English Speech apps on promotion

Hello,

Accent reduction is a process that requires time, effort and useful tools. We have been on the market since 2006 and have published bestselling books in series Get Rid of your Accent and later developed accent reduction apps for all levels of English ( beginners, intermediate advanced proficiency, public speaking) and a variety of topics, from essential phrases, to Business English and classic poetry and prose.

Today we have fantastic news for you, for the first time we are running a promotion for our three bestselling apps:

  • English Accent for Beginners is now £7.99, the full price is £13.99. This app contains essential modern English vocabulary, words, phrases, sentences and verses.

  • Get Rid of your Accent UK1 is now £7.99, the full price is £13.99. This app is a classic elocution course to master RP (Received Pronunciation), or as it was called in the past the Queens English, Oxford English or BBC English.

  • Business English Speech is now £7.99, the full price £19.99. This is the only app on the market that contains speech training and business English vocabulary. It is written in the style of Financial Times and The Economist.

The promotion will last 8 days only.

We also publish supporting videos on our YouTube channel where we explain the most difficult speech patterns to our followers. Bellow is the link to our most recent video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIlLY4aRvjc

 

For more information about our books and apps visit www.batcsglobal.com

Yours

 

Olga Smith

All we need is...

This article can be helpful for people who want to study a language and other skills in an efficient way.

I learned Italian using YouTube, audio books and speaking with friends in Italian for 6 months and as a result I have developed good speaking and listening skills.

Two weeks ago, I joined a group in a college with intention to enhance my Italian and bring it t the next level. I was very disappointed to find out that my co-students could not speak Italian after learning it for three years in this college. During the class the teacher kept talking most of the time, students did some grammar exercises, but when it came to speaking the language they could hardly say simple sentences. I said to myself, if I continue with them I might lose my ability to speak Italian and I have decided to get my money back and leave this college.

When I learned English in EFL colleges I faced the same problems: the teachers talks, we speak little and just learn patterns without enough practice.

I believe that the best way to learn a new skill is to have minimum theory and lots of practice. That's why 12 years ago I have decided to write books for mastering English speech together with my speech tutor Linda James, who is one of the top speech tutors in London.  Our books and apps help develop standard British accent, or the Queens English, also known in the past as BBC English. We give 10% of theory and 90% of practice. With our apps you can listen to RP (Received Pronunciation), repeat, record yourself and finally compare your speech with model pronunciation.

In conclusion I want to stress that practice is the key to develop most skills. Today thanks to internet, many great books and apps we hardly need colleges with teachers. All we need is self-discipline to study every day.

Accent Reduction Video Course

We have started working on our new video course where we show you how English sounds are created in the mouth. Many of our students asked for it and we enjoy doing it. It will be ready in 2-3 months time. Email oriana_r@hotmail.com to receive the link to our new video course.

Can you afford to wait for the society to change?

21 March 2019

By Olga Smith

Can you afford to wait for the society to change?

Hello,

Superprof (an online tutoring database, has 2,868 online elocution tutors offering one-to-one lessons), reported that, inquiries for elocution lessons increased by more than 23.5%, compared with the same period in 2015.

Here are some of the reasons to change one's accent which various people stated:

"Since I moved from Manchester to London two years ago, I have been mocked about my accent, which made me think about softening some of my rougher edges. Regional accents not only indicate where we are from, but can reveal our social class, while a recent study found that broad regional accents can be a barrier to social mobility."

“I always thought, when I was going for certain parts, that having a northern accent might hinder my chances. When I was 19 or 20, I tried to change my accent a little. I just felt like people would take me more seriously if I spoke better.”

“It was something I was really self-conscious about because people think that people with a Birmingham accent are quite stupid,”

 “Outside of parliament, people definitely will use it as a tool to have a go at you,” she says. “They’ll say you sound thick and you’re common and you don’t speak properly.”

Here are the research data about accent change:

1. "The associations between intelligence and forms of middle-class and elite speech and accent are deeply woven into British class structures."

2." A broad regional accent might hold you in good stead in some jobs, but can be a drawback in more upwardly mobile careers. “There may be some kind of expectation that, if you’ve secured a good degree and aced teacher training, then why didn’t you modify your accent as a linguistic means to signal that you are moving up in the world.”

 3."An employer might send somebody for accent softening, and actually what they mean is that the employee’s voice doesn’t quite sound formal. The difference between sounding formal and informal, lies in speaking too quickly, mumbling or reductions in speech such as the glottal stop – an abrupt silence that replaces T and, occasionally, other consonants at the end of words."

