Intonation Clinic by Kim Dodge

Intonation Clinic

Master Melody, Music, and Meaning in English

Master Melody, Music, and Meaning

You know your English speaking voice has so much more potential.

You want to sound more interesting, more engaging, and more natural when you talk.

Intonation Clinic will teach you how to create the melody and music of English through the rise and fall of your voice.

After one month, you’ll feel confident that you’re expressing the right emotions, attitude, and meaning through your tone.


Your ideas matter.

Your voice is a powerful tool.

You can learn how to express yourself effectively.

You know that something’s missing when you speak English.

Even though your language skills are good (you might already be fluent!), you still don’t sound the way you want to.

Maybe your pitch is all over the place - you know you need more control.

Or your voice sounds flat - you realize that Americans are much more expressive than you.
You’re tired of misunderstandings based on the way people interpret what they hear in your tone of voice.

You want to finally feel confident that you're communicating your feelings and intentions clearly.

Ever asked yourself one of these questions?

“I’ve been working on the ups and downs of my voice… but it seems like there’s more to intonation than that.What am I missing?

“Why do people think I sound bored, annoyed, or demanding when I'm actually trying to sound polite?”

“Will I ever sound as interesting, friendly, or emotional as Americans do when I speak English?”

Here's what I know about you.

You are definitely aware that you sound different than native speakers.

You can hear pitch rises and falls, but when you try it, you're not sure if you're doing it right.

You like listening to people who sound expressive, energetic, and friendly.

You’ve probably watched a bunch of YouTube videos on stress and intonation. Maybe you’ve tried shadowing or imitating what you hear.

You get that intonation is important: after all, it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.

You want to have more control over your tone of voice.

You’re nervous that you’ll choose the wrong intonation and your meaning will be completely misunderstood.

You want to make sure your tone reflects the true intentions behind your words.

You know that you can use your voice to communicate your ideas more powerfully.

You're ready to learn how.
You're looking for step-by-step guidance so you can feel confident that you’re expressing precisely what it is you want to express.

In short, you want to improve your intonation, and you want help.

intonation (noun): the way your pitch rises and falls when you speak in order to communicate feelings, emotions, and attitudes

clinic (noun): an intensive session of instruction in a specific skill or field of knowledge

Step 1: Intonation Basics: Melody and Music of English

You’ll discover how to create the natural rise and fall in pitch throughout your sentences by stressing, or emphasizing, the right words.

You’ll find out how to emphasize key words in order to bring attention to important ideas, clarify your meaning, and answer questions confidently.

You’ll understand how to change your inflection by focusing attention on different words and by shifting your pitch up or down through steps and glides.

Step 2: Intonation Patterns in American English

Next, you’ll master the three primary intonation patterns in American English: rising, falling, and non-final intonation.

You’ll understand how to choose the right intonation pattern in normal statements as well as five different types of questions.

You’ll find out how to use intonation in longer sentences and how to break your ideas into logical thought groups to make it easier for people to follow what you’re saying.

Step 3: Express Your Emotions and Meaning Through Intonation

Building on this strong foundation, you’ll learn how to develop social and emotional intelligence in English by deciphering and communicating different emotions, attitudes, and feelings in English.

You’ll practice changing your pitch for various conversational reasons, as well as how to express positive emotions and indicate negative feelings and opinions.

You’ll understand how to choose the right intonation pattern for the situation and understand nuances of American intonation that will help you understand native speakers and fit in better.

Step 4: How to Use Intonation in Real-Life Conversations

The last section of the Intonation Clinic will help you put what you’ve learned into practice by examining real-life situations where you’ll need to use the right intonation.

You’ll learn different ways to sound more polite using stress and intonation, as well as how to speak with authority or uncertainty, and how to show openness and respect.

You’ll understand how to use intonation to have more interesting conversations, how to sound more engaging, and how to show you're listening to keep conversations going smoothly - just by using your tone of voice.

Last but not least, you’ll learn special uses of intonation in American culture so that you present the best version of yourself when speaking English.

What Will Change When You Master Intonation

Intonation helps you understand the deeper meaning behind the words you hear.

