative thought someone in the English learning community has had about their English, I’d leave Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates in the dust and become the wealthiest woman on the planet. You guys, this is SERIOUS. These thoughts… They keep getting in your way. Wouldn’t it be nice to just – not have them? Listen to this episode to get my scientifically proven technique to overcome these thoughts. My source of inspiration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ow0lr63y4Mw Did you like this episode? Here are more that can help: Why English Learners Fail: https://theaccentsway.com/why-english-learners-fail/ Feeling like an Impostor in English? It’s not you. It’s the Impostor Syndrome: https://hadarshemesh.com/podcast/11/ Speak English Like A Native Speaker – THE MYTH: https://theaccentsway.com/speak-english-like-a-native-speaker-myth/ The TRUTH About How We TALK And How We Get HEARD ✊ With Samara Bay: https://theaccentsway.com/how-we-talk-with-samara-bay/ If you want to improve your accent and understand spoken English better, download my free American Accent audio crash course: https://theaccentsway.com/audio-accent-course/ Join our Facebook community to connect with non-native English learners from all over the world: https://theaccentsway.com/influency-community/
Nov 3
12 min
75. How to pronounce “schedule”
English words can be really confusing sometimes. In the how-to-pronounce episodes released every Friday, I’ll help you with the pronunciation of confusing or challenging words. This week we’re going to talk about how to pronounce the word “schedule” in American English. Here’s a loose transcription of the word as explained in the episode: Schedule: ske-dj’l [IPA: ˈskɛdʒəl] or ske-djuw-w’l [IPA: ˈskɛdʒuwəl] If you want to improve your accent and understand spoken English better, download my free American Accent audio crash course: https://theaccentsway.com/audio-accent-course/ You can also download an interactive list of 50 of the most mispronounced words in English and master the pronunciation of those tricky words: https://theaccentsway.com/mispro-signup/ Join our Facebook community to connect with non-native English learners from all over the world: https://theaccentsway.com/influency-community/
Oct 30
4 min
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