The Melody of English

The Melody of English

The Melody of English

Intonation & Primary Phrase Stress

Language: english

Note: 4.5/5 (45 notes) 6,839 students

Instructor(s): Sheila Lebedenko

Last update: 2022-01-15

What you’ll learn

  • Learn proper breathing techniques for connected speech
  • Learn how to divide vowels and glide up and down with them smoothly
  • Learn intonation patterns and functions
  • Learn which words to stress the most: primary phrase stress



  • It is best to take Vowels, Word Stress and The Rhythm of English before taking this course, or at least concurrently



Intonation signals to your audience that you are connecting thought units or ending them.  Sometimes we end them with finality, uncertainty, questions, or excitement, for example.   Intonation helps listeners follow you with ease.  Intonation also gives language a melody and keeps it from sounding boring.  This course will teach you proper breathing that works in sync with your intonation.  You will also learn how to divide vowels so that the vowels can carry the intonation.  Then you will apply the vowel movement knowledge to intonation patterns .  Finally you will learn how we use intonation to highlight the most important word in a chunk of information, and how to pick the most important word so that your listeners can easily follow you.  Each video lesson invites you to either repeat a word or phrase after the instructor or repeat along with the instructor. The lessons include instructor explanation and examples, along with charts, intonation drawings and stress markings so that you can see what you are hearing.  The course is accompanied by written lessons that you can print out and use to follow along and take notes.  After each lesson, you are invited to use the repetition audio provided to build muscle memory of your newly developed skills.  The more you use the repetition audio the better!   There are extra sentences in the repetition audio that are not in the videos, for extra exposure and practice.  The instructor is always making new lessons to add , so the course will grow with you.  Your feedback is invited so that the instructor can made new lessons that will be useful for you.


Who this course is for

  • Intermediate and Advanced Students of English who want to perfect their pronunciation and speak dynamically


Course content

  • Introduction
    • Introduction
  • Breathing
    • Breathing Exercise for Intonation & Connected Speech
  • How to Break Up Vowels for Intonation
    • Breaking Up Front Vowels
    • Breaking Up Central Vowels
    • Breaking Up Back Vowels
    • Breaking Up Moving Vowels (Diphthongs)
    • More Sirening Practice
  • Beginner Intonation & Primary Phrase Stress
    • Beginner Intonation Patterns
    • Primary Phrase Stress Foundations
  • Advanced Intonation
    • Advanced Intonation Patterns
    • Beginner Intonation Lession with Advanced add-ons
  • Advanced PPS- exceptions
    • Noun Constructions
    • Noun constructions Review
    • Context-Setting Adverbials and Strong Adjectives/Adverbs
    • Parentheticals
  • Review
    • Review with a famous story


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