This course is for English speakers who want to improve their conversation, clarity, accent, communication skills, pronunciation and phrasing when speaking English.
THIS IS NOT A 'LEARN ENGLISH' COURSE.
NO, IT IS A TALKING, LISTENING AND COPYING COURSE.
You will listen to me, copy me and talk with me trying to make similar sounds to me.
This way you will understand how English sounds when spoken by a native with a neutral or 'non-geographic' accent.
The learning takes place as you listen and speak. It's a gentle process - a conversation, not a strict educational series of lessons.
Please don't enrol if you are looking for language lessons, this is a conversation.
PLEASE NOTE YOU CAN CHANGE THE SPEED OF PLAYBACK ON UDEMY SO IF IT'S TOO FAST OR TOO SLOW FOR YOU PLEASE ALTER THE SPEED TO SUIT YOU BEST.
I'll show you things that are not in the normal books!
But first let me tell you there is a 30-day money back guarantee so there's no risk. If you don't like the course I'll refund every penny without question.
This is backed up by Udemy.
Why take this course? Communicating better will surely...
But I'm NOT teaching you English language as such because you can already speak English.
I'll show you which part of the word to emphasise, when to go up or down in pitch, how to pronounce words better, and many other communication tricks to help you engage your listener and get them to trust what you say.
What's in it for you?
This course is probably NOT for native speakers of English who have lived for generations in the US, UK, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa or any other naturally English speaking country - unless you feel you wish to change/reduce your accent!
But I guess if you wanted to change the way you speak for any reason you would have already done it.
This communication and pronunciation course is for people who can speak English already. If you don't yet speak English please go and learn first then return here for the finishing touches.
It is for people who want a job or to do business that needs good spoken English to help you progress.
For example, if you wanted to work for Google Analytics and you live in New Delhi this course is perfect for you. I recently had to speak to two guys on a certain helpline; the first had such a strong accent I could not understand what he was telling me so I had to ring off and try again with someone different who had a much clearer accent and I could work with him.
I didn’t report this but some people would have and the guy with the heavy accent might have had a tough time, I don’t know.
If you speak English as a second language and need to communicate well with a buyer in the US or the UK, the deciding factor could be your accent as you speak English - a potential client may be put off if they find it hard to understand what you are saying.
I have a French friend who always apologises for his accent when he speaks English. He is embarrassed about his accent and many people can’t understand him – except on email!
Another example - I buy harmonicas from Shanghai and the two factories I buy from each have a contact I speak to. They both speak good English but one has a very strong Chinese accent and the other doesn't.
I buy twice as many harmonicas from the guy with not much accent because I feel I can work with him and get what I need better.
When the order comes in it is what I ordered - but the order from the other guy usually is not what I think I ordered. That is why you might do better if your accent is improved.
Or if you want to become a member of air crew on Virgin Atlantic/Jetstar Airlines or whatever you would stand a better chance of landing the job if you had very clear English I believe.
So come and join me and see if it works for you.
Comedy sketch about learning English - courtesy of BBC and youtube, just for fun - not commercial.
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This is the trailer or the promotional movie - you can skip this if you have seen it before.
This is the introduction and tells you all about the course.
This explains more about what the course will do for you and will not do for you.
Comedy sketch about learning English - courtesy of BBC and youtube, just for fun - not commercial.
Here's part of a workshop I did in Saigon in April 2017. The camera is hand-held so not so stable but it lets you see how it looks live.
This lecture is about greetings.
This lecture is asking where you come from.
This lecture is asking how you are and the different ways of saying that.
This lecture is about saying thank you in different ways.
This is an extension of thank you.
This lecture is asking what time we will meet.
This lecture is asking the speaker to repeat what they just said.
This is how we say goodbye.
This lecture ends the course.
Wow, over 14 thousand students - you could be next!!
Please note I am your HARMONICA SPECIALIST - that is my main focus.
Please see my copyright policy at the bottom of this page.
**NEW** My interest in sound and travel has also led me to do some live workshops on English conversation and pronunciation (in Vietnam) and so I am now starting to create some Udemy courses on that subject.
I always give current students a 75% discount on everything so if you take one course you are 'in my exclusive discount club' which means I will tell you every month what's new and where the discounts are.
