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The Power of the Pause

January 25th, 2019 | Intonation
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Thought Groups & Prominence

March 26th, 2018 | Intonation
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A really useful way to help our students with their listening is to help them become aware of ‘thought groups’ – a term from the excellent phonology book for learners ‘Speaking Clearly’ – Rogerson & Gilbert – (CUP). These are sometimes called ‘tone units’ or ‘sense groups’. Rogerson & Gilbert define ‘thought groups’: When we […]

Vowel Sound Variety is a Key Feature of North American Speech

March 19th, 2018 | Intonation

Vowel Sounds                           Call 781.385.0231 American English pronunciation relies heavily on vowels and vowel combinations. There are short vowels and long vowels and several varieties of each used in daily speech. Vowels are continuously shortened and lengthened depending on their location within a […]

Linking Leaves Little Doubt What You Are Saying

February 27th, 2018 | Intonation

 Learn Linking             Call 781.385.0231  What is Linking in Speech? Linking is saying two words without a pause in between.  The sound of a word pronounced in isolation is different than the sound of a word within a phrase or sentence.

Collocations for Work

February 14th, 2018 | Intonation
Collocations for Work

Key features of Collocations                        Call Today 781.385.0231 Collocations are made from a group of simple words that appear together to produce a specific meaning.

How to Use Intonation to Boost Intelligibility

December 28th, 2017 | Intonation
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Intonation is the Rise and Fall of Your Voice at the Right Time Intonation is what native listeners need to recognize vocabulary words, grammar, and syntax. If your intonation is off,

Intelligibility and How to Say It Right

December 14th, 2017 | Intonation
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Learn English and conduct conversations with confidence. What do you do when others can’t understand what you are saying? 

When Word Stress Prevents Others from Understanding You

November 28th, 2017 | Intonation
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ESL speakers who stress the wrong syllable in a word are perceived as more accented.

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