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The InFluency podcast is your go-to resource for learning, speaking and teaching English.
Hadar Shemesh is a pronunciation expert and fluency coach with thousands of students around the world, though she herself was an intermediate speaker of English once.
In this podcast she will share her best strategies for learning English, speaking English with confidence and mastering the American accent.

Discover how becoming fluent has everything to do with acquiring the right mindset, setting goals and learning how to overcome challenges.
Hadar will also share her teaching philosophy and techniques to support English teachers looking to help their students become fluent.

The InFluency Podcast Hadar Shemesh

    • Language Learning
    • 4.9 • 27 Ratings

The InFluency podcast is your go-to resource for learning, speaking and teaching English.
Hadar Shemesh is a pronunciation expert and fluency coach with thousands of students around the world, though she herself was an intermediate speaker of English once.
In this podcast she will share her best strategies for learning English, speaking English with confidence and mastering the American accent.

Discover how becoming fluent has everything to do with acquiring the right mindset, setting goals and learning how to overcome challenges.
Hadar will also share her teaching philosophy and techniques to support English teachers looking to help their students become fluent.

    Real Stories About What’s Possible | Interview with Szilvia

    Real Stories About What’s Possible | Interview with Szilvia

    My students and community members are truly inspiring. In these What’s Possible episodes, I’ll have a conversation with them about their journey, and in particular what has worked for them and led them to change the circumstances in their lives (for the better!).
    In this episode, Szilvia will tell you how she has overcome her fear of speaking and improved her fluency, and eventually started making meaningful connections and taking initiative in English.
    Watch the video version of the interview here: https://bit.ly/3EUbwrk

    Join our Facebook community to connect with non-native English learners from all over the world: https://hadarshemesh.com/influency-community/

    • 22 min
    How to pronounce silent letters in English + Free PDF download

    How to pronounce silent letters in English + Free PDF download

    English words with silent letters – like them or not, they’re here to stay and you just have to get to know them. But more than that, you have to practice them if you want to get their pronunciation right and use them confidently.
    Download a FREE practice PDF to practice these words with me: https://hadarshemesh.com/silent-letters-281-freebie/
    In this episode I share some of the most confusing examples out there of words with silent letters. Let me know in the comments below which one bugs you the most and come up with a sentence to practice it!
    How to remember vocabulary: https://hadarshemesh.com/magazine/how-to-learn-new-vocabulary/

    • 10 min
    How to pronounce ‘opportunity’

    How to pronounce ‘opportunity’

    English words can be really confusing sometimes.
    In these how-to-pronounce episodes published on Fridays, I’ll help you with the pronunciation of confusing words and common names.
    This week we’re going to talk about the word ‘opportunity’.
    Here’s a loose transcription of the word as explained in the episode:
    Opportunity: aa-p’r-TUW-nuh-dee [IPA: ˌɑːpəɹˈtuːnəɾi]
    Watch the video version here: https://hadarshemesh.com/magazine/opportunity/

    If you want to improve your accent and understand spoken English better, download my free American Accent audio crash course: https://hadarshemesh.com/audio-accent-course/
    You can also download an interactive list of 50 of the most mispronounced words in English and master the pronunciation of those tricky words: https://hadarshemesh.com/50-most-mispronounced-words/
    Join our Facebook community to connect with non-native English learners from all over the world: https://hadarshemesh.com/influency-community/
     

    • 2 min
    They criticized her English mistakes publicly... and this is how I responded

