English, Spanish, Accent Reduction/Pronunciation training – Referral Bonus!

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Do you know someone who always says that they want to learn Spanish? Or maybe you have a friend or family member who could benefit from clearer English pronunciation? Could you use some extra spending money? Well, you’re in the right place.

Confidence Learning Services offers a referral bonus to anyone who recommends our services to a client who enrolls in one of our classes. You don’t even have to be a client or former client of ours, our referral program is open to anyone.

Here’s How It Works:

Simply share our information with your friend, family member or acquaintance who could use one of our services. When they enroll in one of our Spanish, English, or Accent Reduction courses and mention you as a reference, we’ll send you a $25 Visa Gift Card.

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It’s that simple. Your friend gets to prepare for their upcoming trip to Peru, your coworker can brush up their English grammar in their e-mails, or your professor can speak more confidently with an American accent when she lectures. And you get some extra spending money.

Because we provide services worldwide via Skype, it doesn’t matter where your friends or family live. Whether they are in Singapore, India, or Knoxville, TN, we can set up a personalized course for anyone, anywhere. And since our courses are personalized, you can recommend our services to anyone, no matter their language background, experiences, or current abilities.

There is no limit on how many gift cards you can earn. So go ahead, share our information with your co-workers, classmates, professors, friends, aunts and uncles – anyone who wants to improve their Spanish or English, or speak with a clearer American Accent. And start thinking about how you would spend those $25 Visa gift cards – a trip to your favorite restaurant, online shopping spree, or movie tickets, it’s up to you!

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English Mispronunciation – Which Words Aren’t You Getting Right?

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Chances are, if you’re speaking English, it’s not your first language.

That’s right, English has around 400 million native speakers, but a whopping 1.5 billion people speak English as a second language.

English Mispronunciation

Percentage English Speakers by Country. You’re probably not facebook friends with all of them, though.

 

Which means, chances are, if you’re speaking English, there are some words that you may be mispronouncing. And in fact, you probably don’t even notice that you are mispronouncing these words, because you use them dozens of times a day. No, we’re not talking about words like “pusillanimous” or even “Chthonian“.

We’re talking about the most commonly mispronounced words found in the top 100 words in the English language. Here at Confidence Learning Services, we find that most people think that these words are easy, because they’re only 3-5 letters long. But in reality, you may be saying these words incorrectly ten, twenty, even fifty times a day. Let’s take a look.

English Mispronunciation – work

– There’s no /o/ sound in the word, despite the misleading “or” spelling.

-“Work” has the same sound as “were” “sure” “her” or “word” (another one you’re probably mispronouncing).

Pronunciation Tip: Tighten the lips for the /w/ sound, and immediately place your tongue in the high, back position necessary for an /r/ sound. It may be easier to imagine it spelled like, “wrk” since there is nothing between the /w/ and /r/ sounds.

English Mispronunciation – come

– The vowel represented by the letter “o” is actually /ʌ/, usually seen written with an English letter “u” (like the word “up).

– Rhymes with “some” (another tricky word) but not with “home.”

Pronunciation Tip: Keep the tip of the tongue touching the back of the bottom-front teeth, and keep the tongue as flat as possible, even pushing the back of the tongue down into the throat to make it flatter.

English Mispronunciation – other

– The vowel represented by the letter “o” is actually /ʌ/, usually seen written with an English letter “u” (like the word “up).

– The “th”, is voiced /ð/ (meaning that there will be vibration in the throat). Be careful not to replace this sound with a /d/ /v/ or /z/ sound.

Pronunciation Tip: Pronounce a flat /ʌ/ vowel, then place the tongue between the teeth and vibrate continuously to make the /ð/ sound. Last, go right back into that “r” sound, bunching the back of the tongue very high and tight in the back of the mouth.

English Mispronunciation – what

– The /h/ sound in this word is unnecessary. Some American speakers (including me!) include the /h/ sound in “wh-” words, but most do not.

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But I’ve been carrying around this extra “h” all day!

– The vowel represented by the letter “a” is actually /ʌ/, usually seen written with an English letter “u” (like the word “up).

