Intonation Clinic

Master Melody, Music, and Meaning

You know your English speaking voice has
so much more potential.

You want to sound more interesting, more engaging,
and more natural when you talk.

Intonation Clinic will teach you how to
create the melody and music of English
through the rise and fall of your voice.

After one month, you’ll feel confident that you’re expressing
the right emotions, attitude, and meaning through your tone.

Remember:

Your ideas matter.

Your voice is a powerful tool.

You can learn how to express yourself effectively.

You know that something’s missing when you speak English.

Even though your language skills are good (you might already be fluent!), you still don’t sound the way you want to.

Maybe your pitch is all over the place - you know you need more control.

Or your voice sounds flat - you realize that Americans are much more expressive than you.

Intonation Clinic - Master Melody Music and Meaning Through Your Tone

You’re tired of misunderstandings based on the way people interpret what they hear in your tone of voice.

You want to finally feel confident that you’re communicating your feelings and intentions clearly.

Ever asked yourself one of these questions?

Intonation Clinic - Wondering Why

“I’ve been working on the ups and downs of my voice… but it seems like there’s more to intonation than that. What am I missing?

“Why do people think I sound bored, annoyed, or demanding when I'm actually trying to sound polite?”

“Will I ever sound as interesting, friendly, or emotional as Americans do when I speak English?”

Here's what I know about you:

You are definitely aware that you sound different than native speakers.

You can hear pitch rises and falls, but when you try it, you're not sure if you're doing it right.

You like listening to people who sound expressive, energetic, and friendly.

You’ve probably watched a bunch of YouTube videos on stress and intonation. Maybe you’ve tried shadowing or imitating what you hear.

You get that intonation is important: after all, it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.

You want to have more control over your tone of voice.

You’re nervous that you’ll choose the wrong intonation and your meaning will be completely misunderstood.

You want to make sure your tone reflects the true intentions behind your words.

You know that you can use your voice to communicate your ideas more powerfully.

You're ready to learn how.

You're looking for step-by-step guidance and feedback so you can feel confident that you’re expressing precisely what it is you want to express.

In short, you want to improve your intonation, and you want help.

Let's work together in the Intonation Clinic.

intonation (noun): 

the way your pitch rises and falls when you speak in order to communicate feelings, emotions, and attitudes

clinic (noun):

an intensive session of instruction in a specific skill or field of knowledge

Here's What We'll Cover During the Intonation Clinic

Week 1:
Intonation Basics:
Melody and Music of English

You’ll discover how to create the natural rise and fall in pitch throughout your sentences by stressing, or emphasizing, the right words.

You’ll find out how to emphasize key words in order to bring attention to important ideas, clarify your meaning, and answer questions confidently.

You’ll understand how to change your inflection by focusing attention on different words and by shifting your pitch up or down through steps and glides.

Week 2:
Intonation Patterns
in American English

Next, you’ll master the three primary intonation patterns in American English: rising, falling, and non-final intonation.

You’ll understand how to choose the right intonation pattern in normal statements as well as five different types of questions.

You’ll find out how to use intonation in longer sentences and how to break your ideas into logical thought groups to make it easier for people to follow what you’re saying.

Week 3:
Express Your Emotions and
Meaning Through Intonation

Building on this strong foundation, you’ll learn how to develop social and emotional intelligence in English by deciphering and communicating different emotions, attitudes, and feelings in English.

You’ll practice changing your pitch for various conversational reasons, as well as how to express positive emotions and indicate negative feelings and opinions.

You’ll understand how to choose the right intonation pattern for the situation and understand nuances of American intonation that will help you understand native speakers and fit in better.

Week 4:
How to Use Intonation
in Real-Life Conversations

The last week of the Intonation Clinic will help you put what you’ve learned into practice by examining real-life situations where you’ll need to use the right intonation.

You’ll learn different ways to sound more polite using stress and intonation, as well as intonation patterns that are appropriate for formal or professional situations.

You’ll understand how to use intonation to have more interesting conversations, to participate and engage with native speakers, and to keep conversations going smoothly.

Last but not least, you’ll learn special uses of intonation in American culture so that you present the best version of yourself when speaking English.

What Will Change When You Master Intonation

Intonation helps you understand the deeper meaning behind the words you hear.

You'll understand exactly what people mean when they stress different words or change their tone of voice. You'll be able to decipher key information that isn't said in words, but with a change in inflection.

Intonation helps sound more like a native speaker and improves your accent.

Your pitch will sound more natural, and less robotic. Your voice will sound more expressive and less monotone. Your accent will improve because you'll be using the music and melody of English correctly.

Intonation helps you communicate how you feel without needing the perfect words.

You'll understand how to use your voice more powerfully to emphasize key parts of your message. You'll be able to sound more polite, more professional, and more respectful of other people's ideas.

Intonation helps people follow what you're saying and encourages better conversations.

You'll know how to keep people listening by breaking your ideas into smaller pieces and helping them follow along. You'll feel confident reflecting other people's emotions back to them with your voice. You'll be able to use the rise and fall of your pitch to encourage people to respond to your questions, to wait before jumping in, or to invite them to keep talking.

