Finance & Accounting Professionals need to communicate in English on a daily basis, and if you work with the US or live and work in the US, it’s important that everyone understand you clearly. It can hurt your credibility, confidence, and ability to do your job if people either misunderstand you or misinterpret what you say. In order to be clear in American English, you’ll want to master the key components of the language.

Now that you have completed the first six courses in this series, you are ready to learn more about intonation or the rhythm and melody of American English and how it impacts your speech in general. You’ll especially want to know more about this so that you can project a strong presence when you speak.

This course focuses on intonation, the music of the language. You’ll learn how to put together everything you’ve learned so far to perfect the “pitch swings” of American English (when to go “up” and when to go “down.”) You’ll also learn the best practices of speech in terms of posture, articulation, projection, and breathing. This will affect you delivering your message, whether in a meeting, one-on-one or in a presentation.

This course also uses finance & accounting vocabulary so that when you learn the concepts of English, you’ll also learn to say the words that come up for you every day at work.

Course Key Concepts: English, pronunciation, pronounce, American, vocabulary, finance words, accounting words, intonation, rhythm, music of the language.

Learning Objectives
  • Explore what intonation is and how to create pitch swings that support your message.
  • Discover what patterns Americans use to support their intonation by shortening and elongating sounds, dropping sounds, and using pitch swings.
  • Master posture and breath techniques that will support the intonation you desire, including exercises to improve articulation, projection, and exhalation as well as control for pausing and group words into thought groups, speaking with authority and credibility.
Last updated/reviewed: March 25, 2024

Included In Certifications

This course is included in the following Certification Programs:

8 CoursesFinance & Accounting English For Non-Native Speakers of American English - Certification Program

  1. Finance and Accounting English for Non-Native Speakers: The Vowels of American English
  2. Finance and Accounting English for Non-Native Speakers: Comparative Contrasts in Usage with the Vowels of American English
  3. Finance and Accounting English for Non-Native Speakers: The Consonants in American English
  4. Finance and Accounting English for Non-Native Speakers: Comparative Contrasts in Usage of Consonants in American English
  5. Finance and Accounting English for Non-Native Speakers: Endings on Words in American English
  6. Finance and Accounting English for Non-Native Speakers: Word Stress in American English
  7. Finance and Accounting English for Non-Native Speakers: Intonation & Presence in American English
  8. Finance and Accounting English for Non-Native Speakers: A Crash Course in Finance & Accounting Vocabulary for American English
Course Complexity: Foundational

No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.
This course will help to have access to a phonetic / pronunciation dictionary for American English that uses the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), such as Longman’s Cambridge or Oxford for American English.

Education Provider Information
Company: Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
Contact: For more information regarding this course, including complaint and cancellation policies, please contact our offices at (408) 400- 3993 or send an e-mail to .
Instructor for this course
Course Syllabus
  Introduction to Intonation and Presence in American English1:52
  How to Speak Like an American6:27
  EBL & DBL5:24
  Posture Exercise3:45
  Your Voice13:16
  Breathing Exercises5:30
  Vocalizing Exercises3:07
  Intonation & Presence in American English58:25
  Slides: Intonation & Presence in American EnglishPDF
  Intonation & Presence in American English Glossary/ IndexPDF
  Manual - Finance and Accounting Accent ReductionPDF
  Manual -The Voice Body ConnectionPDF