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Our children's literacy levels...and why they are a problem

12th Feb 2019

New Zealand's literacy levels are at the lowest they have been in 20 years. Why? Multiple reasons, but the one of the biggest factors in how children learn is by copying what they see. As in, we (the adults) are their role models.  Lately, in various marketing arenas, I have noted countless examples of poor spelling. Especially, 'kinda' and 'gonna'. If we, professionals, spell in this lazy way, how do we expect our children to learn? Perhaps it's a marketing gimmick to appear cool or relaxed or something - I really don't know - but let's raise the bar, please. If we are able to demonstrate the correct way to spell that most definitely flows down to our children. Learning how to spell in English is complicated enough, let's not make it harder for our children. 

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Tone of voice - when it's like listening to a great song through the cheapest speakers money can buy

5th Dec 2018

If you listen to your favourite song through the cheapest speakers money can buy that is poor tone and it's incredibly difficult to listen to. This is my third article on tone of voice so it's something that I think is very important in life. It can literally make or break a date, for example. And you may not get that job if the boss cannot stand the sound of your voice. Marilyn Monroe had a breathy tone, Margaret Thatcher had a harsh tone, until she got speech lessons. If you want to hear a voice with a really thin, whiny tone click on this link. Ryan's Toy Review. It will take you to this You Tube channel where Ryan gets to play with toys and then his parents posts the videos on You Tube. Forbes magazine has Ryan as the top earner for 7 year olds at $31.7 million USD for this year. Not joking. So, does it matter if the mother has one of the most annoying voices in the world? Yes. There is no excuse for sounding that like, you can do something about it. Download the free e-book and get into the very quick and easy lessons and you'll have a voice like a movie star in no time!

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