Adastra Speech on YouTube
Where to find pronunciation and intonation practice videos
What to Watch
Sometimes my newsletters have a link to a video of me demonstrating the speech feature I write about, but I don’t think I’ve ever written about the YouTube channel itself. Here’s what you can find on it.
All the videos that demonstrated a speech feature in a newsletter are posted here in this playlist, “Newsletter Videos.” I have a link to the newsletter that the video was originally posted in the description of the video.
The last one I posted was April 18th, right as I was preparing to make my big move across the country. This is something I want to get back to doing - I will make more newsletter posts that contain videos explaining and demonstrating specific pronunciation and intonation examples, like this one:
After each Meetup, I immediately record myself pronouncing the words or sentences that we practiced together. People can hear the words again and get more practice if they were in the Meetup, or watch to practice pronunciation without coming to the Meetup.
There is a link to the same spreadsheet that I am using in the description area of the video.
In the bottom right corner of each video is a “Subscribe” icon to click on if you want to subscribe to automatically receive the videos as they are published.
This Meetup group has two meetings a week - Mondays at 6-7pm and Tuesdays at 12-1pm (both are in US Eastern time). I have a playlist for Monday and one for Tuesday to make it easier to find the videos.
Meetup - American English Intonation
This Meetup group meets once a week - Wednesdays at 6-7pm (US Eastern time). The main focus is on groups of words so we can look for connections and sound changes that happen between words and which words should be emphasized with higher stress and longer duration. We also practice individual words when necessary and those are found on the second tab of the spreadsheets.
These videos are from the free information course, "What is Accent Modification?" on Thinkific, the website on which I am slowly creating and adding free information courses and group courses. That is where the full text is for the information in each video. https://adastraspeechonline.thinkific.com/courses/am-basics
Now we’re way back to 2017 when I hired a professional video crew to make some short informational videos about what accent modification is and how I work. I thought all videos needed to be so professional looking, but all that meant was I procrastinating making them until I had help making them look good.
As you can tell, the videos I post now aren’t nearly as polished but I have come to believe that getting the information out there is more important than waiting until it’s a great video. As I keep making them, I get better at it, but posting three Meetup videos a week has made me much more comfortable at making them with the focus on being useful. I hope that’s the case.