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Learn to Speak English the Fun Way: Intonation.

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7 Lessons (13m)
    • 1. Intonation Intro

    • 2. Intonation Explained

    • 3. Intonation Examples

    • 4. Intonation Further Examples

    • 5. Intonation Strategies for Improvement

    • 6. Intonation Resources

    • 7. Intonation Project

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Learn to Speak English the Fun Way presents a super bite sized mini video class with Peter`s sidekick Crazy Mike. Peter explains what 'Intonation' is and how important it is when speaking the English Language and Crazy Mike, Peter`s twin brother, takes you through some examples by using one simple sentence. We then look at further examples of 'Intonation'.

The class, consisting of 7 short video lessons (including the introduction) is less than 15 minutes long in its entirety so this class can be digested in one chunk if you so wish.

Our project is for you to write an English sentence and then to give examples of how the meaning of that sentence can be changed depending on the intonation (verbal stress) used on any of the words in the sentence. You may show the stressed words within the sentence by writing it out several times and underlining the words you would stress to change its meaning.

Background music within the lesson is courtesy of bensound.com.

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Peter Crooks

Learn English/Travel/Write/Earn


Hello, I`m Peter, an online teacher of English conversation, film maker, digital nomad and a proud Global Village advocate.

A native English speaker from the UK but now living in Bangkok, Thailand, I travelled around South East Asia for a couple of years during which time I was a voluntary teacher of English to both Adults and Children. I also have experience as a lecturer in Radio Skills in the UK and am a keen film maker, producing travel and cultural videos for my travel website and Learning to Speak English videos..

I am the holder of a 120 hour TEFL Certificate.

As a former radio broadcaster in the UK I have many years professional experience using English conversation in a relaxed and friendly manner. I also have acting experience on stage and in TV and film a... See full profile

