How to speak like an American: Part 2

Learn stress and intonation skills to make you sound fluent and confident.
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  • Lectures 16
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Expert Level
  • Languages English
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Published 11/2013 English

Course Description

This is a course for high intermediate advanced students of English. The course is given entirely in American English. The focus is on speaking with correct stress, intonation and"melody" in American English. The section focuses on stress and the many ways it is used. Skills are are explicitly taught by example. In the second section, the concentration changes to speaking phrases and sentences. Most of the lectures are provided in video. The last few lectures are given as a narrated PowerPoint. This is to provide practice listening.

Students who take this course will improve dramatically in their American English speaking skills.

What are the requirements?

  • Students must be at an intermediate level of English speaking to benefit the most from this course.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to meet with the teacher in the live sessions for direction and extra practice.
  • Students will need a quiet place to listen to the videos and practice the exercises.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Student will be able to speak with appropriate contractions and reductions.
  • In this course, students will learn the rules off stress, and major exceptions to the rules.
  • In this course, students will learn what reductions and contractions are and when to use them.

Who is the target audience?

  • Students who speak American English at work
  • Students preparing for exams like the TOEFL or IELTS
  • Persons who have to give a business presentation
  • Students who are at a high intermediate to an advanced level in English speaking

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A short introduction about what stress and intonation are and why we need to study them.

Section 1: The Basics of Stress in American English

Learn the basic rules for placing stress on two-syllable words.


This lecture explains about stressing words in sentences and how it affects meaning.


Learn the small differences in pronouncing "can" and "can't" and how they relate to the schwa sound.


This lesson teaches students how to reduce the words "or" "for", "at" "are" etc. in unstressed situations.


More practice and lecture on the nuances of stress.


This lesson explains how pronouns often change the way they sound in natural speech. The pronoun "you" and how it is spoken is also emphasized.


This lecture explains the two kinds of compound nouns heard in speech and how to place stress.


This class sessions teaches the rules for pronouncing words with the suffix -ion.


This exercise contains six sentences which combine several stress skills.

Section 2: Part 2: Basic Intonation

This lecture teaches exact intonation to express contrast in both a question and statement form.


This lecture explains and provides practice for the two types of tag questions in American English.


This lecture explains and practices two kinds of intonation experienced in longer sentences.


There are two sounds which are used like words. In this lecture, both are taught. Students learn details about the pronunciations.


This is a quick lesson about the "teen" and 'tee" numbers and how to pronounce them.

6 questions

This is a 6 question quiz on the "rules" of stress. Exceptions to the rules are not important for this quiz.

1 page

This document contains the main ideas taught and practiced in this course.

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Instructor Biography

Katherine Katsenis, Philanthropist, Teacher, Mental illness wrangler

I have been a teacher my whole adult life, now going on 25 years! My passion is helping students become fluent in English.

My other goal is to help others with mental illness, so I have shared my story and my ways of living a positive life. All my classes are reasonably priced so students can get the help they need.

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