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DO NOT speak like THIS if you want to sound INTELLIGENT – 2 MAJOR mistakes

DO NOT speak like THIS if you want to sound INTELLIGENT – 2 MAJOR mistakes


hello everyone and welcome back to
english with lucy if you want to sound intelligent and professional when you
speak English then you need to watch this video
trust me I am going to show you the two things that you need to avoid doing if
you want to sound smart and clever in English I’m going to discuss two
phenomena that make people sound dumb and unintelligent when they speak
without them even realising it if you do one of these things in a job interview
it has actually been proven that it decreases your chances of getting hired
I’m going to fully explain these two phenomena I’m gonna tell you where
they’re derived from where they came from I’m going to tell you why you
shouldn’t use them or do them and I will also mention these specific occasions
where it is okay to use them quickly before we get started I’d just like to
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let’s get started with this very important lesson the
first of two topics that I’m going to discuss two things that you need to
either stop doing or avoid doing is upward inflection this is a feature of
language which has many names it’s also called up speak up talk rising
intonation high rising terminal or high rising intonation this is where
declarative sentence clauses end with a rising pitch intonation in simple terms
this means that you say statements or affirmative phrases as you would a
question for example when I asked would you like some help I say would you like
some help I raised the pitch at the end of the sentence to show that it’s a
question would you like anything else with that it goes up ever so slightly
now with upward inflections there’s normally a series of these clauses with
rising intonation but then in the final Clause the end of the sentence there’s
usually a falling pitch so think about that would you like some help
question well if I said yes I would like some help but did it with an upward
inflection it would sound yes I’d like some help it doesn’t sound quite right
but it’s now really really common especially in American English but we’ll
talk about that later when we talk about where it came from
so an example of this upward inflection is me and William we went to the shops
we bought some apples we bought some pears we saw my friend Jessica and then
we went home so did you notice that when I was talking my voice raised at the end
of each Clause and then at the end of the sentence the pitch fell that felt
ridiculous to do that now if you want to sound professional and intelligent you
need to avoid doing this many of my students used to do this and they used
to do it for two reasons the first reason was that they’d heard it in the
movies or in TV shows and they had been subconsciously emulating it this is
because this upward inflection is thought for you’re derived from the west
coast of America where lots of films are based nowadays you’ll see it in a lot of
movies when they’re trying to portray character as unintelligent or
superficial in America I also think this is called Valley speak although that
covers a lot of things it kind of describes a valley girl a girl from a
certain area who speaks like this and is a bit superficial and a bit fake so
that’s the first reason why my students use this when I used to teach real-life
in-person students the second reason was much more understandable they used to
raise their voice at the end of a sentence because they weren’t 100% sure
if what they just said was grammatically correct they were raising their voice
like a question to imply that they wanted correction or reassurance for
example a student might say to me I went back to my country to visit my mother
like I’m not quite sure if this is correct but I hope you’ll correct me
it’s sort of like asking a question by making a statement now if you’re a
non-native speaker you should really avoid doing this if you’re in a
professional situation because it shows your insecurities about your language
skills it might make your client or interviewer doubt that you are confident
with your language skills now some of the advice that I’ve given you in
previous videos is to copy people that you want to sound like so try and
imitate them in order to improve your pronunciation and your fluency bear in
mind when you select someone that you’d like to imitate if they use up put
inflections or not if they are using them then it might be best to find
someone else unless you just really like the sound of upward inflections and I’m
not going to judge you for that when I was a kid I used to think that upward
inflections were cool because they were what I saw in the movies
so my friends and I I’ve mentioned this before we used to play pretend at school