You'll understand exactly what people mean when they stress different words or change their tone of voice. You'll be able to decipher key information that isn't said in words, but with a change in inflection.

Intonation helps sound more like a native speaker and improves your accent.

Your pitch will sound more natural, and less robotic. Your voice will sound more expressive and less monotone. Your accent will improve because you'll be using the music and melody of English correctly.

Intonation helps you communicate how you feel without needing the perfect words.

You'll understand how to use your voice more powerfully to emphasize key parts of your message. You'll be able to sound more polite, more professional, and more respectful of other people's ideas.

Intonation helps people follow what you're saying and encourages better conversations.

You'll know how to keep people listening by breaking your ideas into smaller pieces and helping them follow along.

You'll feel confident reflecting other people's emotions back to them with your voice.

You'll be able to use the rise and fall of your pitch to encourage people to respond to your questions, to wait before jumping in, or to invite them to keep talking.

What's Inside the Intonation Clinic

  • 27 detailed video lessons with clear explanations and tons of practice exercises
  • Five modules designed to help you build the skills you need step by step
  • Practice exercises and drills for each and every video lesson so that you can immediately practice what you learn
  • Assignments and next steps for each and every video lesson so you know how to apply what you've learned to your real life
  • Support for your questions and concerns within the course site as well as by email
  • Guidebook with complete transcripts for when you want to review

Intonation Clinic Is Different Than Other Programs

Speaking courses usually teach words and expressions, but not how you should say them, even though the way you change your pitch can completely change the meaning.

Accent reduction programs often focus on how you say certain sounds, even though stress and intonation are what truly help people understand you (even if you make pronunciation mistakes).

If you want sound like and be understood by native speakers, you need to master both key aspects of intonation: the melody and music of English, as well as how to express your emotions and attitude through your tone of voice.

During the Intonation Clinic, I’ll guide you through all of this step-by-step.

If you’re tired of trying to decipher intonation through bits and pieces of knowledge, Intonation Clinic is for you - we'll cover it all!

What's included?

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What's Inside the Intonation Clinic

Welcome to the Intonation Clinic
Introduction to Intonation in American English
9 mins
Introduction to Intonation in American English [Transcript]
How to Use the Reflection Exercises and Reflection Assignments
Reflect on Your Intonation Before You Begin
Download the Intonation Clinic Guidebook & Transcripts
5.4 MB
Questions? Here's how to get answers!
Intonation Basics: Melody and Music of English
Understanding Content and Function Words
11 mins
Understanding Stress in Normal Sentences
6 mins
Shift Stress to Make Your Meaning Clear
9 mins
Connecting Sentence Stress and Intonation
9 mins
Understanding Pitch in Your Own Voice
8 mins
Understanding Pitch Steps and Glides
10 mins
Intonation Patterns in American English
Understanding Falling Intonation
16 mins
Understanding Rising Intonation
16 mins
Understanding Holding Intonation [Part 1]
15 mins
Understanding Holding Intonation [Part 2]
12 mins
Putting Intonation Patterns into Practice
Intonation in Questions
18 mins
Intonation in Tag Questions
9 mins
Intonation for Options, Choices, and Alternatives
13 mins
Understanding Thought Groups and Chunking
16 mins
Intonation for Large Numbers and Phone Numbers
21 mins
Express Your Emotions and Meaning With Intonation
Expressing Emotions and Attitudes with Intonation
7 mins
Expressing Neutral and Conversational Emotions
20 mins
Expressing Positive Emotions
17 mins
Expressing Negative Emotions [Part 1]
11 mins
Expressing Negative Emotions [Part 2]
16 mins
How to Use Intonation in Real-Life Conversations
Improve Your Conversations with Intonation
15 mins
Expressing Certainty Versus Uncertainty
10 mins
Showing Openness, Deference, and Respect Through Intonation
12 mins
How to Sound More Engaging and Interesting with Intonation
10 mins
How to Show Active Listening with Rejoinders and Questions
14 mins
Soften Your Language and Sound More Polite with Intonation [Part 1]
16 mins
Soften Your Language and Sound More Polite with Intonation [Part 2]
15 mins
How to Add In Information with Asides
8 mins
Understanding Special Uses of Rising Intonation
10 mins
Keep Practicing Intonation
Keep Practicing Intonation
10 mins
Reflect on Your Progress With the Intonation Clinic
107 KB
Share Your Feedback on the Intonation Clinic
Bonus Videos
Understand Pitch in English and Increase Your Pitch Variation
5 mins
Practice Steps and Glides with These Pitch Exercises
8 mins
Get Started with These Simple Intonation Exercises
12 mins

