How to sound friendly in American English
Have people commented that your American English sounds sort of
Many of the people I work with in my accent reduction coaching programs have been told this. Since my clients are for the most part very friendly people, they want to change this perception.
How can you do this?
In order to change sound more friendly when speaking American English, you need to learn how to use American English intonation patterns.
What are intonation patterns?
Intonation is the melody of spoken language. ♬ It’s the way we use pitch emphasis in phrases and sentences.
The way you use intonation sets the TONE of your message. This can be friendly, bored, uncertain, angry, confident…..
Here’s an example
When I ask someone “Hey Susan, how ARE you?” ⤵ I use rising falling intonation.
I rise up on ARE …and then glide or fall down on you. That type of melody makes me sound nice & friendly.☺
If I just say “Hey Susan, how are you?” without a rising falling intonation contour, I don’t sound as friendly.
Listen here to compare the tone of my message
Learn to speak in a friendly manner
I teach you to use rising falling intonation so that you can speak English in a manner that’s friendly and engaging in all my accent reduction programs. I you want to sound more friendly when YOU speak American English, take a look at what I have to offer.
Here is a short QUIZ on American English Intonation Patterns-Give it a try!
American English Intonation Patterns