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Intonation in English: How Tone Changes the Meaning of O.K.



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There are at least 7 theories about the origins of the word O.K. They range from Greek origins, to Scottish, to African, to British, to American politics! You can read about them here:

The English Word O.K.’s Origins & Uses

But this video isn’t about where the word came from, it’s about what native speakers mean when they say it, and how they change its meaning by changing their intonation.

Watch the video and leave us a comment! If you’re an Australian, British, New Zealander or other English speaker, do you use these tones the same way? Let us know in the comments.

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