Intonation in American English: Syllables and Words

Take a deep dive and zero in on the pitch and length of your English syllables and words. Make your speech FLOW!

What you’ll learn

  • Understand the difference between vowels and consonants..
  • Understand the different between voiced and unvoiced sounds..
  • Be able to hear and say the different pitch tones — Short Flat and Long Drop..
  • Understand and be able to say a Vowel Peak to allow for clearer communication..
  • Understand and be able to say mutli-syllabic English words with proper intonation..
  • Make progress on your journey to be able to communicate effectively and enjoyably..

Course Content

  • Introduction –> 1 lecture • 4min.
  • Your Goals and Your Current Speech –> 1 lecture • 2min.
  • Basic Concepts: Getting it In Your Body and Muscle Memory –> 2 lectures • 5min.
  • What are Consonants and Vowels? / What is Pitch? –> 3 lectures • 24min.
  • The 2 Pitch Tones: Vowel Length; Voiced and Unvoiced Sounds –> 1 lecture • 11min.
  • The Single Syllable: Building a Strong Foundation –> 4 lectures • 7min.
  • The Two-Syllable Patterns: Introduction and Pattern 2a –> 3 lectures • 23min.
  • The Two-Syllable Patterns: Pattern 2b –> 2 lectures • 18min.
  • The Two-Syllable Patterns: Pattern 2c –> 2 lectures • 8min.
  • The Three-Syllable Patterns: Pattern 3a –> 2 lectures • 16min.
  • The Three-Syllable Patterns: Pattern 3b –> 2 lectures • 16min.
  • The Three-Syllable Patterns: Pattern 3c –> 2 lectures • 16min.
  • Four-Syllable Words –> 6 lectures • 19min.
  • Five-Syllable Words –> 5 lectures • 6min.
  • Conclusion: You Did It! Congratulations and Onward! –> 1 lecture • 3min.

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This course takes a magnifying glass to intonation in English, zooming in on the pitch and the individual syllables of words. Pitch, syllable length, and ratio between stressed and unstressed syllables are all thoroughly examined and explained, followed by drills to be spoken out loud by students — from single-syllable words to five-syllable words. Words are drilled one at a time; no phrases or sentences are drilled in this course. Our focus is on making sure that our word intonation is precise in order to allow our speech to flow effortlessly. This course was created by me as the result of two decades of teaching students one on one. This is my original approach; I don’t know of any other courses like it. If you feel comfortable with your pronunciation in English (as a second language) but feel there is something missing, or that your speech is over-pronounced, or that you become fatigued or out of breath when speaking, this could be just the course you need. All levels are welcomed to take this course. The topic is very specific and detailed and may most benefit learners who have a very high level of English, but have speech that is not flowing exactly the way they would like it to.

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