Conversation Anatomy

Communicate Effectively & Participate Confidently in Conversations in English

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 yourself really 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).

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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.
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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!

-Nikki, Japan

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.

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What's included?

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Contents

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Welcome to Conversation Anatomy!
Conversation Anatomy Guidebook.pdf
10.8 MB
The Five Most Essential Conversation Skills in English
Five Most Essential Conversation Skills in English
19 mins
Five Most Essential Conversation Skills in English.mp3
19 mins
How to Interrupt Politely and Respond to Interruptions
How to Interrupt Politely in English
10 mins
How to Interrupt Politely in English.mp3
10 mins
How to Respond Politely to Interruptions
9 mins
How to Respond Politely to Interruptions in English.mp3
9 mins
How to Respond to Uncomfortable Questions in English
How to Respond to Uncomfortable Questions in English
11 mins
How to Respond to Uncomfortable Questions in English.mp3
11 mins
How to Show Appreciation and Express Gratitude in English
How to Show Appreciation and Express Gratitude in English
12 mins
How to Show Appreciation and Express Gratitude in English.mp3
12 mins
How to Give and Accept Compliments in English
How to Give Compliments in English
17 mins
How to Give Compliments in English.mp3
17 mins
How to Accept Compliments in English
15 mins
How to Accept Compliments in English.mp3
15 mins
Strategies for Agreeing and Disagreeing
Introduction to Strategies for Agreeing and Disagreeing
3 mins
Introduction to Strategies for Agreeing and Disagreeing.mp3
3 mins
Strategies for Agreeing in English
19 mins
Strategies for Agreeing in English.mp3
19 mins
Strategies for Disagreeing in English
24 mins
Strategies for Disagreeing in English.mp3
24 mins
How to Soften Your Language When Giving Feedback and Sharing Opinions
10 Ways to Sound More Polite in English
29 mins
10 Ways to Sound More Polite in English.mp3
29 mins
Introduction to Making Small Talk
Welcome to Making Small Talk in English.mp4
3 mins
Understanding and Making Small Talk Guidebook
6.56 MB
Introduction to Making Small Talk in English.mp4
25 mins
Introduction to Making Small Talk in English.mp3
25 mins
Principles of Making Small Talk in English [Guidelines for Casual Conversations].mp3
7 mins
Principles of Making Small Talk in English [Guidelines for Casual Conversations].mp4
7 mins
Creating Conversations by Asking and Answering Better Questions
Ask Better Questions When Making Small Talk.mp4
28 mins
Ask Better Questions When Making Small Talk.mp3
28 mins
Open-Ended Vs. Closed Questions
6 mins
Open-Ended Vs. Closed Questions.mp3
6 mins
Three Elements for Creating Strong Answers to Conversation Questions in English
6 mins
Three Elements for Creating Strong Answers to Conversation Questions in English.mp3
6 mins
Situational Small Talk: Interacting with Friends, Acquaintances, and Coworkers
Making Small Talk with a Friend or Acquaintance.mp4
14 mins
Making Small Talk with a Friend or Acquaintance.mp3
14 mins
Making Small Talk with Colleagues and Coworkers.mp4
16 mins
Making Small Talk with Colleagues and Coworkers.mp3
16 mins
All About Active Listening: Essential Skills for Connecting in Conversation
Introduction to Active Listening
3 mins
Introduction to Active Listening.mp3
3 mins
Understanding Active Listening in English
10 mins
Understanding Active Listening in English.mp3
10 mins
Nonverbal Ways to Show Active Listening in English
11 mins
Nonverbal Ways to Show Active Listening in English.mp3
11 mins
Verbal Ways to Show Active Listening in English
8 mins
Verbal Ways to Show Active Listening in English.mp3
8 mins
Summarizing, Rephrasing, and Restating in English
Introduction to Summarizing and Rephrasing.mp4
3 mins
Introduction to Summarizing and Rephrasing.mp3
3 mins
Summarizing and Rephrasing in English.mp4
14 mins
Summarizing and Rephrasing in English.mp3
14 mins
Strategies for Asking for and Receiving Feedback
Introduction to Asking for and Receiving Feedback
3 mins
Introduction to Asking for and Receiving Feedback.mp3
3 mins
Asking for Feedback in English
19 mins
Asking for Feedback in English.mp3
19 mins
Receiving Feedback in English
19 mins
Receiving Feedback in English.mp3
19 mins
Bonus Content: More Resources from YouTube
How to Recover and Keep Going After Making a Mistake When Speaking English
6 mins
Why Small Talk and Casual Conversations Are So Essential in American Culture.mp4
34 mins
Why You Need to Learn Interactional Language to Have Better Conversations in English
5 mins
Why You Should Use Could You Please Clarify vs. Could You Please Explain
3 mins
How to Politely Address People in English [Culturally Appropriate Forms of Address]
10 mins
Asking and Answering Better Questions in English with Jennifer of Interview Genie
50 mins

FAQs

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.

If you want more in-depth instruction on intonation, consider the 30 Days of Intonation program and the upcoming Intonation Clinic.

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.

Ready to sound more natural in English?

I'm Kim from englishwithkim.com and I'm your guide to the essential conversation skills you need to sound more natural in English. Let's get started!