Here's how my courses are categorised in terms of subject, purpose and content. 'Instant' courses are simple tunes; 'Learn Harmonica' is the harmonica encyclopaedia for everyone; 'Bones of the Blues', 'Get Chugging', '101 Blues Riffs', and '60 Sonny Terry Riffs' are the video taught versions of books I've written (you can google them) and the others are all about different techniques.
I also now have a few Celtic music courses for you, and English pronunciation as well.
If you see a course you want but don't have the cash you can talk to me. If you are a student or not earning much I will support you with a lower price, but if you are doing ok you can support me - how's that?
*Ben is the Chairman of the NHL - National Harmonica League in the UK
*Professional Harmonica Instructor since 1996
*Lousy at speelling - getting worse actually so tell me if you see a typo pleese
*Ben qualified as CTABRSM in 2002 (Certificate of Teaching - Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music)
*Certificate of Music Workshop Skills (Goldsmiths University of London) in 1995
*Accredited Diatonic Harmonica Teacher 1993 - HTAB (Harmonica Teachers Accreditation Board, supported by Lee Oskar Harmonicas, the National Harmonica League of UK and the International Harmonica Organisation).
*Ben's teaching business 'HarpsCool' is proud to be 'IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HOHNER'
'Ben Hewlett is one of the UK's most respected harmonica teachers and the UK's most prolific author on harmonica tuition. He will lead you through the ins and outs of harmonica playing through a series of short video lessons. His teaching style is confident, practiced, humorous, skillful, knowledgeable and packed with information in bite sized chunks. Ben is used to teaching all over the world at prestigious harmonica festivals and is delighted to offer his services to you.'
'You'll know Ben better as a harmonica teacher but he also studied Irish Drum - Bodhran - and tin whistle in the 1990's with the now very famous Steafan Hannigan and Marc Moggy from Renegade Rhythms. He got so into Bodhran playing he bought an expensive tuneable drum from Marc and it works better than ever to this day. Ben has played Bodhran in bands and sessions for years and even has a Senheiser bass drum microphone embedded into his drum. Check out his Bodhran teaching on Udemy'
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I have been teaching people to play harmonica since 1996 as a full time job. I have started tens of thousands on their way to play the harmonica and I can tell you - it sure beats working!
I believe I was the first person to be a full time harmonica teacher in the UK, there are still very few of us - so there's plenty of room if you want to come and join me.
Recently I have become the Chairman of the National Harmonica League (NHL) which supports the UK harmonica players community.
Much of my time is spent writing books with Paul Lennon on how to play the harmonica, there are 20 or so with loads more in the pipeline - we have so many ideas it never stops.
I teach children near home, and with my team at HarpsCool where the team and I give 300 children weekly harmonica lessons.
My YT videos, and their success and feedback, are the reason I am teaching on Udemy; there are millions of hits on the youtube sites and thousands of subscribers. People are kind enough to say how clear the teaching is, and how it's helped them to understand aspects of harmonica playing - at last!
I run workshops at major harmonica festivals including SPAH in the US, the Bristol International Harmonica Festival in the UK, the World Harmonica Festival in Trossingen, Germany - home of Hohner, and the Harmonica Masters Workshops also in Germany.
I even use the harmonica in team building events for many international companies.
Cruise Ships have been part of my teaching life since 2002 and the combination of teaching, performing and travelling is quite a blast. Who knew teaching the harmonica would take me to the Caribbean three times, Africa, Russia, Scandinavia, and Atlantic Europe.
You will often find me performing in various venues and going to jam sessions, and I love playing with interesting groups or sitting on a number when the opportunity arises - that's one of the wonderful things about the harmonica, you can have it in your back pocket and join in with people wherever you are.
So you are in extremely competent and safe hands, so do yourself a favour and try one of my courses - in fact have a free lecture or two to suck it and see - that's a harmonica joke by the way.
Respect and thanks to all the artists for writing and performing these amazing songs that you want to learn.
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Any recordings used in my courses represent less than 5% of the entire work and are already in the public domain on YouTube.
Any written transcriptions are written by me or my team to promote the work and the artist and to facilitate students who want to learn more about their music.
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