4. Other differences, such as TH-fronting, which is pronouncing “th” as “f” or “v”, can affect your employability. “The more somebody says ‘munf’ rather than month, ‘fru’ rather than through, we will consider that to be a marker that they are less employable. Because it is perceived to be a measure of socioeconomic status.”

The Guardian writer who came up with all these facts asked at the end: "Can we change society, so that people aren’t told they have to change themselves?"  I think if someone has passion, money and time to change the society they can go ahead and do it. It is a question of how long this change will take and whether  it will ever change. I prefer to speak with RP now and be successful now. I cannot afford to wait for the society to change. Can you?

My learning experiences: what works and what doesn't

Hello,

I am learning two things now: how to dance beautifully and speak Italian. I have a private dance tutor who is an incredible dancer. As a publisher of Get Rid of your Accent  apps and books and RP (Received Pronunciation, in the past known as Queen's English or BBC English) I always strive to learn what works and what doesn't for students who are trying to learn new skills. In this blog I want to share with you my knowledge about teaching and learning processes.

Learning to dance is very similar to learning to speak with a different accent. When I learn to dance I learn how to move my body the way I want. This is exactly what you learn during accent reduction: the first thing you learn is how to move your speech organs in the correct way. In our apps and books, the number one thing is to make it very clear how to place your speech organs correctly, secondly you pronounce the sound on its own, then in words, sentences and verses. It is a process, in which we break it up into small parts and our students learn very fast, because it s simple and clear.

On the contrary, my dance tutor tends to show me a very difficult routine and asks me to repeat it. I cannot do it and then she shows it to me again in a very fast way, and I that doesn't help at all. When I asked her to show me little moves slowly I succeeded. I conclude: the number one thing in learning is to break the thing you learn into small parts and master each part  separately. If you rush, you are likely to make a mistakes.

I've  just came back from Italy where I did a 3 weeks course in Italian. During my course we were studying grammar and hardly had very little practice. By the middle of my course in Italy I realised that I speak worse than before. Prior to this course, I practiced a lot of speaking, listening and repeating and may-be my grammar was not as good, but I was more fluent. In my opinion, the number two thing in learning a new skill is 10% of theory and 90% of practice. Unfortunately, many tutors do it the other way around, 90% of theory which makes them speak most of the time, and 10% of practice for students. That is probably why our accent apps and books are very popular, because we follow these two rules and our students get the results instantly.

Good luck with your study,

Yours

Olga Smith

www.batcsglobal.com

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Important rules of speech writing and presenting

A couple of days ago I've taught one of my students. He is a barrister and presents his speeches in Courts. He is highly intelligent and eloquent. English is his native language. When we started working on one of his speeches, we had to cut some words, put stresses and liaisons. My student was surprised how simple rules that I taught him changed the quality of his speech. He said he never heard of these rules. He encouraged me to write a blog about rules of speech writing and presenting.

Bellow is the list of main rules of speech writing and presenting:

1. Never start a sentence with a preposition "and". 

2. Stress the most important words that contain the meaning and the essence of a sentence. As a rule we stress numbers, names, strong words like "never", "not".

3. Write short sentences and use short punchy words. There is a difference between a written and a spoken word. It' is fine to use long sentences if you write a PhD thesis or a scientific article for a magazine because readers can read it several times if needed. But if you speak in long sentences, then your listeners might feel lost in words and lose the plot. Thus you might fail to deliver your message. Very often when I help to prepare speeches I often cut 30% of words. I would like to give you an exercise:

a) Write your speech, then record it.

b) Read your speech again and delete unimportant words. Record this speech again using pauses and stresses correctly.

c) Compare these two speeches.

You will find rules and practical exercises for speech in our apps "4Ps, Power, Pitch, Pace, Pause" and "Fluent English Speech". They will help you to make your speeches impressive, powerful and interesting.

Yours

Olga Smith

They didn't get a chance to get a job because of their accent

23 January 2019

By Olga Smith

A few weeks ago, I was talking to a friend who works as a recruiter in Silicon Valley.

He conducts phone interviews, and if the interviewee is successful, he conducts a personal interview with a job applicant, many of whom are non-native English speakers. He said, “It’s harder to understand someone with an accent, especially on the phone. I feel frustrated because I can’t understand what they are saying.”  He further added that regretfully, many job applicants do not have a second interview because of their strong accent.

