Episode #13

How to effectively practice your intonation in English

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  • 13. How to effectively practice your intonation in English 00:00

In this podcast episode I elaborate on how to practice it effectively and integrate it into your day-to-day speech.

Because forming a sentence is not enough. And making the right sounds isn’t enough. It’s the intonation that determines the meaning of the sentence: is it a question or a statement? Is it a joke and you’re just being sarcastic? This is also where culture and your inner feelings are thrown into the mix. Intonation conveys ALL of that.

To do that you need to know how to practice! This is why I also share my most effective practice techniques that I’ve used myself and with my students, that are going to help you improve your intonation and deliver your message in a clear way.

If you haven’t listened to my previous episode about American intonation, don’t miss out on it:

How not to be monotone when speaking English: https://theaccentsway.com/intonation-pitch/

And make sure to watch my speech analysis videos that touch right at the heart of American intonation.
Martin Sinek’s intonation, connected speech and phrasing: https://theaccentsway.com/speech-sinek/

Breaking down Bill Murray’s Scrooged: https://theaccentsway.com/american-intonation-practice-pdf/

Reese Whitherspoon is all about rhythm: https://theaccentsway.com/rhythm/

Are you a teacher? Learn more about English Teachers Academy and join the WAITLIST: theaccentsway.com/english-teachers-academy-announcement/

If you want to improve your accent and understand spoken English better, download my free American Accent audio crash course.

You can also download an interactive list of  50 of the most mispronounced words in English and master the pronunciation of those tricky words.

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13 Responses

  1. Hi there.I totally agree with you about shadowing or imitating to get the right pronunciation, because being sincere it was one of my greatest concerns. Something else, mastering native sentences is awesome because it helps you to integrate the way in which native speakers speak.

  2. Hi Hadar,Thanks a lots for this programme, it is very useful for me in improving my English skill specially in pronunciations and speaking. As a beginear in English learning I feel glad and happy to learn English.

  3. Thank Hadar for your work. Y our podcasts are very useful and help my navigate in the features of English. Thank a lot.

  4. I just need to travel to the USA for practicing English where it is spoken and to improve my accent .If you can help , I should be grateful .thanks Mohammed Soliman

  5. Thank Hadar for your intonation class. I feel that my spoken English has improved a lot. Your method is very effective. Thanks again.

  6. Dear Hadar, You are a fantastic teacher!!! I’m a musician and all your tips for pronunciation, intonation are amazing! It’s unique and really helpful. Of course, if you practice it. Haha. Thank you so much!!!!!!!!! ♥️🙏🏽

  7. Dear Hadar ! Thank you for the outstanding podcast again. For me, it exhaustively shows how important role should be ascribed to the relationship between melody and intonation. May I ask, are both of them influenced by individual factors in certain cases ? On the stage, performing a drama the actress or actor can express a large scale of emotions by using well melody or intonation. The science of mind manipulation, the “mind industry” has certainly elaborated persuasive intonation and melody patterns for accomplishing well calculable impacts on people. I have the feeling that any of the languages can do that but perhaps the American English does it at the highest level. (I have listened to some videos suggesting that.)

  8. Hi Handar thank you a lot for your postcard, it was a big help me. I’m learning English because I have a great blessing of living in New Zealand for two years. It hasn’t been easy to learn another language but I’m very excited to.

  9. I’ve think your email so helpful to me, I’m so delighted by God has give me the opportunity to learn about other idiom. Currently I going through by several good changes in my life and to be learning English make part of that for example

  10. hi hadar thanks a lot for your great content i have a podcast request it has not a relation with pronounciation it is about the vocabulary that a non native teacher need to master to feel more confident when he has a speaking class discussing various topics and as a teacher you know you aim for mastering everything and then you end up getting confused and overwhelmed and giving up thanks in advance

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