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1. Intonation Intro: It's Peter here again from last proud English class on today. I want to talk about something which isn't always covered very often in English. One with lessons. It's called Internation Internation. Okay, so with the help of my twin brother, crazy Mike, he'll be here soon. We are going to explain simply what intonation is. 2. Intonation Explained: just to give you an idea. Just got a court on the Internet here, which I'm going to read. Intonation exists in every language, so we're not introducing to a new concept here. You probably use intonation in your own native language. However, learns are often busy language learners like you are from busy trying to learn the words. The intonation is sometimes overlooked. Yet intonation can be just as important as the choice off words you use. We don't always realize how important intonation is on. That's because it can change the meaning off the sentence you're saying, depending on the intonation you use, it depends on the stress on the stress off some of the words or a word in that sentence on as a say, I've got my twin brother, crazy Mikey, and now who's going to explain intonation? 3. Intonation Examples: Hello there. I'm Mike Peters, Twin umbrella. How you today? Now, if my mustache is a fall off, I'm going to explain to you intonation what it is. And I'm going to use a very simple sentence. And that sentence is I didn't say that you stole the money. I didn't say that. You stole the morning. Simple sentence. Now let's demonstrate intonation. Example Number one. I didn't say you stole the money. Maybe somebody else think. But I didn't. I didn't say you stole the money. I didn't say you stole one. Maybe I wrote it, but I certainly didn't say. I didn't say you stole. Meaning? I didn't say you stole the money. Maybe somebody else stole it. I didn't say you stole the money. Maybe something out your store. But I didn't say that you stole the money. So there you see with a simple explanation. That simple sentence. I didn't say you stole the money. How? The meaning off the sentence can be changed. That is intonation calculator. You like the new glasses, By the way, 4. Intonation Further Examples: There are two basic patterns of intonation in English. Falling intonation and rising intonation. In the following examples. A downward arrow indicates of four in intonation on an upward arrow indicates a rise in intonation statements. Nice to meet you. I'll be back in a minute. She doesn't live here anymore. That wants to change his car. Here is the weather forecast. I'm going for a walk in the park commands. Write your name here. Show me what you've written. Leave it on the desk. Throw that out. Put your books on the table. Take your hands out of your pockets. Questions beginning with who? What? Why, where when, which and how What country do you come from? Where do you work? When does the shop open? How many books of your balls? Which coat is yours? Whose bag is this? Question tags that are statements requesting confirmation rather than questions. He thinks he's so clever, doesn't he? She's such a nuisance, isn't she? I fail the test because I didn't revise, did I? It doesn't seem to bother him much, does it? Exclamations. How nice of you! That's just what I need. You don't say what a beautiful voice That's a surprise. Rising intonation. The pitch of the voice rises at the end of a sentence, questions that can be answered by yes or no. Do you like your new teacher? Have you finished already? May I borrow your dictionary? Do you have any magazines? Do you sell stems? Question tags that show uncertainty on require an answer. We've met already, haven't we? You like fish, don't you? You're a new students, aren't you? The view is beautiful, isn't it? We sometimes use a combination of rising and falling intonation in the same sentence. The combination is called Rise, fall or fall rise intonation. That's first of all. Look at rise, fall intonation. The intonation rises and then falls. We use rise for intonation for choices lists unfinished thoughts on conditional sentences and choices. Alternative questions. Are you having soup or salad? Is John leaving on Thursday or Friday? Does he speak German or French? Is your name Ava or Eva? Lists contain rising, rising, rising and then falling Intonation. Intonation falls on the last item to show that the list is finished. We've got apples, pears, bananas and oranges. The sweater comes in blue, white, pink and black I like football, tennis, basketball and volleyball. I bought a T shirt, a skirt and a handbag in conditional sentences. The tone rises in the first clause on falls gradually in the second clause. If he calls, ask him to leave a message unless he insists, I'm not going to go. If you have any problems, just contact us. Now let's look a full arise intonation, the voice fours and rises, usually within one word. The main function of the four rise intonation is to show that the speaker is not certain of the answer. They are giving to a question or is reluctant to reply, as opposed to a falling tone used when there is no hesitation and is also used in polite requests or suggestions. In this example, one person is asking the questions on the other person is answering. So you'd be willing to confirm that? Well, I suppose so. You didn't see him on Monday. I don't quite remember 5. Intonation Strategies for Improvement: way to improve your international simply to become more aware of it. By listening carefully to a recorded conversation, perhaps on YouTube, you'll begin noticing how other speakers use intonation to express themselves. Another great idea is to record your own voice. These days, even the simplest mobile phones are equipped with the voice recorder. It's always fascinating to listen to your own voice because it sounds so different to what you expect. Why not give it to try? And did you hear the intonation in my voice? Let, why not give it to dry? Try recording a dialogue with a friend. He could use a script from a course book or scene from a film. Now listen to your intonation. Does he sound natural? Does it express your attitude in the way you hoped? With a recording, you could always rewind. Listen again and try a new version. Voice recordings are an excellent way to keep track of your progress. They clearly show how you have improved over time. Most English course books provide some intonation practice, but you're more likely to find authentic on interesting examples of spoken English on the Internet. As I've said before, you chew is a great resource. A good idea is still up. For short interview clips with your favorite actors, listen to how they respond to humorous questions. Serious topics on uncomfortable issues Notice how the intonation in the voice changes with the change in topic. If you want to be more confidence about your intonation in English on especially if you want to use it with precision and subtlety, then it is certainly worth spending time. Noticing how others use it. Imitate, use and listening to a recording of your own voice. Thank you for watching. 6. Intonation Resources: 7. Intonation Project: now for our project would like to do is think off a sentence where you can use intonation to change the meaning off the sentence. Here's an example. What would you like to do tonight? What would you like to do tonight? Right. We can change that in a few ways. Let me know how. Which words would you emphasize which words would you use? Intonation underlined them and think of your own sentence as well. And give me a few more examples of how you can use intonation to change Meaning off what you were saying. That's it for now. My name's Peter for me on my crazy brother mind it's bye for now calculator.