and at home in American accents and we used to use this upward inflection
because we just saw the cool movie stars doing it so we did it too so I can
understand why you’d want to copy it but I just want to warn you the risks of
copying it now the second topic that I’m going to talk about is the word like but
I want you to fully understand all of the uses of the word like and the
situations in which should not use like I’m going to talk
about six uses for like two of which are very very bad they are not professional
they will make you sound am I going to say it yeah they’ll make you sound dumb
you will sound dumb if you say this potentially controversial but I’m
protective of you I don’t want you to sound unintelligent now the overuse of
the word like is the pet hate of many of the older generations it’s something new
that’s come in through popular culture I imagine it came in around the 90s but I
looked back and actually it’s been around for a lot longer than that
there are many situations in which like is the perfect word to use and the only
correct one that you can use but if you listen in to a typical young
conversation you will probably hear the word like an obscene amount of times
next time you listen to a youtubers storytime try and count how many times
they say like in your head I know that I say it too much as well I I use it to
replace other words when I shouldn’t so firstly like can be used as a
preposition in comparisons for example she looks like Candace King and now
Candace King is a noun I said that example because so many of you comment
below my videos saying I look like her and I looked at her Instagram and I am
very flattered very very flattered secondly like can be used as a
conjunction for example they seem like they are
happy together thirdly it can be used as a noun
what are your likes and dislikes and finally it can be used as a verb I like
this music do you like me now number five and six are these controversial
uses that you should consider avoiding if you want to sound intelligent number
five light can be used as a quote ative and in particular a colloquial or slang
quote ative it’s used to express that whatever follows isn’t an exact
quotation but gives a general feel for what is said that might not seem clear
but when I give you an example it will be in this usage
you put light together with a verb and it’s normally the verb to be this is a
really important one for you to understand because we do use it a lot in
colloquial informal English I definitely use it with my friends an example he was
like I can’t go to the party I’m saying he plus 2b plus like he was like and
this expresses that whatever I’m going to say after this is not exactly what he
said but it’s similar he was like I can’t go to the party and I was like oh
my god I can’t believe it this form of like can also be used to paraphrase an
idea or an unspoken feeling for example I was like what the hell I didn’t say
what the hell I’m showing how I felt or what I thought and number six like can
be used as a filler this is probably the most common use of like light can be
used in the same way as um or for example she asked me to like give a
speech but I hadn’t like prepared anything it’s exactly the same as saying
she asked me to give a speech but I hadn’t prepared anything now the reason
why you shouldn’t use like in this way is it shows a sort of nonchalance or
disinterest in what you’re saying like you can’t be bothered to properly think
about what you’re speaking about be really really careful if you do decide
to use this because you can get into such a strong habit in general I like to
say avoid using but sometimes it’s impossible sometimes you just can’t
think of the word and you need to include a filler I would highly suggest
avoiding using like as a filler because it ends up sounding really really
juvenile now in certain parts of the UK like is also being used as a filler on
the end of phrases it’s sort of being used as an alternative to you know which
is also a repetitive thing that we use too much it’s a colloquial interjection
and it shows the desire for everyone to remain calm and to reduce tension for
example just be cool like or it doesn’t matter
now I would never say this because in my region we don’t say this and I probably
sound ridiculous saying it but in the northern region of the UK and in Wales
for example they do use this right those are the two things that you need to
consider avoiding if you want to sound intelligent and professional and not
dumb when speaking English if there’s anything else that you think we could
avoid or include to sound better in English please do comment it down below
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going to die it’s so hot in this room I found a radiator that won’t switch off I
don’t know what to do I’ve called my landlord so firstly life
can be used as a preparation preparation sounds magical