I can't wait to guide you during the Intonation Clinic.

This program combines my expertise in helping non-native English speakers sound more natural, my interest in effective, engaging communication, and my belief that emotional intelligence and cultural fluency are central to connecting with others, no matter our backgrounds.

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Who is this program for?

This program IS for you if:
  • you want to reduce your accent so you are more easily understood
  • you want to learn how to use word stress to create the natural rhythm of spoken English
  • you want to learn stress patterns so you can be confident you're stressing the right syllable
  • you want to stress the right words so native speakers understand you
  • you want to know which words you should stress in word pairs, phrases, and chunks
  • you want to learn how to use stress to emphasize the key meaning of your message
  • you want to learn how to break your ideas into thought groups so that it's easy for people to follow what you're saying
  • you're willing to put in the work to practice all of these skills with practical exercises

Who is this program NOT for?

This program is NOT for you if:
  • you are looking for an accent reduction program focused on the articulation of sounds, word stress patterns, or connected speech (this program covers sentence stress, thought groups, and intonation patterns)
  • you are not interested in learning North American intonation
  • you are not willing to invest the time into watching the video lessons, repeating the practice exercises, and completing the intonation assignments (the only way to improve is through doing)
  • you speak English below the intermediate level and/or you find it extremely challenging to understand my natural speaking speed
  • you are not interested in the nuances of interpersonal communication or understanding the emotions and attitudes we communicate through tone of voice

What is the time commitment? How long will it take me to complete the Intonation Clinic?

This program is designed to take about one month to complete, if you watch one video lesson and do the practice exercises almost every day.

You will need 2-4 hours a week to watch the videos, repeat the practice exercises, and do the assignments that help you apply intonation to your real life.

While I believe you will be able to hear progress after one month, I encourage you to continue reviewing these lessons and practice exercises as you apply what you've learned to your real-life conversation. Remember, you have permanent access to the course!

What level of English do I need?

Intonation Clinic is for high intermediate, advanced, proficient and fluent non-native English speakers who can follow natural spoken English.

If you feel comfortable understanding me in my YouTube videos, you'll do fine in this program.

You will be able to adjust the speed of the pre-recorded videos and you can download a guidebook with transcripts of the videos.

What do I need to participate in the program?

You need a phone, tablet, or computer that can access the internet. The course is hosted on a platform available on all devices. You will need the ability to stream videos, download MP3s, and open PDF documents.

If I don't like the program, can I cancel?

If you are not sure if you'll like the program, I suggest you sign up for my free Intonation Challenge to see if you like my teaching style and if you think you'll benefit from improving your intonation.

Because this is a digital program with downloadable resources, purchases are non-refundable.

That said, I want you to be happy with your investment; if you are not happy with the program, please contact me directly so we can work together to find a solution.

Can I see a sample of what's inside the program?

To get an idea of what's inside the Intonation Clinic program, I suggest you sign up for my five-day Intonation Challenge.

Will I receive your feedback on my intonation?

The Intonation Clinic is designed as a self-guided program to get you the same results you would get from ongoing one-to-one coaching sessions. I encourage you to try the program first, and then consider one-to-one coaching if you'd like more feedback.

How does the payment work?

You can pay with your credit or debit card or Paypal. When you go to the course site, you'll be redirected to a secure payment processor where you can choose the payment option that works for you.

You can choose to pay in full or make two monthly payments.

After payment, you'll receive an email confirming your investment and you can finish creating your account for immediate access to the course site.

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