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Jun 26

Join Our Summer Intonation Workshop!

By Paul Baston | Uncategorized

Ashley and Paul are back...

You may have been wondering about the radio silence from English Pronunciation Roadmap's blog...

Well to reassure you, we are very much still alive
  🙂

We've just been ... rather busy! More on that soon.

But first of all, we're launching
 a brand new training that will give more people access to personal help & feedback than ever before...

Curious? Read on!

Get Personal Feedback With Our Summer Intonation Workshop

Tutorial videos are great...

But there's nothing quite like learning & transforming your speech by working in dialogue with a real expert.

Sometimes the best insights come from conversations, from person-to-person contact.

Especially live, 1-on-1 coaching.

But that's pretty expensive and time-consuming for a lot of people.

So we want to make you an offer for the Summer. A way to get personal feedback on your speech to take you further forward in your confidence speaking English.

In short, here's what we're offering:

1. Watch EPR Co-Founder Ashley Howard in a recorded 1-to-1 coaching session.

He'll guide his student – and you – through the most important aspects of English Intonation.

You'll observe how he helps the student improve in confidence.

(in the last 12+ years Ashley has clocked literally thousands of hours of coaching people just like you.)

2. Get your burning questions answered 

...in a live/recorded Q&A session with Ashley

3. Submit your recording for personal spoken feedback

from Ashley or Paul (EPR Co-Founders).

What's Covered In The Class?

It's based on the 3 Core Foundations of English Intonation that Ashley started developing in 2006.

Since then, he's had almost 10,000 students go through his training (don’t worry, it’s been updated many times over the years!)

And these 3 Core Foundations have been tested in hundreds of languages all over the world.

So what are they?

Core Foundation 1 - The Song of English

This is all about how to use the pitch of your voice not just correctly, but with impact too.

Ashley will also reveal the top stress patterns that so many non-native speakers struggle with.

Core Foundation 2 - The Mountain Peak and Silent Valleys

In this part of the class, Ashley will teach his student (and you!) how to choose which word to stress in a sentence. It's all about breaking down language into 'chunks' of speech - done correctly, this can be really empowering.

Many speakers do this ineffectively, and it can lead to headaches and frustration. Ashley will guide you through how to approach this process in a way that's simple but effective.

He'll also show you when not to worry about stress – in many cases you DO stress the correct words already, and you'll discover why this is.

Core Foundation 3 - The Resting Rhythm

You've probably noticed that English has a very particular rhythm to it, but it's very hard to describe.

And even harder to emulate, right?

That's what the Resting Rhythm is all about. You'll find out how to use it in your next English conversation.

Tying Things Together

The real magic is in how each of these Core Foundations interacts with the other, how one complements the other to make your intonation sound and feel more natural and authentic.

– –

For this level of personal help, you'd normally need to pay an experienced coach over £100.

But we are offering this at a tiny fraction of the cost of personal coaching.

If you want to start sounding and feeling natural when you speak English, this special class is for you.

How To Get Access To The Class, Q&A and Personal Feedback?

First of all, to be clear, everyone who signs up for the class will receive personal feedback.

But also:

One lucky student will be coached 1-to-1 by Ashley.

If you're chosen, we'll record the session and it'll be available to watch by the other members (no-one else).

One Lucky Member Gets Coached ... Everyone Gets Personal Feedback

We want everyone in the community to benefit from this live coaching session (because the content is super relevant – irrespective of ability or first language).


So here's what will happen:

1.

Anyone who is interested pays just £9.90 to join. It's a one-time payment.

2.

Once registration closes, we’ll announce the lucky member who is going to be coached. If it's you, we'll be in touch to arrange a session at a time that suits you and Ashley. This person will also get access to the Roadmap Training & audio


(don't worry – if you aren't the lucky student, we'll still provide full learning materials for the topics covered in the class)

3.

The coaching session will be recorded and uploaded to a private, members-only page on our website.  Members of the private community can watch on-demand.

4.

Get access to a Live Q&A. After the class, Ashley will hold an 'ask me anything' Q&A session to help with any questions or difficulties you have after watching the class. Don't worry – if you miss it and still have a question, you can post it in the community and we'll respond. The Q&A will be recorded and available in the private community.

5.

EVERYONE gets personal feedback!


Once the class and Q&A are over, you'll have the chance to send in a recording of yourself speaking out some of the material covered in the class. 


Submit it privately via our website and in return you'll receive recorded, completely personalised feedback from one of the Co-Founders (Ashley or Paul).


