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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.

Should You Use Should?

Students often use the word “should” incorrectly. “Should” is not a replacement for “have to.”

Here is how should is used: You shouldn’t swear in church. You shouldn’t take someone’s food without asking. You should have apologized to him for eating his lunch.

Occasionally should is used to mean very likely, for example: “According to the weather forecast, it should rain tomorrow.”

Here’s an example of how a conversation between two Americans might sound:

“We should get together this weekend.”

“Yeah. How should I get to your house?”

“Take the highway to exit 45. Go north on 34 for about eight miles. Then turn right onto Beaver Road. You should be able to see my house from the road, it’s the bright pink house on the hill.”

“Do I have to take the highway? There’s construction.”

“Well it’s the easiest way to cross the river, otherwise you’d have to use the other bridge and drive a lot farther.”

Notice the directions were not worded “You should take the highway… You should go north…”

It’s always easy to replace “should” with something else, so if you don’t want to you don’t have to use it.