How does the pitch change through the phrase “a gorgeous young model”?

When one pronounces the phrase a gorgeous young model in a very normal way (without any special stress to emphasize a specific meaning), which word will be said in the highest pitch, which word will be said in the lowest pitch and which word will receive the middle range? Information added later: Yeah, I mean … Read more

Young native-speaking males emphasizing deep voices

Recently a possibly new speech pattern has come to my attention and I am wondering whether it is genuine or whether I am mistaken. It is young, male native speakers emphasizing a deep, “rough” voice. I’ve heard e.g. Americans and Australians do this, it can sound quite a bit forced and not genuinely “hulkish” (like … Read more

Does word pronunciation change when it’s in a sentence?

I’m Chinese and am learning English. When I watch video materials from US and UK, I’ve noticed a phenomenon: in British, a word may sound much different when it’s said in a sentence compared to when it’s spoken solely. For example, when saying dangerous [ˈdeɪndʒərəs] all by itself as a single word, British English pronunciation … Read more

Which pronunciation and intonation is better or native-like? (two recordings of 20 seconds attached)

Community! Me and my sister decided to find out whose pronunciation/intonation is better. Can you please help us out? Recording 1 (vocaroo) Recording 2 (vocaroo) Answer As far as pronunciation goes, from the point of view of RP standards, the recording 2 is of a somewhat better quality; the reasons are that in the first … Read more

Negative word for someone whose voice pitch varies too much? (opposite of monotone)

The closest word I can come up with is “dynamic”, but that has positive connotations. I’m looking for a word for someone whose voice is dynamic to the extreme–overly varied intonation. The best I can come up with is pitchy, but that is more appropriate for singing. There is also affected, but that’s overly broad–I … Read more

How can we distinguish “uptalk” from a real question?

uptalk or high rising terminals is an intonation pattern where declarative statements occur with yes/no question intonation. “It is used when the speaker is establishing common ground with the listener as the basis for the conversation, and when the speaker is seeking silent affirmation or some factor that would otherwise require explanation before the conversation … Read more

Meaning difference caused by intonation

I’m English learner living in Korea and I’ve just studied English ‘intonation.’ I already know when people speak a general sentence, the last word is focused. However, I can’t understand some parts of the book. “If people want to emphasize on the words in the sentence, they can put an intonation on the sentence. For … Read more