Pronunciation Tip: To make the vowel sound correctly, keep the tip of the tongue touching the back of the bottom-front teeth, and keep the tongue as flat as possible, even pushing the back of the tongue down into the throat to make it flatter.

English Mispronunciation – with

– The letter “i” in “with” represents the relaxed /I/ sound in “it” and “if”, not the higher, more tense /i/ sound in “eat” and “sheep”.

– The unvoiced “th” /θ/ sound at the end of this word can be difficult. Practice saying the word in a sentence, like “Come with me” to make sure that you are not replacing this sound with an /s/, /t/, /f/, or removing it entirely.

Pronunciation Tip: The /I/ vowel is one of our most difficult sounds to make in the English language, but you can do it. Start with the tongue high in the mouth, to make the /i/ sound in “eat.” Then, relax the tongue completely and let it drop about half a centimeter to make the more relaxed /I/ sound, before you place the tongue between the teeth to make the /θ/ sound.

English Mispronunciation – this

– The “th”, is voiced /ð/ (meaning that there will be vibration in the throat). Be careful not to replace this sound with a /d/ /v/ or /z/ sound.

– The letter “i” in “this” represents the relaxed /I/ sound in “it” and “if”, not the higher, more tense /i/ sound in “eat” and “sheep”.

Pronunciation tip: Make sure that you voice the “th” sound, which you can check by placing your hand on your neck as you pronounce the word. You should feel vibrations in your neck as you say the /I/ sound. Focus on relaxing the tongue completely and letting it drop about half a centimeter to make the more relaxed /I/ sound.

Last, we have our unvoiced /s/ sound which is usually pretty simple.

English Mispronunciation – was

–  The letter “a” represents the /ʌ/ vowel that is the same as the “u” in “up.”

– The letter “s” represents a voiced /z/ sound.

Pronunciation Tip: It’s better to think of this word as being spelled “wuz,” which is how our grade school students often misspell it! Just like in the word “what,” keep the tip of the tongue touching the back of the bottom-front teeth, and keep the tongue as flat as possible, even pushing the back of the tongue down into the throat to make it flatter to pronounce the /ʌ/ vowel. Check to make sure you are making a voiced /z/ sound by holding your hand against your neck as you say this word.

English Mispronunciation – to

You’ve probably heard that “two” “too” and “to” are all pronounced the same, and it’s true – sort of. The word “to” by itself, or if it is being emphasized in a sentence, is pronounced with the /u/ vowel made by rounding your lips and raising your tongue high in the mouth.

However, most of the time, when this word is used in a sentence, we instead simply say “t” /t/, with very little vowel sound following the /t/ sound. No round lips, no tongue raised in the back.

Pronunciation Tip: Try it in this sentence, “We have to go to the store to pick up some food.” Each time you say the word “to”, your lips should not round- you can check this in the mirror.

English Mispronunciation – of

Probably the word I hear most frequently mispronounced by non-native English speakers! Many people mispronounce this word to sound like the word “off,” but actually:

– The vowel represented by the letter “o” is actually /ʌ/, usually seen written with an English letter “u” (like the word “up).

– The letter “f” represents a voiced /v/ sound.

English Mispronunciation

Don’t risk sounding like this cartoon character when what you mean to say is “of.”

Pronunciation Tip: Think of this word as spelled “uv” instead. Focus on making a flat /ʌ/ vowel, followed by a voiced /v/. You should feel vibration in your neck as you pronounce both sounds.

For more help with English pronunciation, contact us today at 1-865-226-9477 and we will schedule a free pronunciation evaluation for you via Skype – no obligation, and no payment information needed.

Are there any other words that you hear mispronounced, or that you have trouble pronouncing? Let us know in the comments!

Benefits of Raising Bilingual Children in Tennessee

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Tennessee children deserve the bilingual advantage

At Confidence Learning Services, we always talk about the advantages for children of being bilingual, but it seems that many Tennessee parents are more concerned about dance lessons, soccer practice, scouts, or any number of other activities. And why shouldn’t they be? All of those activities have great advantages as well, so what are the specific advantages to childhood bilingualism?