100 thoughts on “DO NOT speak like THIS if you want to sound INTELLIGENT – 2 MAJOR mistakes

  1. Speaking of the overuse of the word like other words are just as annoying and if you are a Londoner you are probably guilty of this. Words and phrases like 'yeah' and 'right' and 'you know what I mean."

  2. وش تعجبني هاد المخلوقة الكيوت هههه كاش عرب عنا ولا راني وحدي ندور

  3. Lake Bell has a great line about upward inflections in the film In A World. (Squeaky voice with upward inflection), "You don't want to sound like babies that make everything sound like a question." Then, (resonant tone), "Let's make a statement!" I also once saw in interview with Portia de Rossi in which it was noted that Australians tend to use the upward inflections almost habitually; in fact, it helps to sell an Australian accent if one includes it.

    I, like, um, you know, like, really like, those, uh, examples, like.

    P.S. Watch the last thirty seconds of this video, and count the upward inflections. 😉

  4. I believe Valley talk began in the 70s . When I was a teen. I hated it then and I still do not like it. But I love you.

  5. I really think people should start using “was” and “were” properly. It’s a massive pet peeve of mine. Example: “I just hate the way you was talking about me” 🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮 like, no… 🤣

  6. Hell I'd like to sound like a news reader. So I'm trying to speak with a news hook intonation. I know this sounds unnatural, but I find it cool.

  7. I try to imitate Frank Underwood when I speak English, but by doing so I have developed a very low-pitched voice and now sound a bit like Darth Vader 😂
    Anyways, people are either going to fear me or to laugh at me uncontrollably.

  8. I only started hearing upvote when I moved from South Africa to England. I remember how confused I was. Couldn’t understand why people say things like they’re asking questions lol.
    Also swallowing the letter “h”. For example, instead of “ butter” you hear “ bu’ur”. It still irritates me to this day. 😂

  9. Hello, Lucy. It is my sincerest hope that you implore viewers and students to never begin a sentence with the words "me", "her and" or "him and". No one sounds intelligent or disciplined when beginning a sentence in those ways. My fingers are crossed in hopes that you agree.

  10. To be honest – it doesn’t make any difference to me how any person speak – accents may be different due to a country of origin. What really makes people sound and look stupid is when they try to colourise own work experience she/he never had. This is very common in western end of europe. Please guys – stop saying should be okay everytime you think job is done properly.

  11. One of the phrases you used in the video was “Bare in mind when you select someone you’d like to imitate if they use upward inflections or not”. However, I learned long time ago at school that you shouldn’t use “if…or not”, but instead you should say “whether…or not”. So, kind of:
    My friend asked me if I wanted to come over.
    or
    My friend asked me whether I wanted to come over or not.

    I’d like to find out if this mattered in a conversation. Or actually is there even such a rule? 😊 Thank you very much in advance! ❤️

  12. Did you really put British English in your opening ? Not like the 4 countries in Britain sounds the same or even close

  13. Haha, you disparaged the 2 main pet peeves of mine. Thank you! They're so annoying and it gives me deep satisfaction that a language expert confirms my suspicions: they do sound stupid!

    Greetings from Krautland, love your channel! 🙂

  14. There is an Instagram Influencer with over 1 million followers who speaks almost every sentence with upward inflection…drives me mental!!! I don’t think she’s unintelligent but she certainly sounds like it. 😬

  15. I would just adore it if you would most kindly defecate down my throat whilst stamping on my bOllocks with industrial boots while I'm dressed as my mother.

  16. I hear upward inflection a lot in female american speech, not just in movie characters but also in youtubers, and I think it's quite annoying to be honest, though I didn't know it had a name or that it sounded stupid to natives as well.

  17. It's more important to work on character and how to treat others and be more respectful and less judgemental than focusing on grammar spelling and pronunciation. Yes..it is good to speak well or sound professional…but it will not matter if you do it and are still disrespectful.

  18. Another reason which I personally had time to time about uptalk was that I was thinking of a longer sentence then while I would say it I would realise it would sound stupid if I completely said it so I'd stop in the middle of the sentence where it would look like I thought of ending with a high pitch sounding like a jerk lol

    (on a "would" roll apparently)

  19. If you think you‘re more intelligent when you sound intelligent, you‘re unintelligent. That‘s why this video is basically pointless.

  20. My native language is Norwegian and upward inflection is a common problem among Norwegians when we’re going to learn a new language. The reason is because this is the way we speak Norwegian. Our language is very melodic.

  21. This video is super helpful because I didn’t even know those habit make you look less smart! I have copied how my friend talks or how my favorite YouTuber talk, but will be careful to pick who I copy from now on! Thanks Lucy, 🤗

  22. OMG I really use "like" a lot …….also in conditions you told not to…Oh! I have got to do lot of hard work!😅

    I had a question
    Why do the Americans say "Why" in the beginning of most of the sentences

    Why thank you!
    Why you have got to do it!

    Why??

  23. but Lucy, this is how 90% of people in the UK now speak.
    The English language has died.
    It's ALL american now. Valley talk, upspeak and vocal fry are now all fairly common and accepted. It's over. That is the new English.
    This is also true for many words too. Aeroplane is now Airplane, Racing car is now Race car, shop is now store, insects are now bugs, etc. etc.

