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Below is a list of the topics that are covered in this site. Just click on the link and go to that page. Each page will have examples of correct pronunciation of the topic chosen. 

 

 

 

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Intonation

Intonation Patterns

There are three basic pitches in English- these are normal, high, and low. There is also a very high pitch, which is used to express strong emotions such as surprise, anger, or fear. (The very high pitch will not be covered in this text).

  • The normal pitch is where the voice usually is.

  • High is where the voice rises to indicate information focus.

  • Low is where the voice falls, usually at the end of sentences.

In most conversations the voice is normal at the beginning of the sentences, rises at the information focus word (or syllable), then falls back to normal, and drops to low at the end of the sentence. Look at the intonation patterns below.

There are different intonation patterns used for different types of sentences. The intonation pattern for statement, commands, and WH questions is basically the same- the voice starts at a normal pitch, rises at the intonation focus word, falls back to normal after the intonation focus word, and falls to low at the end of the sentence. With yes/no questions and requests, the pitch starts at normal and rises at the end of the sentence.

 
  Statements

  

  

  I like riding horses.

 
       
   
 

  My English isn't that good yet.

 
       
 Commands 

     

 

  Get off the horse now

 
       
   
  

  Give me the key.

 
       
Wh questions

   

 

 

  

  When do you go riding?

 
       
   

 

  

  Who do you like in the fifth?

 
       
  Yes/no questions

  

 

 

  

Do you ever fall off?

 
       
 

 

  

  Have you eaten yet?

 
       
 Requests 

   

 

 

  

Could I have some money?

 
       
 

       

 

 

  

Can I go with you sometime?

 

 

          Other Intonation Pages

               Page 1     Information Focus

               Page 3     New information and Special meaning

               Page 4     Choice and Tag Questions

               Page 5     Talking to/about people and Lists

 

 

 

 

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