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Not only is being bilingual more likely to be useful in your child’s future career than being able to pirouette or knowing off sides rules, it gives them plenty of other advantages as well. Here are just a few:

 1.     Bilingual Children in Tennessee can focus better.

Bilingual children have better focus and disregard distractions in the environment. The part of the brain called the executive function, used for planning, judgment, working memory, problem solving and staying focused on what’s relevant is stronger in bilinguals. Every time you speak, both languages are actually active, and the brain has to work to suppress one language while the other is being used. That mechanism employs the executive function of the brain more regularly in bilinguals and therefore it becomes more efficient. This ability starts very young in bilingual babies.

 

2.     Multitasking is better if you’re bilingual.

Turns out, bilingual kids can switch from one activity to another faster and are better at multitasking than monolinguals. Again, that’s related to the executive function of the brain, which gives bilinguals better cognitive control over information that allows them to switch tasks.

 

3.    Bilingual children in Tennessee are more flexible and creative.

Studies show that bilinguals have increased mental flexibility and creativity. When you learn there is more than one word for an object, it stretches the mind in new ways and gives children greater mental flexibility and creativity as they have two windows through which they view the world. Russian psychologist Vygotsky stated that “bilingualism frees the mind from the prison of concrete language and phenomena” (Hakuta, 1985).

 

4.     What about tests in English? Bilingual children score better.

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Bilingual children in dual-immersion schools have been shown in one study to score higher on both verbal and math standardized tests conducted in English.

One study in Florida on students from 16 elementary schools showed that bilingual students scored significantly higher in both the math and verbal sections of the Florida standardized test than monolinguals, an average of 23-34 points higher than their monolingual classmates.

 

5.    Tennessee parents, ever wish your kids were more logical?

Bilingual children display stronger logic skills and are better equipped than monolinguals at solving certain mental puzzles.

In a 2004 study , bilingual and monolingual preschoolers were asked to sort blue circles and red squares into two bins on their computer, one with a blue square and the other marked with a red circle. Children were first asked to sort by color, placing blue circles in the bin for blue squares and red squares in the bin for red circles. Both groups performed this task equally well. But when the children were asked to sort by shape, not color, the bilinguals performed the task with greater ease than monolinguals. It’s executive function once again – bilingual children can more easily suppress learning an old rule in favor of a new one.

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When they’re not studying loopholes in your rules, that is.

6.  Just bilingual? Not for long.

Scientific research, demonstrates that after conquering two languages, adding a third, fourth, and fifth language aren’t nearly as difficult. Just ask any language teacher who has taught Tennessee students who are already bilingual a third language, vs. their monolingual peers.

 

7.  Catch you later, Alzheimer’s.

The advantages of being bilingual carry over throughout your life, whether you stay in Tennessee or move to another state or country. That’s because bilingualism alters your brain chemistry, which has been linked to staving off the onset of alzheimer’s.

 

Of course, these benefits only come with true bilingualism. Exposing your child to a second language by watching TV shows and movies in another language or going to class for 30 minutes a week won’t result in your child being bilingual without lots of support on your part. But it can be done! I’ll discuss raising bilingual children – including a guide for monolingual parents – in my next blog.

Are you ready to give your children the bilingual advantage? We have years of experience working with children of all ages and backgrounds, and we can’t wait to help your child learn too. Contact Confidence Learning Services today for a free consultation. 1-865-226-9477

Can you really have too much cake? Using “too much”, “too many” or “a lot” in English Grammar

Too much Too Many

I often hear English learners misuse the phrases “Too Many” or “Too Much.” As in:

“I have too many family.”

“We have too much food at home.”

“That park is great, they have too many swings and slides!”

Misusing this phrase can drastically change the meaning of your sentence, and may even communicate the opposite of what you wanted, so let’s take a look at why this aspect of English Grammar is important.

English Grammar: Too Many – We use “too many” with count nouns. That is, we use it with words that we could count with numbers. I.e., “Too many books” “Too many bugs” “Too many students.”