Your coach will record themselves listening to your recording & giving feedback and guidance. Then they'll send your ‘feedback audio' directly to you with actionable next steps to get more clear & natural in English.

Why £9.90?

We could be charging over £100 for this class.

Ashley and Paul’s time is very valuable and limited. One-to-one coaching, plus the materials, plus the QnA, plus personal feedback is a hugely generous offer.

It's our way of helping as many people as possible ...whilst covering our costs. 

Paying the £9.90 simply covers the time we'll spend making your personal feedback recording.

But luckily for you, paying £9.90 means you get all of this:

  • Personalised Feedback based on your voice, your habits – no one else
  •  A Members-Only Recording of the Coaching Session to watch on-demand
  • Live & Recorded Q&A Session with Ashley
  • Private Community to get your burning questions answered by an expert coach
  • Bonus Materials so you can practice the topics covered in the session and really start changing your speech for the long term.

Anything Else?

​What if I don't want to be coached?

If you get chosen and you would rather just watch and learn instead, no problem: we’ll just choose another lucky member.

I want a longer course – are you planning on extending this ...and can I get a discount?

Yes, we’re thinking of running this as a longer coaching course later this year.

So if you sign up to this, we’ll give you a special discount code for the bigger course.

Places Are LIMITED

As we're sure you'll understand, we can't offer this much personal help to our thousands of subscribers.

So if you're considering it, we encourage you to take the plunge and secure your place today.

If you’re feeling stuck and need a bit of motivation,

... or feel enthusiastic and want to kick start your English accent journey,

(and simply want to dig deeper and get even better than you already are)...

... then join this class for what is the same price as a couple of coffees and piece of cake.

Click the link below – we'll see you inside!

Speak soon,

Ashley & Paul

P.S. Remember we will be limiting spots for this class, so get in there soon if you're interested:

Jul 16

Does Theresa May Pronounce 'Negotiate' Correctly?

By Paul Baston | Uncategorized

One of our subscribers posted a question recently about how to pronounce the word 'negotiate' correctly in English.

Then it came to my attention that there wasn't exactly a lot of consistency in the way our politicians are pronouncing this word.

So, ahead of the Brexit talks, I was wondering if our Prime Minister was pronouncing the word correctly. I mean, it would be a good start at least, right?

But is she?

Can Jeremy Corbyn for that matter?

Find out in this week's Word Of The Week video:

 

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Jul 09

How To Pronounce 'Loose' vs. 'Lose' in English

By Paul Baston | Uncategorized

What is the difference between the words ‘loose’ and ‘lose’ in British English?

A dictionary will tell you that the /l/ and /u:/ stay exactly the same, and the only difference is the /s/ and /z/ at the end.

But that's simply not true.

In fact, there's a much bigger difference that the dictionary won't tell you...

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Jun 25

English Pronunciation: 'or' vs. 'oh'

By Paul Baston | Word Of The Week

What is the difference between the words ‘caught’ and ‘coat’ in British English?

And how on Earth can we begin 'decoding' the confusing English spellings that go along with them?

All is covered in Paul's Word Of The Week video:

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Jun 18

Silent Letters In English

By Paul Baston | Uncategorized

Can you spot the silent letters?

– honest

– horrible

– lenis

– debris

– talc

– chalk

Confused? Then check out today's Word Of The Week video:

 

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Jun 11

How To Pronounce "Think" vs. "Sink" (use this 'TH' exercise!)

By Paul Baston | How To Pronounce , Word Of The Week

What is the difference between the words ‘think’ and ‘sink’ in British English?

If the TH sound isn't in your home language, how can you learn how to pronounce it confidently?

 

Check out today's Word Of The Week video for...

– descriptions,

– illustrations

– PLUS a great exercise for learning the TH sound:

 

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May 28

How To Pronounce "Caught" vs. "Cot" In Standard British English

By Paul Baston | Word Of The Week

What is the difference between the words ‘cot’ and ‘caught’ in British English?
And how do they compare to vowels in other languages?
This week’s suggestion came from a Brazilian Portuguese speaker:
(if you speak Portuguese, today’s your lucky day!)
I go deeper into how ‘caught' compares to the vovó / vovǒ vowels
BUT, if you speak Spanish, Arabic (and many, many more languages) then the "vovǒ" sound will sound familiar too, and will be a good reference point.
Either way, if you’re anything like me, you have a real love of languages and sound.
So it can be really beneficial to get a good ‘vowel orientation’, regardless of the vowels in your home language.
So watch the video now and don’t forget to give me a suggestion for next week!

 

 

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