Monotone vs. varied intonation: How to change your pitch in English

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What makes a voice interesting?
Why some speakers are charismatic and engaging, and others are just… blah.

Here’s how I see it.
It’s not just the level of their English or how native sounding their accent is.
Believe me, it isn’t.
Because you can have a non-native R,
and you can pronounce sheet and shit the same way
(I mean, I prefer you not to, but technically you can)
and still be a great speaker.
Engaging. Interesting. Inspiring.

In fact, the video today talks about a struggle not only non-native speakers face but also native speakers, and that is…
A monotone voice.
(Same note speech.)

I talked quite a lot about why changing your pitch is crucial for clarity and impact,
but I never spoke about HOW to raise or drop your pitch.

I have seen hundreds of students (not exaggerating)
THINKING that they are raising their pitch,
when in fact they are only saying the words a little louder.
Using the same tone.

This is why I decided to dedicate today’s video to the difference between monotone voice (because if you want to change it, you first have to HEAR it)
And varied intonation, which is the familiar melody of American English.

You will also learn:
1. A simple exercise that will help you to raise and drop your pitch consciously
2. How to recognize and avoid same note speech (monotone)
3. The melody patterns that will make you sound more interesting.
4. A fun exercise to practice American intonation and pitch changes

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7 Comments on “Monotone vs. varied intonation: How to change your pitch in English”

  1. Hi angel
    Your teaching is help me that improve english speaking and more understand what is melody..
    What is pitch ? so many thanks?

  2. I find these practices inspiring, exciting, productive and very important. Those, who wants to speak an English efficient for all possible purposes should take them seriously and apply in the everyday life..

  3. Hello Madam,
    I am a non native speaker and i am watching your videos.its very useful to improve the pronunciation and thanks for your service.

  4. for froncophone country and for the older person (40 th or 50th years old)
    there is no opportunity to practice english
    usually limitted in listening some video or writing some phrases in chat or reading
    few paragraphs
    so talking english is very difficult

  5. Very beneficial lesson . In the mean while I will keep it in my mobile for frequently practising .
    I really enjoyed it . You always surprise us . Iam so Grateful .

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