English Grammar:  Too Much – We use “too much” with non-count nouns. That is, we use it with words that we can not count with numbers. For example, “Too much coffee” “Too much rain” “Too much water.”

Many English learners that come to Confidence Learning Services understand that much, but here’s where it gets tricky.

We only use “Too Many” or “Too Much” when talking about something in a negative way.

When talking about something in a positive way, we instead use “A lot of” or “Lots of.”

Let’s look at some examples of this English grammar issue.

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My mom gave me too much food.

My mom gave me a lot of food.

 

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The library has too many books.

The library has a lot of books.

 

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There are too many people at the beach.

There are a lot of people at the beach.


One serious English Grammar error I often hear is people saying, “There are too many Egyptians in Nashville,” or, “California has too many Korean people.” To an English speaking listener, these statements sound offensive or racist, like the person who is saying them hates Egyptian or Korean people. But often, the speakers themselves are Egyptian or Korean! The sentences they should have used are, “There are lots of Egyptians in Nashville,” or “California has a lot of Korean people.”

 

And remember, the opposite of this phrase is “Not enough,” and often combined with a version of “do”.

 

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My mom didn’t give me enough food.

The library doesn’t have enough books.

There aren’t enough people at the beach.

 Want more help with your English grammar? Do you want to learn exactly which errors are holding you back in English? Contact Confidence Learning Services today at 1-865-226-9477 to schedule a free, 20 minute English consultation via Skype. 

Scare, Scary, or Scared? Pronouncing English Word Endings

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Pronouncing English can be tough. Did you mean to say scare, scary, or scared?

 

Scared

Scare

Scary

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They are scared.

The bear will scare her. This house is scary.

Adding a “y” to the end of a word changes a noun or verb into an adjective.How you pronounce each one of those words changes the meaning of your sentence dramatically. In pronouncing English, it is important to pronounce the word ending clearly, which is why Confidence Learning Services often focuses on pronunciation even in our standard English courses. Changing the word ending usually changes its meaning.

So in saying “There is a lot of noise downstairs,” noise is a noun. I could switch it out with another noun I’m more familiar with just to check if it still works. If I say, “There is a lot of cake downstairs,” that sentence still works.

I could also say, “It is very noisy downstairs.” Now that I have added the y to the base form, noisy becomes an adjective. But just to double check, I can switch out that word with another adjective I’m more familiar with to see if that sentence still works. If I say, “It is very nice downstairs,” that sentence still works.

I cannot say “There is a lot of noisy downstairs” because that’s an adjective, not a noun. Just like I could not say “There is a lot of nice downstairs.” I also cannot say “It is very noise downstairs” because that is a noun, just like I could not say “It is very cake downstairs.”

Pronouncing English Word Endings in Sentences

Let’s look at those example sentences again:

Correct Double Check WRONG
Noun There is a lot of noise downstairs. There is a lot of cake downstairs. There is a lot of noisy downstairs.
Adjective It is very noisy downstairs. It is very nice downstairs. It is very noise downstairs.

 

Pronouncing English word endings is just as important as knowing which ones to use. Even if you are thinking of saying the correct sentence, if you don’t pronounce the end clearly, a listener could hear an incorrect statement that doesn’t make sense.

So let’s go over the pronunciation of some commonly confused words. Each word that ends in a “y” should be pronounced with a clear, high, /i/ vowel sound, adding an extra syllable to the base form of the word.

Pronouncing English Word Endings – Examples

If you’re unsure of the pronunciation of a word, click on it to listen to the recording of that word at Dictionary.com

Noise Noisy
Fog Foggy
Cloud Cloudy
Gloom Gloomy
Dirt Dirty
Show Showy
Gloss Glossy
Grease Greasy
Snow Snowy
Mood Moody
Ice Icy
Scare Scary
Chew Chewy
Juice Juicy
Rock Rocky
Taste Tasty
Sun Sunny
Fun Funny
Curl Curly
Luck Lucky
Push Pushy
Mess Messy
Bump Bumpy
Salt Salty

 

Of course, these are not all of the examples from the English language, but it’s a good start.