    They criticized her English mistakes publicly... and this is how I responded

    Is English really for everyone?
    Not according to a YouTube channel named… English for Everyone.
    The creators of this channel have published a series of critical videos targeting the mistakes of another YouTube creator with millions of followers – Marina Mogilko.
    Marina, a non-native speaker, immigrant, and a very successful creator and entrepreneur is an example of what’s possible when you use English to reach your dreams, and you don’t let your mistakes hold you back.
    But apparently, this seems to really bother the ’English for Everyone’ duo, who are on a mission to ‘expose’ Marina and portray her as a fraud, DESPITE the immense value she brings to her audience. (The numbers speak for themselves, yo!)
    But it’s not just Marina that they are targeting.
    It affects every non-native speaker who may one day dare to speak publicly.
    It’s validating the worst thoughts almost every non-native speaker has.
    It’s sending a message to non-native speakers that mistakes will cost them their dignity.
    In this video I want to share how problematic this approach is, the negative impact it has on the mindset of learners, and why we need to call people out on such behaviors so we can foster an environment that allows everyone to thrive.
    I also want to use this opportunity to show solidarity to my fellow non-native speaking teachers and say – WE NEED MORE OF YOU!
    WE NEED MORE NON-STANDARD ENGLISH VOICES IN THE ENGLISH TEACHING INDUSTRY.
    Don’t let the grammar police and those who think that English belongs to them stop you from reaching your dreams, making an impact, motivating people, and driving students to take action in a positive way.
    Because at the end of the day, what REALLY counts, is that you dare to speak.
    And say what you think and want.
    And how you make others feel.
    And what DOESN’T count – is if you used ‘at’ instead of ‘on’.
    I also want to use this opportunity to give a shoutout to my fellow non-native English-speaking creators teaching in English.
    You ROCK and you’re making a difference!
    Lingua Marina: https://www.youtube.com/@linguamarina

    More episodes on this topic: 
    Speak English Like A Native Speaker – THE MYTH https://hadarshemesh.com/magazine/speak-english-like-a-native-speaker-myth/
    Feel Stuck in English? Here’s Why (The Illusion of Learning) https://hadarshemesh.com/magazine/the-illusion-of-learning-english/
    What Do You Do When Someone Criticizes Your English? https://hadarshemesh.com/magazine/how-to-handle-criticism-of-your-english/
    This person criticized my English… This is my response https://hadarshemesh.com/magazine/a-native-english-speaker-criticized-my-english/

    • 17 min
    How to pronounce 'sorry'

    How to pronounce 'sorry'

    English words can be really confusing sometimes.
    In these how-to-pronounce episodes published on Fridays, I’ll help you with the pronunciation of confusing words and common names.
    This week we’re going to talk about the word ‘sorry’.
    Here’s a loose transcription of the word as explained in the episode:
    Sorry: saa-ree [IPA: ˈsɑːɹi]
    Watch the video version here: https://hadarshemesh.com/magazine/sorry/

    If you want to improve your accent and understand spoken English better, download my free American Accent audio crash course: https://hadarshemesh.com/audio-accent-course/
    You can also download an interactive list of 50 of the most mispronounced words in English and master the pronunciation of those tricky words: https://hadarshemesh.com/50-most-mispronounced-words/
    Join our Facebook community to connect with non-native English learners from all over the world: https://hadarshemesh.com/influency-community/
     

    • 2 min
    Learn how to pronounce the months of the year

    Learn how to pronounce the months of the year

    In this episode, I’ll teach you how to pronounce all 12 months in the year, plus, I added a few bonus tips about knowing which prepositions to use when we talk about months and dates (yes, those tricky little prepositions in, on, and at)!
    What month is the most challenging for YOU to pronounce?
    Want to keep practicing? Use my pronunciation confidence method! Tune in here: https://hadarshemesh.com/podcast/42/

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Alamour Moataz ,

Appreciation

Hi Hadar. I just want to thank you for the great content and the hard work and effort you do to make these great episodes. I really like the variety here. That makes it easier for me to listen to what I need to improve , I fon't feel like I have to go else where to any other podcast. Yours is more than enough. Thanks again you brilliant.

eran735 ,

Mandatory for anyone that want to master English

This podcast is really great and it’s mandatory for anyone who want to take his English to the next level

meirke2020 ,

Meir

Great for learning accent

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