Ready to gain real, practical skills that will immediately help you communicate better in the office, in grad school, or with friends?
Conversation Anatomy is a unique collection of workshops focused specifically on real-life communication skills.
If you really want to connect with other people through conversations in English, this program is for you.
By learning conversation skills one by one, you will make consistent, measurable, steady progress towards your goal of communicating like a native English speaker. You’ll be guided by an experienced communication coach (that's me!).
Does this sound like you?
You’ve been working on your English for years, and maybe you live in an English-speaking country, but you know you aren’t communicating the same way as native speakers.
You know that your vocabulary and grammar is good, even excellent, and you are able to get your point across. But you feel like something is “off.” You feel like you speak in short, simple sentences while native speakers seem so expressive and interesting.
When you have casual conversations in English, you find it hard to jump in and participate in the conversation. When you’re in business meetings or academic discussions, you don’t feel confident about the way you’re expressing your thoughts.
You’re frustrated because you can express yourselfreally well in your native language. When you speak your language, people always tell you how well-spoken you are, and you feel relaxed, confident, and comfortable.
You want this feeling in English. You want to sound more natural in English, maybe even as good as a native speaker. You want to feel comfortable speaking up in conversations.
You want to be able to decipher and understand the flow of conversation. You want to strengthen and improve the language skills that are most useful for communicating in English.
You want to sound more professional, handle everyday conversations with ease, and feel confident and friendly in social situations.
We both know that communicating effectively in English is essential to making friends, getting along with colleagues, and being trusted to get work done in English.
After 10 years working with non-native English speakers, I know how challenging it is to learn the actual, practical language you need to feel confident in conversations in English.
Most of the time, we only realize what skills we’re missing when we feel unprepared or uncomfortable in a social or professional situation.
If you’re ready to really understand English conversations and start expressing yourself like a native speaker, then join me inside Conversation Anatomy.
I know you already have the language background, now let’s put it together and get you speaking with confidence!
Through this program, you’ll strengthen and improve the language skills that are most useful for communicating in English. Here's what we'll cover:
a wide variety of conversational situations so that you understand the cultural context and can respond appropriately;
the language and expressions you want to use to sound more like a native English speaker (and understand them too); and
the intonation you need to convey your meaning more clearly (so that you sound natural, of course).
Here’s what you’ll learn:
You’ll learn better ways to ask for clarification and confirm what you heard so that people trust you understand them
You’ll be able to clarify what you said and handle misunderstandings confidently
You’ll learn strategies for interrupting politely to share ideas and show interest as well as how to respond to interruptions (which are inevitable in conversations with Americans!)
You’ll understand how to change the subject both smoothly and abruptly
You’ll be prepared to to handle uncomfortable questions you really don’t want to answer
You’ll know how to show appreciation and express gratitude in ways that sound more fluent than saying “thank you”
You’ll understand how to give (and receive) compliments in culturally appropriate ways
You’ll learn how to agree and disagree completely, partially, and tentatively to deepen the discussion
You’ll find out how to express your ideas more tactfully and diplomatically and give polite feedback
You’ll discover the best ways to ask for and receive feedback from your coworkers and managers (which can help you move forward professionally)
You’ll be able to participate more actively in conversations by showing you're listening in both nonverbal and verbal ways
You’ll know how to reflect other people's ideas back to them by summarizing, rephrasing, and restating what you heard
You’ll understand the best topics for making small talk with strangers, acquaintances, friends, and coworkers
You'll start asking better questions by understanding how to engage people in conversation (and you’ll find out how to create stronger answers, too!).
You'll learn how to use the right intonation with all of these skills so that you sound natural, polite, and approachable throughout a conversation.
And here’s what you’ll get:
Over 30 video workshops covering all of the above!
MP3 versions of the workshops
Detailed guidebook with complete transcripts and reflection questions
Access to a private course site accessible from phone, tablet, or computer
Here's what people are saying:
In my humble opinion Conversation Anatomy is awesome... you didn't just provide us with the combination of words which we have to use... but you provide us also with the emotional part... with feelings... what to say in which occasion... that's absolutely fantastic for me! -Vladimir, Serbia
Before I joined Conversation Anatomy, I was mainly learning from people I talked to and just picked up their phrases in an unconscious way. However, it's much better to have a teacher like you guide me through it instead of learning things randomly!
In short, these workshops will help you feel more prepared and less overwhelmed when interacting with native speakers since you can trust you have the right language and tone for the situation.
You’ll move beyond understanding conversations to leading them, participating in them, and contributing to them.
What level of English do I need? What if I'm a native speaker?
This course is designed for high intermediate, advanced, and fluent non-native speakers who want to understand the nuances of effective communication.
Conversation Anatomy is also appropriate for native English speakers who need guidance on conversation and discussion skills. Personally, I have strengthened my own communication ability through creating these workshops and teaching these skills.
What kinds of situations will this course help me with?
This course will help you navigate conversations in personal, professional, and academic environments. You'll be able to navigate casual conversations as well as small talk in the workplace. You'll learn how to handle challenging situations like being interrupted, wanting to interject, or dealing with uncomfortable questions. You'll understand how to ask for and give feedback, phrase your opinions politely, and show active listening when interacting with native speakers (much more important than most people realize). For this reason, many of these skills are particularly helpful in business meetings and discussions.
Will I learn how to speak with the right intonation in this course?
Yes you will! One thing that makes this course unique is that you learn not just what to say, but how to say it, and why it matters. Learning to ask questions and interact in conversations with the right intonation is key to fitting in with native speakers. Intonation and its relationship to conversation skills is discussed throughout this course.
How do I practice these conversation skills on my own?
This course is designed for non-native English speakers who either live in an English-speaking country or who regularly interact with English speakers in their work or social life. This course assumes you will have the opportunity to put these skills into practice in real-life conversations. Previous students have also practiced these skills with conversation partners.