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  • Hi, Nice to meet you.

  • Um, hi. Nice to meet youtoo.

  • Do you know what happened there?

  • Romain’s words sounded friendly, but his intonation certainly didn’t.

  • And that’s what communicates the emotion. The intonation.

  • I’m Christina and youre watching Speak Better, Feel Great TV.

  • The place to boost your English and boost your career.

  • In this video, I’m gonna show you how to sound polite,

  • not rude,

  • with your intonation.

  • You ready?

  • There’s a difference between sounding unfriendly

  • and friendly,

  • and it’s all in the intonation.

  • Listen to these examples.

  • I don’t know

  • I don’t know.

  • Have a seat.

  • Have a seat.

  • No, sorry.

  • No, sorry.

  • Romain , do you know one big stereotype that Americans have about the French?

  • Were romantic,

  • have the best food,

  • and are très chic

  • right and that French people are rude.

  • And I’d be willing to bet

  • that intonation is partially responsible for this stereotype.

  • After all, you guys are lovely, French people.

  • Romain’s a nice guy.

  • yes i'm

  • But maybe your intonation is giving your American colleagues a different impression.

  • Let’s practice with a short dialogue.

  • I’ll ask a question.

  • Youll see the response on the screen.

  • And try to say it with polite intonation.

  • Then listen to me (or Romain) say it.

  • What do you think of the report

  • It looks good.

  • Can you hear what happens in polite responses?

  • The intonation goes down,

  • and then it goes up.

  • It looks good

  • I don’t know

  • Have a seat

  • No, sorry.

  • Now that you know the secret,

  • let’s practice again, just like before, with some short dialogues.

  • Do you have any news from Claire?

  • Do you have any news from Claire?

  • I don’t, I’m afraid.

  • Here’s your coffee.

  • Here’s your coffee.

  • Thank you very much.

  • NewSoft Technologies. Can I help you?

  • NewSoft Technologies. Can I help you?

  • Hi, I’d like to speak to Patrick Corbin please.

  • Now, I’d love to hear from you,

  • and in English if you can.

  • Did you know about the importance of intonation to sound polite?

  • We can all learn from your ideas.

  • and the comments section

  • is the best place to practice your English

  • and ask me questions.

  • If you liked this video, help me boost the English level of French people everywhere!

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  • Thank you so much for watching Speak Better, Feel Great TV.

  • I’m Christina and I’ll see you next time.

Hi, Nice to meet you.

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Does your intonation sound rude or polite?

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    EZ Wang posted on 2017/05/15
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