Spoken English for Business

Improve your spoken English for business because most business people today need to be able to speak English clearly and with confidence.

If you've not been taught English by a native speaker you may have excellent written and listening skills but may mispronounce some words making it difficult for people to understand what you are saying. To improve your spoken English for business you need to be aware of some of the mistakes people make.

Common mistakes made when using Spoken English for Business

  • 'Because' should sound like becuz and not becos
  • 'Company' should sound like Cumpany. This applies to 'some','come','one' and 'once' as well.
  • 'Work' should sound like werk. The vowel sound should sound the same as in the word 'her'.
  • 'Book' and 'Boot' should have totally different vowel sounds even though both are 'oo'. The sound needed is the same as for 'should', 'would' and 'could' and your mouth needs to be open and the 'uh' sound comes from the back of your throat.
  • 'Hair' and 'Her' can often sound the same as can 'where' and 'were'. The sound in 'hair' and 'where' is a two sounding vowel so your mouth needs to change shaoe as you say it - this means it needs tobe open fairly wide to start with.
  • The 'r' sound is usually too strong so you need to soften it, making door sound more like daw
  • The 'th' sounds needs to become a habit so that it sounds natural. Your tongue needs to go between your teeth BEFORE you start to make the sound and if you look in a mirror you should be able to see the tip of your tongue before you make the sound.
  • The 'oh' sound as found in 'no' is often pronounced like the 'oh' in 'not'. This is particularly noticeable in words like 'don't' and 'won't'. You need to have a lazy tongue to make this sound correctly, there should be no tension in the tongue and it should be in the middle of your mouth.
  • 'Little' often sounds like 'leetle' and it shouldn't. The 'i' is a short sound and is totally different than the 'ee' sound. You need to avoid stretching your lips out (like a smile).

If you have a Chinese background you may have difficulty with 'said' sounding like 'sad'


Online course that will help your pronunciation of English

This course focuses totally on voice exercises for most of the vowel and consonant sounds made in English. I cover 16 vowel sounds and 23 consonant sounds as well as a few oddities of English pronunciation. I will show you how these sounds should be made, what shape your mouth should be, where your tongue should be and you will hear what they should sound like. In each lecture there is an opportunity for you to repeat the exercises after me. This is helpful for anyone who mumbles or wishes to soften their accent - whatever accent they have.

I am 100% confident that there isn't another course like this. If you enrol on the course and find a particular sound you have trouble with is missing you only need to message me and I will add it in a new lecture. I want everyone to have confidence and fun when speaking.

What people say about the course

'A great and informative course - What a good idea of Serena's to do a speech course where the learner can participate and learn how to speak better' - Anne

'A great starter course if your looking to improve your speaking' - Mike

'Lots of helpful information and explanations given including some theory, eg monothong, diphthong as well as time to practise the exercise for each sound.'  - Samantha

'A very good introductory course - I especially like the way each practise video is short and to the point.' - Seyhan

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Pronunciation Course Details

What people say about my courses

'Recommend to all speakers of the English Language who wish to improve or correct their pronunciation. The Teacher has a great way of explaining concepts and the reasons why a pronunciation should be correctly pronounced in a certain way. I like the tutor's way of teaching,which is a traditional style,that has substance and clarity. Video and Audio quality is very good.' - Shaun, Aug 2018

'I had a mumbling issue which led me to go to a speech therapist and pay £100 per session, after losing £200 and still not having a solution, I came across this course and I had quickly found the solution to my problem. Over and above that, I got a lot more out of this course, more than anything a real enlightenment as to how I speak, how that comes across and how I can improve my speech to get better outcomes out of conversations and speeches. Thank you Serena.' Reuben, Aug 2018

What people say about me .....

You are a "Guru" (teacher) in the true sense of the word, as you impart and share your knowledge in totality, and I'm lucky to have you as a teacher. Kavita.

'....explained everything professionally well and honest she gave very good useful tips and has this unique charm and engaging voice that soothes my fears of always being afraid to speak to others because they might judge me and she was thoroughly precise and to the point and she gave quite a lot of useful longevity tips for everyday use. IMPRESSIVE 5 STARS!!'  Laurie , Aug 2018

I’m lucky enough to have had some elocution classes with Serena face-to-face some years ago in Bournemouth. Having English as a second language I used Serena’s knowledge and professionalism to help me, at first, to understand that an accent can be a part of your character and this gives your speech some flavour. The important bit is to understand and learn how to speak every single word clearly, with a good pace, with high and lows which make your speech interesting. It was enlightening, and now I have found online all those wonderful classes with a genuine English lady. This is priceless. Thank you Serena! - Newton, Feb 2018