In order to communicate effectively you must speak using the correct intonation patterns. Without intonation, your speech patterns may sound rather neutral (or even abrupt) to American listeners.
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3 Reasons to Use the Correct Intonation When speaking American English you’ve got to move beyond vowel and consonant sounds. In order to be an engaging and effective communicator, you also need to use the correct intonation. While it’s important to articulate your vowel and consonant sounds correctly, speaking with the right intonation is equally important. […]
American English Intonation Patterns The people who I work with in my accent reduction coaching program want to speak American English in a way that sounds: clear natural friendly In order to achieve this, one key skill that I show them is how to speak using American English intonation. ♬ Learning to use intonation Intonation is difficult to […]
2 American English Intonation Patterns Intonation refers to the rise and fall of pitch in spoken language. Since intonation patterns convey meaning and emotion, it’s important to use these patterns correctly. Rising falling intonation The most common type of intonation in American English is called rising-falling intonation. Americans use rising-falling intonation at the end of statements and […]
Do you ask questions with the correct intonation? Have you found that your American colleagues don’t always respond right away when you ask questions? Many of my accent reduction clients have told me that they’ve experienced this. How to ask questions so that Americans will understand you If people don’t understand you when you ask questions, it could […]