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