If you find that people often ask you to repeat yourself, of if you are nervous about talking on the phone or giving presentations in English, you may benefit from English Pronunciation Training/Accent Reduction. Contact us today at 1-865-226-9477 to learn more about getting a free Accent evaluation and get started with your course today.

Personalized English Conversation Instruction

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What is personalized English Conversation instruction?

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Confidence Learning Services offers the best English instruction around because it is personalized. Unique to you. But what does that mean, exactly? Let’s take a look at a few important aspects of personalized instruction, and why it’s important to improving your English conversation skills.

  1. English Conversation – Learning Style

Every person has a unique learning style and learning pace. Some people learn languages best by hearing and repeating sentences and phrases. Others learn better with a detailed explanation of grammatical concepts. You may learn best by doing lots of reading and writing in the target language. Everyone learns conversational English a little differently, but in a college class, an online learning software, or CDs, instruction is only focused on one learning style. Those programs may work great for some people, but they might not work for you.

  1. English Conversation – Personalized Curriculum

You could spend a lot of money enrolling in a language class at a language institute or university, but the professors there have planned their lessons and content before they ever met you. Are you interested in learning the language necessary for English conversations on the phone at the call-center job you’re applying for? Or perhaps you would like to focus on medical vocabulary to help patients at your clinic? With Confidence Learning Services, we choose our materials and plan our lessons after we meet with you and talk with you, not before. You might get what you need from another, more expensive course, or you may wind up paying lots of money just to learn how to order food and get around an airport when that isn’t the material that you need.

  1. English Conversation – Interactive approach

“Memorize the vocabulary list on page 243 for our test on Friday, and fill out the past-tense worksheet.” Sound familiar? Worksheets and grammar lists aren’t how you learned your first language, so they’re probably not how you will learn English conversation skills. Your teacher may mix it up with songs or TV shows that you may or may not enjoy, or might have you do a group activity.

At Confidence Learning Services, we believe English skills are only valuable if you can use them. If you want to learn how to use your English conversation skills on the phone, we’ll make a phone call. Do you want to use conversational English in your local community? Let’s move beyond the classroom and go to a local store and restaurant where you can put those skills to use. We’re not content with grammar quizzes and vocabulary worksheets – in fact, we probably won’t use them at all. We want you to learn language by putting it into practice.

  1. English Conversation – Individualized feedback

In a college or language institute, the instructor has to split their time and attention between you and 20 other students. In an online course, you may not have a real person giving you feedback at all. Confidence Learning Services courses are typically one-on-one, or in small groups never larger than 6 people.  That means you’re getting  your personal instructor’s attention, with unlimited phone call, text, and e-mail support throughout the week.

  1. Maximize your budget

Our targeted, personalized approach means you only get what you pay for. You could purchase an expensive software program with lots of information about gardening vocabulary – that you might never need. Or you could purchase a personalized, unique course with us providing you only the conversational English instruction you need, and nothing you don’t.

If you’d like to learn more about personalized instruction or give it a try, contact Confidence Learning Services today at 1-865-226-9477. We’ll give you a FREE English consultation so you can try out our services before you commit to a course.

Interesting vs. Interested – English Vocabulary

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Over the weekend, Confidence Learning Services got the chance to host a booth at Knoxville’s Asian Festival and talk with many people who have learned English as a second language. Often when speaking with people who have learned English as a second language, I hear this adjective being confused.

The conversation often goes something like this:

“Hey, would you like to go to the Asian festival this weekend?”

“Oh yes, I am very interesting in that!”

Unfortunately, that’s not correct, but it is a difficult concept so let’s talk about it.


Easy English Vocabulary Explanation: “Interesting” describes a thing, “Interested” describes a person.

That’s a general rule that usually (but not always) holds true. Let’s take an in-depth look

Interested is an adjective that describes a person or people who like something and want to know more about it, as in these examples:

Interesting is an adjective that describes the thing that a person or people are responding to. Things that we like and want to know more about are interesting, as in these examples:

In English, we never say “interesting in” to indicate an interest in something. So if you’re starting to say “interesting in” think twice! Consider using the word “interested instead. Remember that in this case, “-ing” and “thing” usually go together.