  24. 영상 너무 재미있게 봤어요^^ 저도 영어를 하면서도 이게 맞는 표현인가에 대해서 생각을 하였는데 이 영상을 보고 다시 한번 저의 말하는 방식에 대해 생각해보게 되었습니다… 영상 올려주셔서 감사하고요 앞으로도 힘내세요!!^^

  25. Could you please or please do I beg you to make a video of overuse ‘you know ‘ , ‘ ‘you know ‘ severely drive me crazy,can anybody imagine in a short conversation you could hear hundreds of ‘you know’……..’you know ‘……’you know’……………..’you know’……..,,,,’you know’. Sometimes I actually really don’t know that the things they expect me to know yet without telling me 😳Too much ‘you know’ are they proper ?

  26. I’m a native English speaker from the Minnesota in the American upper Midwest. And all this is fascinating as hell. Language and evolution of language is so interesting.

  27. Another proper use of the word "like" is as part of a simile such as (to quote a well known movie) "They go together like peas and carrots."

  28. If you really want to sound uneducated, try the Cockney English of east London, but, of course, slamming Brits is not nearly as popular as slamming Americans. LOL.

  29. Im not a english speaker… but i dont use the mistakes you mentioned… and yeah.. i want to speak like Joseph morgan😁

  30. WOW you just portrayed US citizens, Scots, Welsh and northern Brits as “stupid” because they speak, in your opinion, weirdly and that everyone speaking “juvenile” sounds dumb. 😂 Cant wait for you to scrutinize Trumps Speech!

  31. Ads on the beginning of the video, ads throughout the video…so irritating, and a shame since these are potentially great videos. Tuning out.

  32. I remember my grammar teacher telling me once that what differences a good English speaker than someone who is not is when you properly change the question to a noun clause for example:

    Speaker 1: where is she?
    Speaker 2: I don't know where she is.

    And NOT "I don't know where is she". Which is a very common mistake.

  33. I can't believe how Norwegian that upward inflection sounds.
    Off topic: what takes more time; preparing for your lessons or getting your hair to look like that? (NOT sarcastic, your hair looks fantastic).

  34. I don't know why and how but I'm able to understand EVERY single word you say Lucy. I'm from Argentina, 19 years old and I used to think that I'm not good at English comprehension, but I come to your Youtube channel and I realize that is not 100% sure.

    PD: Sorry for my grammar and language mistakes. I do my best but Writing is not my cup of tea :'(

  35. Such a wonderful face, voice, accent and hair you have..I don’t want to learn English anymore, I wanna meet you for one ☝️ day ((face to face))

  36. Using the word "goes" before relating what someone said. "And then he goes 'you're beautiful' and she goes 'why thank you' and he goes 'you're welcome'."
    Drives me crazy.

  37. If you are confident in your own intelligence how you come across to others me and little. If what I say is understood by the person listening I have done my job and how I say it doesn't matter. Matters only to low intelligent people who are judgemental of others and want to feel better about themselves.

  38. I was surprised to hear an English teacher call us "Americans". Ordinarily, the intelligent would refer to us as "People in the U.S.". You see, "America" is more of a slang word, as it could also include Canadians and Guatemalans.
    And stating "Me and William, we went to the shops". I would hope using "me" instead of "I" was another reference to a good way to sound dumb.

  39. The upward inflection thing is something I really struggle with since it’s normal in Portuguese (Brazilian at least), which is my first language. But I do agree it’s quite weird in English. 🇧🇷 🤪

  40. I really hope your video gets shown in schools. Upspeak has been.. like..driving me literally nuts for years.
    One thing I’d question in your video is use of the word dumb, as to mean unintelligent. To my knowledge this is an Americanisation. The English definition of the word dumb (as per the Oxford English Dictionary) is, to be unable to speak.

  41. This is a waste of time but appropriate for the younger generations brought up on dumb Hollyweird movies. Education has also been dumbed down in the last 30 years so no surprise younger people sound dumb.

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