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.
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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!