Pitch and Intonation in American English

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

Learn How to Say “Really?!” to Express Different Emotions with Your Tone

 Let’s look at all you can do with a simple word that is incredibly common in American English: really. This two-syllable word can be used to express strong emotions and attitudes, all by changing the tone of your voice. Really? Really! Listen to how we show mild doubt, surprise, … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Five Ways to Show Active Listening During Conversations with Americans

 Are you listening? Then you need to show me. Showing active listening is absolutely essential in American culture. Like it or not, when we are speaking a language that isn’t our first, we often have to show other people that we understand them. In my experience learning Spanish, I … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Four Elements of a Natural-Sounding Accent in American English

 Sound familiar? I came here [to the US] and realized how truly limited my English was, and it was very scary. I soon realized it wasn’t going to be hard to learn – it was going to be nearly impossible. My accent was horrible. In Mexico, nobody says, “You … Read the article and watch the video lesson

How to Pronounce “How are you?” [Intonation Patterns in American English]

 Think about how you say this simple question: How are you? How do you usually inquire how someone is doing? Over the years, you may have practiced the question so many times that you don’t usually think about how it sounds. In this video lesson, you’ll learn how to … Read the article and watch the video lesson

The Power of Pitch: Change Your Tone for Better Stress and Intonation in English

Want to speak clearly and express your emotions and attitude like native English speakers? Then you need to learn to control your voice, change your tone, and use pitch variation for better stress and intonation in American English. In short, you need to embrace the power of pitch. The Role of … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Seven Ways to Use Your Voice and Breath to Sound More Professional in English

I have excellent news for you: sounding professional is NOT about having perfect pronunciation. When you’re trying to increase your authority, be taken more seriously, and achieve success in a professional or academic setting, you may obsess over these things: how your accent sounds to other people what you are … Read the article and watch the video lesson

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