English Tutor Melbourne. Private English Conversation, Pronunciation and General IELTS Lessons

English Tutor Melbourne

English Tutor Melbourne. Private English lessons with Jason – Your English language conversation and pronunciation tutor and teacher for lessons in cafes in the Melbourne CBD. IELTS speaking lessons are also available.

Have you recently arrived in Australia?

Are you having trouble understanding Australians?

Are you looking for someone to practice speaking English with?

I can help you!

I can help you with idioms, slang, phrasal verbs, conversation expressions, pronunciation expressions and more.

I’ve been teaching people like you for over 14 years. Most of my current students are from Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, and Iran. I’ve also taught people from all over the world across many different levels of society. From students to professors, dignitaries to government officials, actors and actresses to media personalities and rock stars.

I make every lesson fun and friendly and you’ll learn a lot in my lessons. I supply printed materials in my lessons, and each lesson, while having an overall theme, will have exercises chosen specifically for your individual needs.

I’m happy to talk about almost any subject and you can ask questions of me that you might not be able to ask of friends and family!

Join me for a 2 hour lesson in a cafe in Melbourne CBD.

Click here for more information and to book your lesson:

Conversation and Pronunciation Lessons with your English Tutor in Melbourne General IELTS Speaking Preparation Lessons with your English Tutor in Melbourne Not in Melbourne? Practice English Conversation Online via Skype

I look forward to hearing from you


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About Jason

  • Native English Speaker
  • Private general English and social conversation teacher
  • Pronunciation and accent reduction trainer
  • Job interview Coach
  • Friendly, kind, caring, patient, understanding and funny
  • Over 14 years experience
  • Previous CEO and Principal of an ESL school in Sydney

He can help you improve your

  • Pronunciation skills
  • General Conversation Skills
  • IELTS Speaking Skills


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Conversation and Pronunciation Lessons with your English Tutor in Melbourne
Conversation and Pronunciation Lessons Melbourne

General IELTS Speaking Preparation Lessons with your English Tutor in Melbourne
General IELTS Preparation Lessons Melbourne

Not in Melbourne? Practice English Conversation Online via Skype

English Lessons Online

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Resume Editing and Job Interview Coaching Melbourne

Medical English Lessons Melbourne

IELTS Speaking Lessons Online

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How to pronounce the th sound. Pronunciation of hard and soft th.

How to Pronounce the th Sound

One pronunciation challenge almost all my students have is how to pronounce the th sound. Pronunciation is important in all areas but the ‘th’ sound is critical. Without it, most native English speakers would think you’re saying ‘den’ when you mean ‘then’ or ‘dare’ when you mean ‘there’, or ‘tanks’ when you mean ‘thanks’.

There are actually two sounds, depending on the word used. A voiced sound, like the ‘th’ in ‘the’, ‘that’, ‘this’, ‘those’, ‘these’, ‘clothe’, ‘then’ and a voiceless sound such as in ‘bath’, ‘thanks’, ‘think’, ‘thought’, ‘through’ and more.

The main issue is that many students don’t want to get into the habit of sticking their tongue out past their teeth. You really cannot make the sound unless you do. If you don’t stick your tongue out it’ll sound like a ‘d’ sound if voiced or a ‘t’ or ‘s’ sound if voiceless.

Here is a video I did a few years ago on how to pronounce the ‘th’ sound. I hope it is helpful for you. If you do have problems pronouncing the ‘th’ sound, I recommend reading a 250 word article every morning with a focus on the ‘th’ sound so that your tongue gets used to making it.

Practicing daily will help you break the bad habit of making poor ‘th’ sounds, and will help you improve your communication abilities. Of course, if you need someone to test you and give you some guidance on your ‘th’ sounds, you can book me for a lesson. In our first lesson I’ll take you through a pronunciation test of many of the most common errors, and help you with your ‘th’ sounds.

Oh, and if you’re practicing for general IELTS reading, I recommend you check out another practice test! See below.

Wishing you all the best.


English Tutor Melbourne English Lessons Online

English Lessons Online from English Tutor melbourne

I love teaching English, and also have English lessons online. I have done it for 14 years and I really wanted to continue helping some of my students in Sydney, I actually jump on an XPT on Thursday night, arrive in Sydney Friday morning, teach my students, then jump back on the train Friday night and arrive back in Melbourne Saturday morning. Sometimes I need to stay overnight and teach on Saturday but I won’t be doing that again until mid October.

So, if you’re wondering why you can’t book a lesson with me on a Friday, it’s because my Sydney students have booked me already. Sorry about that. 🙂 But if you really need a lesson, I’m available anywhere in the world via Skype for a lesson. You can find out more about my Skype lessons here:

English Lessons Online

Of course, if you can’t wait that long, I’ve got some practice videos for you. Practice your English conversation skills with my IELTS speaking practice questions videos. Here’s number 20:

Watching a video of a tutor is almost as good as having English Lessons Online, though there isn’t any correction happening in a static video. If you’d prefer something more dynamic, check out my English Lessons Online page.

