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American English learners use fewer pitches than native speakers do




a pitch


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9+ pitch

vs intonation

how pitch
affects stress

english needs contrast.


You may already feel that your american English pronunciation has good vowels, consonants, and basic sounds.

However, these are not enough.

Truly natural speech requires a variety of pitches: high pitches for stress, low pitches for reductions, as well as different pitch registers across sentences.

This is because, without pitch, it is difficult to know where one word ends and the next word begins.

This is especially true when using reductions, linking, and other tools for natural, conversational speech.

If you feel that people are having some difficulty understanding you, or that your speech is flat/monotone/robotic, pitch may be the answer to your problems.

So, let's explore some of the most common pitch patterns native speakers use. You will hear native speakers as models, as well as nonnative speakers to identify what sounds natural and what does not.


 order the full-course below

  • Pitch Apprenticeship

    Receive Pitch Apprenticeship Course
    • Pitch Apprenticeship 75-Minute Video Course

what students will discover

*the difference between Pitch vs intonation

*the difference in pitch between stressed and unstressed sounds

*9 of the most commonly used pitch patterns in american english

*what it means to sound flat, to 
have pitches that are too
high/low, as well as what sounds

module 1: Introduction to Pitch

learn what pitch is, complete with practice
scale exercises and comparisons
with intonation

module 2: Function

study the roles of pitch in stressing and
reducing words in sho
rt phrases as well
as whole sentences


module 3: Patterns

listen to 9 common pitch patterns
native speakers regularly use.
additionally, listen to english learners
try to copy each pattern, as well as
the feedback they receive
for a more natural sound


module 4: nonnative feedback

listen to nonnative speakers with
nonstandard pitch, as well as feedback to
achieve a more natural sound


what students said about the pitch apprenticeship and our courses


I’m required to imitate the speech and got instant feedback in how well I did or where I could improve, which I found very helpful

It was great to know the common 9 types of pitches.

It was good to have spontaneous review from Geoff. I can’t wait to watch and practice again and again.

Now that I heard people speaking, I can recognize those patterns that I had learnt and that helps me to improve my speech over time.

I really enjoy taking the course.

What students have said
about our courses


*perfectionist english learners
*people worried about sounding flat/monotone
*people who believe they are misunderstood
*passionate language-learners
*people who  are open to new approaches
*people who want to sound natural

Who should become
a pitch apprentice?


*more worried about mouth position
*not willing to record themselves
*not able to study on their own
*want to use the same approaches they always have


who should not become
an apprentice


how long is the video course
the class is about 75 minutes long.

what is the format of the course?
the course consists of a live workshop with 
english learners from different countries. We explore
four modules, covering a basic defin
ition of pitch, 
exercises to expand your range of pitches, 
an overview of 9 common pitch pitch patterns in 
american english, as well as a feedback given to
the students live during the workshop and examples
of non-native pitch patterns.

What happens when I buy the course?
once you purchase the course, you will receive
an email
with a link to a page with the video.

Can i get a refund?
refunds must be requested within 7 days of purchase and
will be processed upon completion of a survey, which must
be completed during those same 7 days. if you have any
hesitation at all about purchasing, i do not recommend
purchasing the course.

Where do I purchase the pitch apprenticeship?
you can find the video course to purchase towards 
the top of the page, or right here:


  • Pitch Apprenticeship

    Receive Pitch Apprenticeship Course
    • Pitch Apprenticeship 75-Minute Video Course
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