Blog Posts

The Art of Sounding Natural (with English)

Do you feel awkward and clunky when you’re speaking in English? Do you worry that you’ll be rude or offensive...

The Perils of Relying on AI for Job Hunting (and when to actually use it)

I get it. You’re not a native English speaker. You can handle conversations, but you know you don’t sound natural...

Don’t Let IELTS Destroy Your Dream: Acing English For Immigration Success

Acing IELTS to Immigrate to Australia through the TSS Visa For many professionals, immigrating to Australia requires sitting the IELTS...

Speaking English Feels Scary? Stop Letting Anxiety Spin Its Web!

Yes, Speaking English Can Be Terrifying. You Can Do It Anyway! If the thought of opening your mouth to speak...

Have you put your foot in it…..again?? (or was that just me)

Effective Cultural Communication Skills for Today’s Global Workplace As business becomes increasingly globalized, communicating effectively across cultures is a crucial...

Thorry, wot did you thay?

Master English Pronunciation for Clear, Natural Speech Proper pronunciation is essential for communicating clearly and naturally in English. Even advanced...

Learning from Others’ Mistakes! – Conquering the IELTS Reading Test

The reading section of the IELTS exam is notoriously challenging for many test takers. In the last 6 months alone...

The Coming Commodities Boom Needs You: How the Global Energy Transition is Driving Demand for Mining Professionals

The Mining and Minerals Industry Faces a Critical Shortage of Experienced Professionals The global transition to clean energy sources like...

3 Surprising Benefits to Asynchronous Learning for English Language Acquisition

You will be hearing me talk more and more about virtual and asynchronous learning for improving English. Why is that?...

Say, what?

? Do you have trouble understanding some (or all) native English speakers? ? Can you understand non-native English speakers more clearly?...

Have you ever found yourself wasting time instead of working on improving your English?

Sure you have. I’ve done it with learning Malay (and Arabic now…). We all do it. Why? Sometimes we put...

10 Tips to Improve Your IELTS Score in Speaking

10 Tips to Improve Your IELTS Score in Speaking Are you nervous to face the examiner on IELTS test day?...

Why are writing and speaking in English so different?

Do you find it easy to speak in English, but have a harder time writing in English? Or is it...

Do you find that you have a difficult time writing emails/reports/papers at work?

Do you find that you have a difficult time writing emails/reports/papers at work? Maybe you aren’t used to the Latin...

Feel the Fear, But Do It Anyway!

If you are here, reading this article, I am going to assume that you want to learn something new. The...

Why don’t I sound “natural” when I speak in English?

There are many reasons that an upper-intermediate/advanced level English learner asks to work with me. One of the most common...

Do you dream of getting a job in the mining industry in Australia?

Currently, Australia, like many other countries, is facing a critical labour and skills shortage in the mining and minerals processing...

Do you need a degree to be successful in life? Why learning English will give you the success you are looking for.

I am getting older now (and hopefully a little wiser, but that’s subjective). When I was younger, it was very...

Why should you develop your own course for language learning?

Have you been putting off improving your English because you just don’t know HOW to do it alone? And you...

Applying for international jobs is a whole different ball game from local jobs

Applying for international jobs is a whole different ball game compared to applying for local jobs. While both require a...

Do You Need ESP?

Nope, not extrasensory perception (being able to acquire information without the use of the five physical senses, that is being...

The Sound of English

Welcome to the sound of English!  In this article, we’ll be diving into the secrets of sounding more natural in...

The journey of a thousand miles starts with one step

Do you want to start improving your English, but feel overwhelmed by the idea? You are not alone. Language learning...

13 Steps to Overcoming Speaking Anxiety When Learning a New Language

Learning a new language can be a thrilling adventure, but it can also be a daunting task. For many learners...

Unlocking the Power of Rhythm: How Understanding English Language’s Rhythm Can Improve Your Communication Skills

Have you ever noticed how the rhythm of language affects your understanding? As an Aussie, I’ve definitely noticed how the...

The best way to predict your future is to create it

As the famous philosopher and educator Abraham Lincoln once said, “The best way to predict your future is to create...

Global English, What Is It?

I am a native English speaker from Australia. I speak Australian English. It can be slightly different from British English...

How Do You Measure Success in Language Learning?

Many of us in the mining industry are logic-based thinkers who rely on quantitative statements every day. Numbers. They make...

10 Tips for Becoming a Better Language Learner.

A long time ago (more years than I am willing to admit to), I studied German in High School. I...

Three Simple Steps to Improve Your English Communication Skills & Grow Your Career as an International Mining Professional

Are you dreaming of making an impact in the workplace but struggling with communicating in English?  As a mining professional...

Say, what?

? Do you have trouble understanding some (or all) native English speakers? ? Can you understand non-native English speakers more clearly?...

Mastering Tenses in Job Interviews: Essential Tips and Comprehensive Review

I have been doing interviews in non-native English-speaking countries for a while now, and the most common problem I have...

Podcast Episodes

How a sense of ”goodwill” can make all the difference – lessons from a Professor of Extractive Metallurgy

Prof. Aleks Nikoloski shares his insights into what “matters” and what “doesn’t matter” when improving your English communication as an...

Listen to David’s inspiring story of overcoming challenges in English

David overcame significant challenges in English communication when he moved from Colombia to regional Queensland, Australia to further his career...

Have you wondered who the host of this podcast is? Listen here and see what (and who) inspires me.

I have realised that I have made 4 episodes already of interviews with people who inspire me with their English...

Flor’s career successes

Be inspired by Flor’s career success as she mastered English. Get the show notes here: Download You can contact me...

Zeynep transformed her English and opened new doors

Join Zeynep as she shares how new doors opened for her after she overcame her fear of speaking in English...

Listen as Serkan explains how he has taken control of his career by improving his English!

Join Serkan as he shares his experience in advancing his career while improving his English. Access the show notes here:...

Jordan’s experience studying in Australia

Join Jordan as he shares his experience when he moved from Malaysia to Australia to study at university. Access the...