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Hi I’m Jonathan, thanks for visiting my website, I hope you find it useful. I’m an American. I speak standard American English with a neutral accent.
I teach English to intermediate and advanced students across the world with the convenience of Skype. Pronunciation and accent reduction is my specialty. I can also help you practice speaking English to improve your fluency. I correct grammatical mistakes and suggest more natural sounding phrases and vocabulary.
I can help you with pronunciation by using my pronunciation exercises, or while you’re reading something, or during conversation.
If you want to practice talking I can give you informal, conversation-style lessons.
I’ve been able to observe many students becoming more fluent and making big improvements in pronunciation.
Sometimes students make the vowel in “you too” tense. This vowel needs to be relaxed and long. To make this vowel, just open your mouth slightly. Your tongue as well as the rest of your mouth should be completely relaxed. The other important thing about this vowel is the end of it; at the end of the sound, pucker your lips slightly. Only slightly. All these words have this vowel sound:
soon students move to new school
do you to Rubik’s Cube too
knew blue mood food
Here are those words in sentences:
Soon the students will move to the new school.
Do you know how to do the Rubik’s Cube too?
She knew he was in a blue mood and brought him some food.
Often, especially in informal situations, the words “to” and “do” are reduced; the vowel is only started and is very short.