The Power of 10 Minutes

The Power of 10 Minutes We live in a world where everyone is busy, busy, busy. There are too many things to do and our days do not seem long enough to get all the things done. How can we possibly squeeze in anything else? However, if we really look, we find we do have […]

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The Perfect Pronunciation

Have you ever started a conversation with a stranger and within the first couple of seconds it feels like you’ve given away your “identity”?” Well, in my case, I always give it away when saying my first name. The conversation usually continues as “Oh, where’s your accent from?” Or, “You’re not from here, are you?” […]

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6 Tips for English Pronunciation Learners

  As a NCAA Division I athlete, I know what it takes to improve yourself every day. Getting better at the sport I love turned into a full-time job, however, it was not easy. The daily struggles of practice, a full class schedule, traveling and mandatory study hall was overwhelming. This was one of my […]

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It’s all about the vowels

What about consonants? One of the most common questions we get at Blue Canoe: why do we emphasize vowels? And why do we not talk about consonants? To answer, let me tell you my story. Five years ago, I made the decision to move from The Netherlands to the United States. I had just graduated […]

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