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Muscular Language | A gender-discourse activity

I’ve observed that in meetings and other forums, female managers all too frequently offer their perspectives couched in tentative language or hedge their opinions when they ought to be asserting their views more compellingly.   1,108 more words

Julian Treasure: How to speak so that people want to listen

Julian Treasure , a sound expert, demonstrates some useful vocal exercises and shares tips on how to speak with empathy. He passionately tells us how we can make ours a sonorous world of listening and understanding.

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Giongo (擬音語), Giseigo (擬声語), and Gitaigo (擬態語): Japanese Onomatopoeia

You don’t have to be in Japan long to start to hear them.  Those funny sounding, repeating words that sound both funny and foreign to the uninitiated.   223 more words

Listening Skills

Normalising normal life in EFL materials

When I was writing my Speaking Skills book, I had the standard list of things not to include. No opposite sex co-habiting, no shopping for shorts or miniskirts, avoid dogs. 568 more words


Speaking Skills Presentation

Another presentation, this time about effective speaking skills.  Me and my partner, Harrison Lappa, created this presentation to showcase the 4 basic points to effective speaking, and presenting a topic or idea. 47 more words

Fall, Water, and Rain: Expressions and Vocab

For Vancouverites, the end of summer ushers the start of rain.  Rather than dwell on the loss of our flawless, bluebird days, I’d rather use the climatic change as a springboard for learning more about expressions of the fall, rain, and water. 216 more words

Listening Skills

3 Ways to annoy your audience right at the start of your presentation

The most important part of any presentation is connecting with your audience (because they’re more likely to listen to you if you do), so it’s very sad to see people annoying the audience with their first words. 214 more words