This article, from the British Council Voices Magazine, highlights the importance of English 𝙄𝙣𝙩𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 or the ‘music’ of English. Using incorrect intonation can lead to major misunderstanding, even if English is our first language!
If English is your second language 𝙖𝙣𝙙 you feel that your speech sometimes limits your effectiveness, then sharpening your English intonation skills can help minimize the chances of miscommunication.
The article explains two simple ways to begin improving our English intonation: be aware of how others use intonation and examine our own intonation. During the day, notice how others use the music of their speech to express themselves. Also, record and re-record your own voice regularly until it conveys the attitude you wish to express.
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How English learners can improve intonation
What is intonation and how can you improve this aspect of your pronunciation? Fazle Muniem, a teacher at the British Council in Bangladesh, explains.
This article from Monster Worldwide, Inc., like many others, emphasizes the real value of having good communication skills in the workplace. It includes important suggestions that can guide us in improving our communication. These points are equally true for both native and non-native English speakers.
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