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  • Intonation can help us express quite a lot.

  • Listen and think about what I might be saying with only a single word.

  • Oh.

  • That's falling intonation.

  • It expresses understanding. It's like saying, "I see okay."

  • Oh?

  • That's rising intonation. It expresses doubt.

  • It's like saying, "Really?"

  • Oh!

  • That's a rise-fall. It expresses surprise.

  • It's like saying, "Wow! I didn't know."

  • Well.

  • That's a fall-rise. It expresses hesitation for some reason.

  • I might be saying, "Let me think." or "One moment."

  • Yes? No? Maybe?

  • That was all rising intonation.

  • I'm expressing a need for an answer. A need for confirmation.

  • It's like saying, "Well, what's your answer? Is it yes? Is it no? Is it maybe?"

  • By now, I've shared the most common intonation patterns in American English.

  • This lesson will review them.

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  • Here's your first review task of 10 items.

  • Listen and identify the intonation pattern that you hear.

  • Then you'll repeat the sentence after me.

  • We use falling intonation for statements. Listen.

  • We use rising intonation for yes-no questions. Listen.

  • We use falling intonation for wh- questions. Those are questions for information. Listen.

  • We use falling intonation in tag questions that merely comment. Listen.

  • We use rising intonation in tag questions that seek confirmation.

  • These are tag questions that require a yes-no answer.

  • Repeat after me.

  • We use rising intonation to turn a statement into a yes-no question.

  • In informal English, grammar structures can be shortened. Words can sometimes be dropped. Listen.

  • Remember we use a combination of rising and falling intonation in lists. Listen.

  • With longer sentences, you'll have more than one intonation group.

  • The word "well" is often said with a fall-rise to show hesitation.

  • Well...

  • You can also hear a fall rise in the middle of a sentence, at a mid sentence pause,

  • especially before the word "but."

  • I like all those flowers,...

  • but my favorite is actually an orchid.

  • Falling Intonation at the end.

  • Listen.

  • We use a rise-fall intonation pattern to show strong emotion like surprise or anger. Listen.

  • We use both stress and intonation to create a contrast.

  • If two thoughts contrast, we have two intonation groups,

  • each with their own intonation pattern, each with their own focus word.

  • Listen again

  • Here's a bonus challenge. Listen closely.

  • Did you hear a change in pitch?

  • Remember that our voice drops when we add information that really could be left out.

  • You try.

  • Let's do one more task.

  • Read this text with me.

  • I'll go first. Then you can pause the video and read the text aloud yourself. Okay?

  • For more intonation practice and to improve fluency in general,

  • I recommend using the practice texts in my Oral Reading Fluency series.

  • I also suggest watching my Fast Speech Challenge to learn how words link

  • and how their pronunciation can change in fast speech.

  • I hope this series of lessons has helped you improve your understanding and use of intonation in English.

  • That's all for now.

  • Thanks for watching and happy studies.

Intonation can help us express quite a lot.

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Master Intonation - Learn American Pronunciation and Reduce Your Accent

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    EZ Wang posted on 2017/05/15
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