How Tone of Voice Can Lie

Did you ever talk to an English person and get confused because what they were saying to you didn’t quite seem to make sense? – Perhaps you encountered one of the sophisticated liars of England who make use of tone of voice and speaking style to appear nice, professional or kind when telling you something that doesn’t quite make sense and often means the opposite.

The sophisticated liars of England are to be encountered in the professions. I have personally come across them in the charity sector and among those who work for the government. I also know that some of my fans have encountered them as teachers or doctors. Not all people who do these kinds of jobs are liars, but plenty of them are, and they know how to speak in such a way so that they can save face when telling you something that seems untrue or you know if false.

How to spot a sophisticated liar? The thing to know is that they are very skilled using expression and tone of voice. They will manage to convince you of what they are saying, though at the same time you will feel confused or as if it makes no sense. You may leave your encounter with them feeling a little ashamed, not good enough, or as if you did something wrong.

While you may not be able to change the outcome of a situation by knowing the person you are dealing with is lying to you, knowing that such people exist can help you to feel less doubtful about yourself. Over time and with practice you can even discover how to counteract them!

To be on guard against the sophisticated liars of England (who may well be the best in the world, although these kinds of people do exist everywhere), train yourself to listen to the words themselves. What a person actually says and their actions to back it up are always much more important that HOW a person says something, no matter how charming or professional a person may appear on the surface.

About Jade Joddle Jade Joddle is a speech and voice teacher who gives her non-native speaker clients back the confidence they had in their native language. She teaches high-level professionals to Speak Well in English so that they thrive and succeed.