Word Smart: Improve your Fluency with Intonation


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Learn how to improve your intonation and have better conversations in English. Intonation has an important role in communicating the meaning behind your words and changing your tone can help you express how you feel in conversations in English. Improving your intonation in conversations will help you sound more like a native English speaker. You’ll learn the ways we use rising intonation, falling intonation, and holding intonation in conversation.

Falling intonation is the most common intonation pattern in American English. We use falling intonation in normal, neutral statements and information questions.Here you’ll learn what we mean by falling intonation, what the rise-fall tone signals to native English speakers, and practice the falling intonation pattern with examples. We use falling intonation on the stressed syllable of the last content word in a statement. Your pitch will rise to this stressed syllable and then fall. This steep drop down to the end signals that you’re done speaking and the other person can respond. Falling intonation is most common in factual statements, when you’re giving information, making observations, giving commands, instructions, or orders. This fall in pitch sounds authoritative. We also use falling tone when asking information questions or making observations with tag questions.



  • Pattern: A regularity in the world or in a manmade design.
  • Stress: The way that a word or syllable is pronounced with greater force.
  • Tag Question: Interrogative ending to a sentence.
  • Steep: Having an almost vertical slope or pitch, or a relatively high gradient.


Watch more videos and practice your intonation everyday.



  • Which was the hardest part of practicing intonation?

Welcome to this activity created by Learning Advisor Mr. Cesar Medina Solano from Polanco Branch. Take note of all the pink words, read the text, watch the video and answer the question in the comment section below.

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