Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

Today you’ll get pro pronunciation tips from Michelle, coming to us from All Ears English!

This is a groundbreaking episodeMichelle and Jessica have never recorded together before!

Now, if you don’t sound interested in what you are saying, while you are talking, people don’t want to listen to you (including the examiner.)

If you’re using amazing vocabulary, you need to give these words room for attention, or they’ll fly right by the examiner.

3 Activities to Improve Expressiveness

Step 1- Be Aware

Some say that Americans sound almost cartoonish when the speak- that’s true! We’re expressive! Thus, it’s great to copy this sort of pronunciation.

To become aware, watch a lot of TV and movies, and even go see a play.

Focus on one character, and think about how this person shows their emotions.

Any sitcom, like Friends, will provide great examples of extreme pronunciation that you can learn from.

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Step 2- Find Examples in Real Life

Listening for interesting expressiveness in real life is a whole other layer to continue developing your awareness.

Pay attention to how a person’s pronunciation reflects feelings, as do gestures and facial expressions.

On the IELTS Speaking Exam, fake it ’til you make it!

This means you have to practice sounding excited and emotional, and, eventually, you will really feel and show these things.

If you don’t live in an English-speaking country, listen or watch interview shows, like the podcast WTF, or the TV show Ellen.

Step 3- Think!

Before you speak English, take a silent moment to consider what emotion you want to express with your voice.

Maybe you want to sound interested, or frustrated. Remind yourself to sound the way you intend to sound. Experiment!

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