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.
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?
“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 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.
Here's What We'll Cover During the Intonation Clinic
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.
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.
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.
How to Use Intonation
in Real-Life Conversations
The last section 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 how to speak with authority or uncertainty, and how to show openness and respect.
You’ll understand how to use intonation to have more interesting conversations, how to sound more engaging, and how to show you're listening to keep conversations going smoothly - just by using your tone of voice.
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
- 27 detailed video lessons with clear explanations and tons of practice exercises
- Five modules designed to help you build the skills you need step by step
- Practice exercises and drills for each and every video lesson so that you can immediately practice what you learn
- Assignments and next steps for each and every video lesson so you know how to apply what you've learned to your real life
- Support for your questions and concerns within the course site as well as by email
- Guidebook with complete transcripts for when you want to review
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.
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!
Get Started With the Intonation Clinic
Here's How We Get Started:
- Click the purple button below. You'll be redirected to the course payment page.
- Decide how you want to pay: pay in full or choose the payment plan.
- Enter your email address.
- Pay for the program with your credit or debit card or Paypal.
- Follow the instructions to create your account.
- Receive immediate access to the course site.
- The course materials will become available week by week to help you pace yourself as you work through the program.
- Five modules on pitch, sentence stress, thought groups, intonation patterns, and how to use intonation in real-life conversation
- 27+ video lessons to guide you step-by-step through intonation
- Built-in exercises and drills to ensure consistent practice so you internalize the stress patterns
- Motivational emails and weekly guidance to encourage you and keep you on track
- Detailed PDF guidebook with complete transcripts
- Answers to your questions within the course community and by email
- Permanent access to a private course site you can access anytime
- Access to all future updates and improvements
You can review the complete contents of the program over on the course site.
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Remember, you will have access to this course for the lifetime of the course, so you can continue to review the materials as much as you want, as you continue to put what you've learned into practice!
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 to spending 2-4 hours per week reviewing the video lessons, repeating the practice exercises, and completing the assignments that help you apply what you've learned to your life
- you are comfortable asking questions if you don’t understand or you need more clarification - I'll be answering all your questions inside the course community and by email!
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, repeating the practice exercises, and completing 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
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!
Frequently Asked Questions
Meet Your Guide
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.
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.
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.