Intonation in American English

Learn to communicate well and connect in conversations in English with these articles and video lessons

Find Your Voice in American English: Vocal Exercises for Non-Native Speakers (Pitch & Resonance)

Let me ask you something. How do you feel about the sound of your voice when you’re speaking English? If you’re like most people, you probably have some concerns about your voice. Maybe you feel like your pitch is too high or too low. Maybe you have trouble changing your … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Why Intonation is So Important: We Communicate Meaning Through Tone of Voice in American English

Ready to start working on your intonation? Let’s talk about the key elements of intonation you need to understand as you learn how to use your pitch and change your tone of voice in order to communicate more effectively in American English. This introduction to intonation will help you understand … Read the article and watch the video lesson

The Difference Between Stress and Intonation, Why Intonation Matters, and Other Intonation Myths

You’ve probably noticed that I love talking about stress and intonation. In my opinion, speaking with clear stress and expressive intonation will help native speakers understand you better. You’ll communicate what you really mean, sound more natural, and feel more confident as a result. Even if you recognize that stress … Read the article and watch the video lesson

How to Say American Phone Numbers with the Right Stress and Intonation

Have you ever had to repeat yourself several times when giving your phone number in English? After all, accuracy matters! You want to make sure the other person gets the right number so they can actually reach you. How we say phone numbers varies from culture to culture and country … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Intonation Exercises: Change Your Tone of Voice to Express Emotions in English

 In order to improve your intonation when speaking English, you need to develop sensitivity to the emotions and attitudes that native English speakers express through their tone of voice. A deeper awareness of how we communicate meaning through intonation will help you become more socially and emotionally intelligent in … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Choosing Falling or Rising Intonation: Show You’re Done Talking or Ask a Question

 Are you done talking? Have you finished your thought? Can I answer your question now? If so, please let me know – with your voice. You’re probably really careful with your choice of words, but your intentions might be misunderstood if you use the wrong intonation pattern. Here’s why … Read the article and watch the video lesson

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