We’re starting to make some headway in the coronavirus pandemic: vaccination rates are going up and lockdowns are coming down, but many of us will still be wearing masks for a while. Here’s how to turn that into an opportunity for extra accent and pronunciation practice.

Recently, a Japanese student of mine mentioned that he has been using his mask as a way to practice while walking in the street. Japan is generally known as a slightly more reserved and privacy-oriented country. …

This article was originally posted on my website’s blog

I recently surpassed 2000 classes taught on italki. This was an exciting milestone for me and one that made me reflect on a few things: how I got here, how I’m doing, and how I want to take things further.

How I got here

It took me a year on italki to reach 1000 classes, and then another half a year to reach 2000. …

Photo by Tobias Mrzyk on Unsplash

I teach accent reduction, helping students of English to reduce their foreign accent and speak more like a native English speaker. Students often find it overwhelming to go from learning to correctly pronounce a target sound in class to consistently producing it in daily life.

In this article, I outline a set of exercises that I call the Accent Practice Progression, which can help you gradually build up the confidence and motor skills of habitually and correctly producing the right sounds in everyday speech. The exercises go from easy to hard and they also progress from least similar to most…

Please note: italki originally posted my article an abridged form as a teacher success story. Here is the unabridged version.

My knowledge of other languages has helped me create specialized courses for different language speakers

I teach accent reduction, helping English learners sound less foreign and more native. My background in linguistics and phonetics helps me teach students the subtle details that separate the average English learner from the exceptional. Whether it’s to sound more professional in business, academics, or social situations, my coaching helps students reduce their accent and better English.

Explaining things in simple terms

I love languages. I’m constantly studying them and learning about them. Studying other languages helps me teach my students better because I can…


When conveying information, people often write memos, papers, or other blocks of text. However, in many industries, text is not enough, especially for industries dealing with tangible products or projects that have many complex, moving parts. In these cases, colors and textures can convey so much more than simply using words or numbers.

At Avvir, we work in the construction tech space and use colors and textures on our 3d digital models. We create building information models that allow construction teams to monitor their projects’ progress and catch mistakes as they happen. Because our business is essentially providing information, being…

Example Continuo screens from the Apple iTunes Store

I was in the middle of replying to his email when it hit me: why tell, when you can show? Besides, this could be good experience for a beginning UX design professional.


I’m always seeking new ways to streamline my life and be productive, at times I even write about it! That’s why I’m always downloading and trying out new apps. Earlier this year, I tried an app called Continuo that tracked your activities. Activity productivity trackers are a dime a dozen in the iTunes store, but this one seemed different. It had bars in place of the usual checkmarks…

I’ve been using Blue Apron for several months now. For those of you who don’t know, this New York City company helps people (learn to) cook as well as avoid grocery shopping by sending its customers weekly recipes and cooking instructions, as well as all the necessary ingredients. For someone who used to steam all his food and microwave eggs this was a godsend. I am happy to report I can cook a decent number of quite edible dishes now! …

I am a big proponent of self-tracking. It allows you to monitor your own behavior and be more self aware, which is key to self improvement. I wrote last year about using Google Sheets to track my time for productivity. I found it difficult to keep up with this experiment because of the micromanagement involved. However, from these experiences, I have created and fine-tuned two methods for self-tracking that are great for habits and resolutions: check offs and logging.

Check offs are basically checklists. Logging gives you more information about the topic you are tracking.

Check offs are basically checklists…

People who know me know I am a productivity junkie. They know I like to learn and improve, and that I track myself quite a lot, because that’s what self development is based on. That’s why they weren’t too surprised when I announced one day that I would be tracking my daily activities in half-hour increments. Since that day I’ve been tracking my time and noticing benefits including an understanding of my habits and behaviors, and an increased focus from being mindful of what I’m doing.

Self development starts with self awareness. So if you want to become more productive…

Adrian Lin

Linguist • accent coach • instructional designer | accentamazing.com

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