 On average, it takes between one and three months to neutralise a strong accent and make one's speech clear and easy to understand. People start with a speech analysis, then book a few lessons and practice at home. This process of accent reduction costs around £500-£1,000 on average.

 My recruiter friend also told me an interesting fact, "We have many people already working in Silicon Valley who have strong Chinese or Indian accents. Many of them make $150k per year, however if they spoke more clearly, they would find it easier to be promoted and could earn up to $500k per year."

 If you are looking for a new job or a promotion, why wouldn't you invest in improving the clarity of your speech?

 Our company, which has helped hundreds of people with strong accents to start a new job or get a promotion, has recently published an easy to use and powerful app, built specifically for business people: Business English Speech.

 

This app will give you four benefits to boost your career. It will:

 1. Prepare you for a job interview

2. Improve your business emails writing skills

3. Enrich your business vocabulary

4. Improve your listening skills

 Download the app today.

When you find it useful and if you write a review, you will receive a FREE thirty minutes speech analysis with a written report that will speed up neutralising your accent (usually it costs £120).

 Contact olga.smith.batcs@gmail.com  to book your speech analysis. Visit www.batcsglobal.com to download a free lesson from our new app.

 

Our new book is another bestseller!

We are delighted to announce that our new book "Get Rid of your Accent for Beginners" by Linda James and Olga Smith became an instant bestseller.

This new book is a total solution for accent reduction, and helps you to:

  1. Ger rid of insecurities when speaking English

  2. Break the barrier to speak English

  3. Become confident and competent speaker of English

  4. Enhance your image, get a better job prospects and improve your social opportunities.

Join our success story today! Find out more on www.batcsglobal.com

Accelerating Success for Immigrants and International Business People

Guest blog post
Bud Smith

There is a phenomenon called "immigrant energy" that makes some immigrants to English-speaking countries very successful. However, mastering English - which increases people's success - often takes several generations:

  • The first generation has either no English skills, or limited English skills, with a strong or very strong accent.

  • The second generation speaks their parents' language at home and English at school, which leaves them with less English skill and either a strong or a mild accent.

  • The third generation speaks English at home and at school, giving them full English skills and a mild accent or no accent.

International business people often follow a similar trajectory.

Our Get Rid of your Accent products accelerate this process. We help first-generation immigrants and international business people graduate quickly to a mild accent. That way, people have the energy of new immigrants, but the language skills of the second or third generation.

By reducing your accent and speaking in clear, understandable English, you change the subject. It's no longer, "What country are you from?" Instead, you talk about work, education, fun, family - whatever you want to talk about.

If you don't already use one of our products, we suggest you book a speech analysis on Skype or consider buying one of our book and app combinations today.

A purpose of "small talk"​

As a typical Russian I was rubbish at "small talk". I found it boring and useless. I want an instant connection on a deep level. For me, small talk was a waste of my time. A typical small talk is usually about the weather, current events or immediate surroundings, so superficial and meaningless, I thought.

I was wrong. Small talk does have a purpose. It is a great opportunity to size up the other person. We see their gestures, hear their accent and make an eye contact. It helps us decide whether we want to carry the conversation any further. Recently I was talking to a friend, a CEO of a consultancy company, he says that it's enough for him to say hello and shake hands with a person in order to understand if he can work with them.

In the UK, your accent speaks louder than words, it is a sign of your cultural background, education and social status. Once people hear your accent, to coin a phrase, they put you in a box. People make judgments immediately.

This fact explains why RP (Received Pronunciation, which in the past was called Queens English, Oxford English or BBC English is still an accent people want to learn. This accent is simply a shortcut to sound neutral and educated. Elocution, articulation and other vocal techniques help you to enhance your powers of communication further and cultivates strong presence. Once you have strong presence doors open people want to be around you, have business with you, you get a better job and a higher salary , and we can continue this list.

With our accent apps, books and lessons, it usually takes only 1-3 months to learn RP, and the benefits are priceless and will last you a lifetime. To listen to free lessons from our audio accent books visit: http://www.batcsglobal.com/products/

"My life would've been different..."

In the past week I had met with two new students separately (one was French the other one Turkish), but  they've said the same thing, and I quote: "My life would've been different if I met you ten years ago". They complained how their career and social life had suffered as a result of their strong foreign accent.