A couple of exceptions to this English Vocabulary rule:

We can refer to another person as “interesting” (not yourself, unless you want to sound arrogant) if we mean that person has a unique quality that we are interested in, but we don’t refer to a thing as “interested.”

For example:

  • Marcia has visited 4 continents and speaks 7 languages. She’s a very interesting person.
  • Talk to Sam about his PhD studies. He’s really interesting to talk to.

But:

  • Marcia has visited 4 continents. She is very interested in travel.
  • Sam is interested in Geology, he’s getting his PhD in it.

Lastly, an important exception: Even though it makes sense to be “interested in” a person who is interesting, we use the term “interested in” a person to describe a romantic interest, so be careful when using the term “interested” to describe your interest in another person. Instead, describe that person as “interesting” if that is what you mean

  • I’m interested in Sarah, I’ve asked her out to dinner.
  • President Obama is a very interesting person.

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Let’s recap:

  • Interesting describes things
  • Interested describes a person who has an interest in something
  • Interesting can describe a unique person
  • “Interested in” when referring to a person can describe a romantic interest
  • Never say “I am interesting in…”

More questions about interesting vs. interested? Comment below!

For more English info, contact Confidence Learning Services 1-865-226-9477. We’ll give you a free English consultation with no obligation to continue.

Language Games – Knoxville Asian Festival

Knoxville Asian Festival

Shall we play a game?

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Confidence Learning Services is excited to be a sponsor at the Knox Asian Festival. Knoxville’s first Asian festival will take place at Krutch Park in downtown Knoxville tomorrow, Saturday September 20th. Confidence Learning Services will be hosting two games at the Asian Festival.

Knoxville Asian Festival Game #1: Guess The Language

Can you identify these Asian languages just by listening to them? It’s harder than you think. Click below to listen to 5 different Asian languages and guess which languages are being spoken.

Need some help? Choose from the following language options,

  • Japanese
  • Mandarin
  • Vietnamese
  • Korean
  • Lao
  • Thai
  • Burmese
  • Cantonese 
  • Nepali
  • Malay
  • Tagalog
  • Khmer

and post your guesses in the comments. If you come out to Knoxville’s First Asian Festival tomorrow and guess all 5 languages correctly, you’ll win a prize! Even if you don’t get them all, we’ll give you a prize just for playing.

Knoxville Asian Festival Game #2: Test your English Knowledge!

If you’ve ever visited the website “Free Rice“, then you will have an idea of how this game works. We’ll be giving you a tough English word, and you choose the correct definition. For example:

Peregrination:
  1. Journey
  2. Challenge
  3. Story
  4. Experiment

Give it a try, post your guess in the comments! If you come by tomorrow and get 10 vocabulary words correct, you’ll get a prize. And even if you don’t get each one correct, we’ll give you a prize just for playing. So come on out and give our games a try! Confidence Learning Services will also be sharing information about our English and Accent Reduction courses, but there will be lots more to do at the festival.

Knoxville Asian Festival

Thai Dance

Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese and Japanese food will be available. Plus, there will be an origami folding station, several martial arts groups will be present, and dance and music performances representing various countries will be featured on stage. Don’t miss it!

Festivals in Knoxville

Knoxville Asian Fest

Today I want to let you know about three special upcoming festivals in Knoxville.

First Annual Knox Asian Festival

Knoxville Asian Fest

http://knoxasianfestival.com/

Where: Krutch Park, Downtown Knoxville TN

When: Saturday, September 20, 10 a.m – 6 p.m.

Knoxville’s very first Asian festival will feature various performers, including music, Lion Dancing, and Martial Arts. There will be activities including Samurai practice and origami folding. Several vendors will be there, including some great Knoxville Asian food vendors – we’re looking forward to egg rolls! And there will be Door Prizes, with chances to win a $50 gift card, Free Sushi Making class, and more.

