You know this woman…
a non-native speaker just like you, but something about the way she speaks makes her sound so fluent, natural and effortless?
But you don’t know what it is that makes her sound that way?

Or when you watch a TED talk, and there’s something so powerful and captivating about the way he talks… Something that moves you, but you don’t know exactly what you need to do to get there?

I believe that this missing link is intonation.

Intonation is the melody, the inner ‘feel’, the secret rhythm of the language.
It’s the attitude, the humor, the emotions.

Intonation is a tool to convey a thought,
it’s the ability to distinguish between the important and the unimportant.
Understanding intonation helps you understand native-speakers better,
Because let’s face it, there are no subtitles in real life.

In this video I will talk about the most important elements of American intonation:
Melody (no, it’s not that they’re fake. It’s the melody.)
Stress (what’s important and what you shouldn’t stress over)
Rhythm (the reason why we think all Americans mumble)

Click to watch : American Intonation – What They Don’t Teach You in School.

Liked it? Join the conversation!

Let me know in the comments below what is the most challenging element for you, and how you are planning to work on it.

Don’t forget to tell us where you’re from and what your native tongue is!

Much love,
Hadar

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5 Comments on “American Intonation – what they don’t teach you in school”

  1. Thanks Hadar.
    I’m from Senegal, West Africa. My mother tongue is Wolf, one of several languages spoken is senegal. I’ve been living in dubai since 2012. My biggest problem is to understand intonation when listening.

  2. Thank you very much, Hadar.
    This Master video makes a lot of sense to me. I lived in USA over a decade and I understand clear how intonation works now. I moved back to Mexico 8 years ago and I believe your way to teach is the way I always wanted.
    I repeat everyday for 1 hour what I listen, feeling more capable and confident. Please, keep the wonderful work!!

  3. Thank you, Hadar. I enjoy watching your videos. You are very creative and energetic. I was born in the U.S.A., but my mom took me to El Salvador when I was a baby, I came back to the U.S.A when I was twenty. I started going to ESL classes two months after I came, but I use to speak and watch TV in Spanish for almost two years, until I finally got the courage to start talking small sentences with a 8 yrs old cousin. I have a heavy accent and I do not like it, specially when people ask where are you from? and they say you have a strong accent. I want to become fluent and sound softer.

  4. thank you very much Hadar!!! I am from Argentina, I speak spanish. .
    I am a musician and part of the rhythm and melody that you explain to me are familiar to me and help me to understand better. I think the Word Stress is what costs me a little more, to realize when and how to pronounce them.
    You really know to teach. I love the way you do it, very clearly and easier. It shows that you love what you do. Best Regards
    Diego

  5. Hi Hadar. I love to watch your video. My native language is spanish. I have never pay to much attention to my pronunciation and now I have realized that it is hard for people to understand me
    I believe that intonation is so important
    Thank you for helping me to improve my English.

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