Use Your Listening Skills to Improve Your Speaking and Conversation Skills in English

 Today I’m going to answer a question that I get asked all the time: How can I use my listening skills to improve my speaking skills? In this article and video, I’m going to tell you how you can strengthen your listening skills and use them more carefully in order to improve your overall communication skills, conversation skills, and your speaking ability. But first, I want to give you a little bit of background. … Read the article and watch the video lesson

How to Ask “What do you think?” to Express Different Emotions with Stress and Intonation

 Let’s look at how to use stress and intonation with a common question that you can use for a variety of purposes: What do you think? Because this question asked so frequently, it often sounds like, “Whaddya think?” or “Whadja think?” (These reductions are an example of connected speech.) But as you’ll learn, you can also vary your intonation on this short question to express different meanings: You can seek someone’s opinion using normal … Read the article and watch the video lesson

How to Say “I don’t know” with the Right Tone in American English

 Let’s look at a simple expression that is said so often by native speakers that it has its own recognizable stress and intonation pattern: I don’t know. In fact, we say “I don’t know” so often that it becomes abbreviated to “I dunno.” You’ll also hear native speakers express the attitude of “not knowing” by simply voicing the sound of this intonation pattern and shrugging their shoulders. 🤷 That’s how unique this intonation pattern is! … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Understand Stress and Tone: How to Ask “What was that?” With Different Intonation Patterns

 Let’s look at how stress and tone work together to create recognizable intonation patterns. We’ll examine the question “What was that?” This brief question can be used to politely ask someone to repeat themselves, show shock and surprise, and respond defensively to a rude comment. All with three short words! What was that? Listen to how you can shift the stress within the question in order to express different emotions or attitudes. This is … Read the article and watch the video lesson

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, extreme disbelief, and curiosity by changing our pitch and lengthening the stressed syllable. You can also use the word “really” to tease or poke fun … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Three Elements for Creating Strong Answers to Conversation Questions in English

 So often when we talk about having better conversations in English, we focus on the questions. But here’s the thing: asking better questions assumes that you’re going to be the person in charge of the conversation, that you’re going to be the person leading the conversation, and that you’re going to be the one engaging the other person in conversation. For many people, being the person initiating the conversation and leading the conversation can … Read the article and watch the video lesson

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