I recently got a great lesson in intonation and expression from an unlikely source: the Disney movie Frozen 2. ☃️ ❄️
You read that right.
My daughters were watching it with their headphones on, which allowed me to observe the characters without hearing their voices.
What I noticed was that I could get the meaning of what they were saying purely by watching their movement, gestures, and facial expressions, which corresponded perfectly with the rhythms of American English.
On stressed words there was some kind of movement, whereas unstressed words had none.
It was pretty fascinating to watch.
In today’s episode, I’ll be teaching you the differences between stressed and unstressed words and sharing clips from Frozen 2 to show you how the character animation helps convey those operative (stressed) words.
🗣️ I’d love to hear from you: Do you notice your gestures or expressions when speaking English? Leave me a comment and let me know!