Tone of voice in English – Is it possible to change the meaning of what you’re saying, without changing your words? The answer is – YES
We use our voice to express our emotions and feelings. It plays a huge role in our communication with other people.
We often put more meaning into the speaker’s tone of voice (how they say things) than into the words they use. And sometimes it only takes a slight change in our voice for something to be taken as a joke, an insult, or a friendly comment.
The thing is – when we switch to a different language, things may get a bit more complicated as some tones of voice may carry a different meaning in another language.
Understanding those differences and knowing what to do in order to bridge those gaps, can really transform our communication skills as non-native speakers. We’ll become clearer and feel more confident, which is the most important thing.
I’ve prepared for you some sentences that can be used in different tones of voice.
Use the following sentences to practice.
Where were you?
What were you doing there?
Can I get a cup of coffee?
That’s not what I meant.
What did they say?
Are you coming?
Can you move aside please?
Were you waiting for me?