 I knew exactly what they meant as I were there myself. I completed an MBA, passed Proficiency in English Cambridge exam, but I felt something was missing. I lacked confidence, I felt not accepted, because I spoke with a very strong and harsh Russian accent. People could not always understand me. To tell the truth I felt like a second class citizen despite of my great life achievements. I decided to get rid of my accent.

 I started looking for help and a friend advised me to book a few elocution lessons and learn Received pronunciation or RP. In the past it was also called Queens English, Oxford English or BBC English. I met Linda James and we first started working on English sounds and articulation, later on my intonation and some vocal techniques.

  I joined Toastmasters, a public speaking club and my work on accent reduction paid off! Not only people could understand me, but I felt respected, because I sounded educated. I felt empowered and I realised that there are so many people like me in the UK, educated high achievers, but their foreign accent is weighing them down, it doesn't allow them to enter certain doors.

 I said to Linda:"We must write a book together and we call it "Get Rid of your Accent". This book became an international bestseller and was translated into Chinese, Russian and adopted for American pronunciation. We did not stop at one book and also published "Get Rid of your Accent Part 2" with lessons on fluent English speech. Later our high profile clients inspired us to write "Get Rid of your Accent for Business". For this book I interviewed CEO of large corporation, Masters of British Empire. This book is a short cut to a very high level English.

 With advances in technology we converted our elocution  books into interactive accent apps and public speaking apps. Students can listen to actors, repeat  and copy pronunciation, liaisons and  intonation; they can also record themselves and compare their pronunciation with actors. With the help of our accent apps you can neutralize or modify accent within a month, provided to practice daily for 30-45 minutes.

 Our latest book is for people to just started learning English, it is called "Get Rid of your Accent for Beginners". We think it is better to start learning English with good pronunciation, rather than fixing it several years later when you already  developed so many bad pronunciation  habits. "Old habits die hard" as the saying goes.

 Do not wait ten years and hope your accent will disappear. It takes some effort. It is worth investing now then regretting and struggling  in the future!

How to get rid of your accent fast

A few days ago I met with a new student and she said that she feels a bit skeptical that she can get rid of her accent. She said:" I know I will study English sounds and intonation, but I doubt I can speak without an accent. Indeed, many students practice with accent apps and books regularly, but when it comes to their everyday speech they still speak with an accent.

Where is the catch? I tell you. Every person has their own individual vocabulary. For example a doctor talks about patients, a lawyer about his clients, a housewife about kids, organising the house and so on. Each uses certain words in certain situations.

We give our students a task right from the start: we ask them to write down mini passages and mini dialogues from their everyday speech and bring them to each lesson. Each lesson we study English sounds, intonation and articulation, and each time I ask students to identify English sounds in their passages and dialogues.

Performing this task has huge benefits for accent softening:

·        Your accent reduction is laser focused on your individual vocabulary.

·        Your work on accent is practical and relevant.

·        You are very motivated because you see the desired results fast.

Do not rely on material from accent apps and books alone, take your accent reduction work in your own hands and bring it to the next level today! Write down mini passages and dialogues on essential topics: your education, work, where you live, where are you from, shopping etc. and use them during your accent reduction lessons. To book your lesson email: oriana_r@hotmail.com.

I wish you fun with this work!

Yours

Olga Smith

The best way to start speaking English

Hello,

The most fun and useful part about learning English is to communicate well: to understand others and to be understood.

The best way to get there is to listen, repeat and then record yourself. We created a new Kindle and Audible pronunciation course for beginners called “Get Rid of your Accent for Beginners”, by Linda James and Olga Smith.  It is quick and easy. You will overcome your fear to speak English, learn many useful phrases and much more! Within just 3-4 weeks you will understand most of what others say and speak in a way so that others understand you!

 4 tips to start speaking English fast:

1.Listen to the same phrase/ sentence/verse to master the English sounds a few times;

2. Repeat by imitating the actor’s pronunciation, intonation and the stresses;

3. Record yourself, play back your recording and note down your mistakes;

4. Listen, repeat and record again words with mistakes until you get rid of them.

Best of luck to start speaking good English!

Yours

Olga Smith

Here is the link to the Audible version:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Get-Rid-Your-Accent-Beginners/dp/B07F19T1QS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1530175718&sr=8-2&keywords=get+rid+of+your+accent+for+beginners

Here is the link to the Kindle version:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Get-Rid-your-Accent-Beginners-ebook/dp/B07DT3DFZ9/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1530175695&sr=8-1&keywords=get+rid+of+your+accent+for+beginners