What's Inside the Intonation Clinic

  • Detailed video lessons with clear explanations and examples
  • Four weekly modules split into 12 different topics released every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
  • LIVE Q&A and coaching sessions on Zoom
  • 12 intonation assignments, which you’ll submit directly to me through WhatsApp for feedback
  • Private WhatsApp group where you can ask questions between coaching sessions
  • Final evaluation with written feedback and advice for future practice
  • Guidebook with complete transcripts for when you want to review
Intonation Clinic Feedback on WhatsApp

12 Assignments with Personal Feedback Directly From Me

  • Melody and Music of English
  • Emphasizing Key Words for Clarity
  • Changing Inflection to Change Meaning
  • Questions and Statements in English
  • Intonation in Long Sentences
  • Using Thought Groups in English
  • Neutral Emotions
  • Positive Emotions
  • Negative Emotions
  • Polite and Professional Intonation
  • Intonation in Conversations
  • Special Uses of Intonation

Intonation Clinic Is Different Than Other Programs

Speaking courses usually teach words and expressions, but not how you should say them, even though the way you change your pitch can completely change the meaning.

Accent reduction programs often focus on how you say certain sounds, even though stress and intonation are what truly help people understand you (even if you make pronunciation mistakes).

If you want sound like and be understood by native speakers, you need to master both key aspects of intonation: the melody and music of English, as well as how to express your emotions and attitude through your tone of voice.

During the Intonation Clinic, I’ll guide you through all of this step-by-step.

Intonation Clinic is your opportunity to work directly with me and get personalized attention on how your voice sounds.

If you’re tired of trying to decipher intonation through bits and pieces of knowledge, Intonation Clinic is for you - we’ll cover it all, together.

The October 2018 beta program is closed for enrollment.

Join the Waiting List

Intonation Clinic is a four-week intensive program currently in beta testing.

This program will be available for open enrollment again in Fall 2018.

You will be able to enroll in the self-guided version, or get personal feedback directly from me via WhatsApp support.

Sound interesting? Then get on the waiting list.

When you sign up for the waiting list, you'll also be invited to join me for a very special five-day intonation challenge so you can get started practicing your intonation right now.

This program IS for you if:

  • you want to master the melody and music of English
  • you want to be able to confidently express your emotions, attitudes, feelings, and meaning through intonation
  • you are interested in learning American intonation - while the patterns are often the same, you may find differences in the UK, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, and other English speaking countries
  • you are interested in being more socially and emotionally intelligent when interacting with native English speakers
  • you speak English at an intermediate, advanced, proficient, or fluent level
  • you can commit at least four hours per week to reviewing the video lessons, doing three weekly assignments, and attending and/or watching the live Q&A/coaching sessions
  • you are open to receiving feedback and corrections on how you use stress and intonation
  • you are comfortable asking questions if you don’t understand or you need more clarification - I’ll be adding more information to this program based on your experience!

This program is NOT for you if:

  • you are looking for an accent reduction program focused on the articulation of sounds, word stress patterns, or connected speech (this program covers sentence stress, thought groups, and intonation patterns)
  • you are not interested in learning North American intonation
  • you are not willing to invest the time into watching the video lessons and doing the intonation assignments (the only way to improve is through doing)
  • you speak English below the intermediate level and/or you find it extremely challenging to understand my natural speaking speed
  • you are not interested in the nuances of interpersonal communication or understanding the emotions and attitudes we communicate through tone of voice

Meet Your Guide

MeetKimSmall

I’m Kim, and I'm an accent reduction and communication coach. I work with motivated non-native English speakers who want to sound more natural, more professional, and more fluent in English so that they can achieve their personal and professional goals.

I know how important it is to be able to connect with other people in a language that isn’t our first. I speak Spanish fluently, but I am constantly learning how to communicate better (in both Spanish and English!).

I have created a program that I would enroll in myself. Nothing inspires me more than watching my clients become more confident and more comfortable interacting with native speakers because they know their meaning is clear.

What My Students Are Saying

After working with you, I feel more confident interacting with people. I can now use my English to get into a deeper conversation, but I wasn’t able to do that before because I was constantly worried about my accent. I’m not a perfectionist anymore, once I got rid of the idea of being a perfectionist, I’m actually one step closer to being more perfect.

-Nikki, Japan (living in the US)

I’ve learned that small nuances make a big impact on how people perceive, or receive, my message and that key messages are more important than sounding perfect. What I needed wasn’t perfection, but communication.

-Min Jeong, South Korea (living in the US)

Kim has an engaging and practical way of teaching sounding natural. She is big on "musicality" of English so she trained me hard on intonation and length of pronunciation. She has phenomenal ears that could single out the subtle differences in my accent.

-Carol, China (living in the US)

In my humble opinion you are awesome... you didn't just provide us with the combination of words which we have to use... but you provide us also with the emotional part... with feelings... what to say in which occasion... that's absolutely fantastic for me!

-Vladimir, Serbia

I can't wait to work with you during the Intonation Clinic.

This program combines my expertise in helping non-native English speakers sound more natural, my interest in effective, engaging communication, and my belief that emotional intelligence and cultural fluency are central to connecting with others, no matter our backgrounds.

While I believe you can work on your accent on your own, I know how valuable it is to get feedback and support as you change the way you sound when speaking English.

That's why Intonation Clinic includes direct feedback, corrections, and guidance through WhatsApp.

You'll also be able to get your questions answered and meet with me during our live coaching sessions. We learn so much from other people's questions!

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