The Greek word for "one tone" is monotonia, which is the root for both monotone and the closely-related word monotonous, which means "dull and tedious." A continuous sound, especially someone's voice, that doesn't rise and fall in pitch, is a monotone. When someone speaks in a monotone, his voice is flat and boring — plus listeners don't know how the speaker is feeling when everything sounds the same.
When I started my speech training, one of the first things I wanted to learn was how to avoid sounding monotonous. I wanted to be popular and felt that I have wonderful ideas to share, but I felt that no one wanted to listen to me. I was listening to some native English speakers and their ideas were not more interesting than mine, but the way they spoke was so engaging, so they could easily manage to grab people's attention. I said to myself I want to speak like that.
in 2004 I found Linda James, a drama school speech tutor with 35 years of experience. My speech and my life changed in a month. I found Linda's speech training so useful that I have decided to share this knowledge with others and to write and publish a book. To date Linda and I have published six books and eight apps for English speech mastery.
In this blog post I would like to share with you a few tips about how to break from a monotone and make your speech interesting to listen to.
First, I would like to outline the main patterns of a monotonous speech.
1. Number one is that all words in a phrase or sentence unstressed, or all words in a phrase or sentence stressed. Namely, all words are pronounced with the same vocal power, with the tone of voice and with the same pitch level.
2. Number two is incorrect use of pauses or no pauses at all.
3. Number three is that there is the speaker doesn't show the colour or the emotion of words.
What you can do to overcome these unhelpful patterns:
1. Stress words that are important for a meaning of a phrase or sentence.
2. "Throw away" unimportant words.
3. Liaise prepositions and articles to the main word.
4. Use pauses in place of coma, full stop and before stressed words.
5. Think about the meaning of words and put appropriate emotions to make words alive.
You can practice these speech tools with our apps "Fluent English Speech" and "4Ps, Power, Pitch,Pace , Pause" and with the book "Get Rid of your Accent Part Two, Advanced Level" by Linda James and Olga Smith