If you’re studying for general IELTS reading, I recommend you do many IELTS practice tests. Here’s another one!


IELTS Speaking Practice Video #19. IELTS Questions Sets for Preparation.

IELTS Speaking Practice Video

Here’s the next IELTS Speaking Practice Video. Number #19 of the Questions sets. Listen to me read the questions to you, pause the video, practice answering each question, then resume the video. Good luck!

If you’re studying for the general IELTS exam and needing IELTS reading material, I recommend my ebook series. Here’s number 2.


How to Become a Private English Language Conversation and Pronunciation Tutor 4th Edition

How to Become a Private English Language Conversation and Pronunciation Tutor

Many native English speakers that I speak to would love to be a pronunciation tutor and teach English as a second language, but don’t know where to start. So, I’ve been releasing titles that help people become private English tutors. If you’re a native English speaker and want to start teaching English conversation and pronunciation skills privately, check out my new book. It’s over 150 pages of advice, guides, lesson plans, marketing materials, and more. This is the 4th edition, updated for 2016.


Here are some excerpts from the contents pages:

Chapter 1: What Makes a Good ESL Tutor?
Chapter 2: Steps for starting your English tutoring business
– Basic Steps
– Phone Script
– Maintaining Your Business
– Advertising Examples
– Search Engine Advertising
– Tear-off Strips Ads
– Setting Up Your Website
– Worldwide Advertising
– What to Ask on Your Site
– How Many Students?
Chapter 3: Preparing for the Lesson
– Introductory Questions
– Checklist
Chapter 4: First Lesson: Analysis and Exercises
– Example minute to minute lesson overview. 10:00am to 12:00pm

(Lessons 1 to 5 exercises and other info)

Chapter 7: Just Five Lessons?
– Conversation-Only Lessons
– What Not to Talk About
– Finding Opportunities
– Price Negotiation
– About Foreign Travel Consultants and Agencies
– Planning Lessons Ahead
– Getting Referrals
– Homework
– IELTS, TOEIC and Interviews
– Other Ideas for Cafe Teaching

(Lessons 6 to 10 exercises and other info)

Chapter 10: Teaching Online
– Step 1: Buy a domain name
– Step 2: Find a website hosting service
– Step 3: Create a website
– Step 4: Accept PayPal
– Step 5: New Software and Hardware
– Step 6: Get Noticed
– Step 7: Time Travelling
– Step 8: Decide Your Lesson Length
– Step 9: Consider the Variables
– 1. Health and Availability
– 2. Cultural Differences
– 3. Other Markets to Consider
– 4. Free Online English Lessons Available
– 5. Free Trial Lessons
– 6. Online Payment Systems Difficulties
– 7. Computer Skills
– Step 10: What to Teach?
– Alternatives to finding students
– Phone and VOIP Lessons
– Step by Step Plan for Your First Online Lesson

(and more info!)

Click on the book to find out more:


If you’re studying for the IELTS exam, then you may be interested in one of my other titles. Find out more at this link here:


Language Calculator. Analyse Your Study Habits Calculate How Long It Will Take You To Learn English.


Language Calculator. Analyse Your Study Habits And Calculate How Long It Will Take You To Learn English.

When I first started teaching 14 years ago I discovered I needed a language calculator. The most common question I get is “How long will it take me to learn English?” This question is impossible to answer correctly. The only answer I can give is “Everyone is different, but if you study every day you’ll soon improve your English skills.” I also mention the IELTS company’s suggestion that six months full time study will lead to an increase in 0.5 of a band score. So as a very rough guide, if you previously got 6 in IELTS it will take you a year of full time English study to get a 7.

Of course, that’s not true for everyone. There are quite a lot of variables involved. As a result, a few years ago, with the help of tutors at the ESL school I was Principal at, I developed the Language Calculator.

Here is the formula:

PF + P + T + PE + PMT + R + LS + TC + C + ({L+R+W+S}/4=MTS) + LE + SP + RD + LC + LEH + EC + GS + FC + CLRMT + DMS + ATM + A + LAS + LTT + ECT = _____ /250 (Where 250=1-4 weeks and 50=More than 2 years.)

So, of course, with so many things to consider, I couldn’t possibly answer this question correctly in a lesson! But with this calculator, you can test yourself and get a better idea as to how quickly you can increase your level.

Click here to test yourself:

Language Calculator

There are 25 simple questions which you choose a number for as your answer, and the system gives you a total at the end that will give you a rough guide as to how long it would take you, based on how you study now, to increase your English skills. Even so, everyone is different and this calculator is just for those who would like to get an understanding of how long it might take. Check it out!