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  • In this American English pronunciation video, we're going to go over word stress and intonation

  • in lists.

  • The rule for stress and intonation in lists is easy. Each item goes up in pitch until

  • the final item, which goes down in pitch. Let's look at an example. I'm driving you,

  • Dan, and Cindy to the party. So here, we're listing three things, three people: you, up

  • in pitch; Dan, up in pitch; and Cindy, down in pitch. Up, up, down. I'm driving you, Dan,

  • and Cindy to the party.

  • It's easy, right? Let's look at a few more examples. You can have cereal, pancakes, or

  • oatmeal. Cereal, pancakes, or oatmeal. Up, up, down. You can have cereal, pancakes, or oatmeal.

  • My mom, dad, little sister, and grandma are visiting next week. My mom, dad, little sister,

  • and grandma are visiting next week. Up, up, up, down.

  • I dusted, vacuumed, and straightened the living room. Dusted, vacuumed and straightened. Up,

  • up, down.

  • She just got back from a trip to Spain, Portugal, and France. Spain, Portugal, and France. Up,

  • up, down.

  • Now, that's not hard, is it? Intoning lists this way, along with leaving a small pause

  • for the commas, will make you easier to understand.

  • That's it, and thanks so much for using Rachel's English.

  • Don't stop there. Have fun with my real-life English videos. Or get more comfortable with

  • the IPA in this play list. Learn about the online courses I offer, or check out my latest video.

In this American English pronunciation video, we're going to go over word stress and intonation

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Word Stress and Lists: American English Pronunciation

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    Caurora posted on 2016/10/01
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