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  • Can you sing?

  • I like to sing very much, but I don't have a great singing voice.

  • I'm better at playing the piano.

  • I understand music pretty well,

  • and of course I understand the English language quite well,

  • so I feel confident that I can guide you to have better intonation and rhythm in English.

  • In some ways, speaking a language is like singing a song.

  • There are words. There's a melody.

  • And there's a rhythm.

  • Every language has its own music.

  • I bet that even if you don't speak other languages,

  • you can probably recognize them based on what you hear, right?

  • If you want to sound more natural in English,

  • then you have to listen carefully to the musical quality

  • of the English language.

  • English is a stress-timed language.

  • What does that mean?

  • First, let's talk about words.

  • English words of two or more syllables have stressed and unstressed sounds.

  • A stressed sound is generally louder, longer, and at a higher pitch.

  • For example, English.

  • Listen.

  • DA-da

  • communication

  • Next, let's talk about sentences.

  • English sentences have stressed and unstressed words.

  • We stress content words.

  • Like nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs...

  • Words that carry meaning.

  • Function words, like articles and prepositions,

  • are normally unstressed.

  • We say the more softly and generally faster.

  • Our content words fall on the beat.

  • Function words are off beat.

  • If you'd like to learn more about how unstressed words

  • and unstressed sounds change in fast speech,

  • watch my 20-day Fast Speech Challenge.

  • In this 10-day challenge, we'll focus mainly on intonation.

  • These changes in pitch happen on stressed words.

  • So you'll learn how stress and intonation work together.

  • Intonation is a key part of our communication in English.

  • Are you ready for your first full lesson on intonation?

  • We'll start soon, but let's not rush.

  • Remember - after each lesson you need to take time to practice on your own.

  • Repeat the model sentences aloud.

  • If possible, record yourself

  • and compare your speech to mine.

  • You can do this kind of listen-repeat practice with other speakers as well.

  • For example, a short film clip or part of an audio interview

  • can provide a good model.

  • As always, thanks for watching and happy studies!

Can you sing?

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ストレスとイントネーション入門 - ジェニファーとの英語 (Introduction to Stress and Intonation - English with Jennifer)

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    John に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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