Confidence Learning Services will have a language booth at the Knox Asian Festival. We’ll be playing “Guess the Language”, with chances to win prizes for identifying different Asian languages, as well as playing an English language vocabulary game and giving away door prizes. Plus you can sign up in person for our English Pronunciation and Accent Reduction lessons. Stop by and say hi to us!

 

Knoxville Greek Fest

Knoxville Greek Fest

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Where: Saint George Greek Orthodox Church on Kingston Pike in Bearden

When: September 26th and 27th – 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and September 28th 12:00-6:00.

The 35th annual Greek Festival will feature authentic Greek food (Baklava?Dolmeh? Yes please!), as well as cooking demonstrations. There will be authentic Greek wares such as clothing, ceramics, jewelry, books and icons for sale. Face painting and games will be available for the kids, and there will also be church tours available and dancing.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the Greek Orthodox religion, Greek Culture, and Greek food, and participate in an iconic Knoxville event that has been taking place for decades.

 

HoLa Festival (Hora Latina)

)Knoxville HoLa Festival

http://holafestival.org/events/

Where:  Market Square in Downtown Knoxville

When: Saturday, September 27th – 7p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday, September 28th – 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The HoLa festival always takes place during Hispanic Heritage Month, usually near the 15th and 16th of September which are the Independence days for Mexico as well as many Central and South American countries. Musical performances by the Asheville Tango Orchestra, Reverbnation, and Orquesta de Jaime Bonilla, among others, will be featured.

There will be special dance and drama performances, as well as craft activities for the kids and special family activities.

The food at the HoLa festival in Knoxville is so much more than tacos! Cuban Sandwiches and plantains, alteñas, empanadas, cuñape, tres leches, gorditas, and more will be available. Brush up on your Spanish and come hungry!

 

These festivals remind us that the city of Knoxville is so much more than Bluegrass music and the Great Smoky Mountains. We have diverse populations that make various cultural contributions to our city, and remind us of how global East Tennessee is becoming. There are more than 17,000 Spanish Speakers in Knoxville, many of whom are represented at the HoLa festival, and many non-native English speakers represented at all three festivals. Take the time to get out and get to know your community a little more, and we hope you stop by and say hello to Confidence Learning Services at the Knox Asian Festival.

Free Spanish Seminar, English Seminar, and Accent Reduction Seminar

Free Seminar

Today I’d like to let you in on a little secret, which is, how to get free English, free Spanish, or free Accent Reduction instruction.

Free Seminar

For non-profits in the Knoxville area, Confidence Learning Services offers a “1-hour free seminar.” It’s not a sales pitch, we don’t even offer anything to buy at these seminars. We simply want to share our expertise with charitable organizations whose members could benefit from extending their language skills. In exchange, we just ask that you let us pass out some flyers at the end of our presentation.

So what are you getting for free? It’s your choice of:

Confidence English – Free English Instruction

o If your non-profit works with people who have learned English as a second language, whether they are members, volunteers, or clients, we offer a free English seminar highlighting some of the toughest areas of English, like proper use of prepositions, articles, and e-mail etiquette.

Confidence Spanish – Free Spanish Instruction

o Going on a missions trip to Central America? Reaching out to the 17,000 Spanish speakers in your local community? Confidence Spanish has got you covered. Our free Spanish training includes focused vocabulary based on your organization’s needs, condensed pronunciation instruction, and authentic practice opportunities.

Confidence American Accent – Free Accent Reduction

o Does your non-profit involve people who could benefit from clearer communication, clearer pronunciation, or accent reduction? In our one hour free Accent Reduction seminar, we highlight some of the most difficult sounds and words in the English language, and provide interactive practice opportunities, tailoring our instruction to the participants attending.

Plus, each free seminar features giveaways and special discounts for participants!

Although these seminars are only available for free to non-profits, like churches, religious organizations, schools, or community organizations, we do offer similar services to for-profit businesses at just $99 an hour.

So, how do you sign up your organization for a free English, free Spanish, or free Accent Reduction seminar? Contact Confidence Learning Services today at 1-865-226-9477.