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Does the expression EXCUSE ME mean surprise or complaint? Speak English like a Native

Apr 24, 2015

There are words and phrases that get different meaning depending on what in intonation and stress you put in to it. This is not always taught in a traditional English classroom.


Learning how to control your intonation and using intonation like an Native English Speaker is even more important than building vocabulary.


Both of them are important but intonation affects the meaning of what you say and how people understand you.


Here in this video, we are going to learn about the expression, “Excuse me.”


When you’re are walking and bumped on someone,you’ll say excuse me in an apologetic or polite way. The words are not that stressed.


When you’re trying to catch someone’s attention. You will have your intonation go up.and a little bit louder when you say “excuse me.”


When you get offended, and you use this phrase, you draw out the syllables and you will make ‘cu’ of excuse sound like ‘kyoo.’


There’s one other usage of the expression “excuse me” and you will find it you when you watch the whole video.


Remember, practice and shadow what Gabby’s saying and soon you will sound so Natural speaking in English like her!


Click here to watch the video on YouTube



Photo Credit: David Goehring

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