Do you sound FRIENDLY in English? (What you need to know about TONE OF VOICE)

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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.

  • Angry
  • Curious
  • Happy
  • Friendly
  • Sarcastic
  • Excited
  • Frustrated
  • Certain
  • Uncertain
  • Indifferent
  • Concerned
  • Shocked
  • Polite
  • Funny
  • Suspicious
  • Romantic
  • Confused

Where were you?
What were you doing there?
Can I get a cup of coffee?
That’s not what I meant.
That’s fine.
What did they say?
Are you coming?
Cool shirt.
Can you move aside please?
Were you waiting for me?

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8 Comments on “Do you sound FRIENDLY in English? (What you need to know about TONE OF VOICE)”

  1. Hola Hadar. Como siempre muy acertada en tus consejos para mejorar la pronunciacion y entender mejor los diferentes tonos y expresiones que pueden presentarse en la vida real , te agradezco tus enseñanzas ..gracias

  2. Hi Hadar ! Thank you again for the superb video “By Hadar” ! I agree everything by my own experiences, what you told. The tone may represent a “silent language” tightly attached to the main stream of our talk, may be essentially influencing its meaning. Of course, I unconsciously used somehow modifying messages by the tone of my talk when I exercised counseling – either in my native Hungarian or in English or rarely in German. So, according to my practical experiences we sometimes unconsciously use this implement of communication. Therefore, it seems to be important to pay attention to make it more and more developed. Thanks to Hadar for providing this option. Laszlo

  3. Hi , Hadar you’re extraordinary ! In every sentence I understand Tone , Voice and Pitch is very very important for natural, polite and friendly way of expressing our emotions.

    I thoroughly learned and enjoyed. Thanks you very much.

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