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Imagine you´re asking a cab driver if He´ll take you to a shopping center five kilometers away and He replies-in the most chilling, low, flat voice you have ever heard- “Sure. Get in. Would you get in?
Now imagine there´s another car behind him. You ask the same question, only this time the driver replies with a cheery, almost musical. sound in his voice: Would you get in this time?
If you choose the second cab, it is probably because the driver´s intonation has made you feel more welcome. “Oh, He seems much nicer”, you think to yourself.
But what is intonation?. It is merely sounding friendly or is there more to it?
WHAT IS INTONATION?
Intonation is a feature of pronunciation and common to all languages. Other features of pronunciation include stress, rhythm, connected speech and accent. As with these other features, intonation is about how we say something rather than what we say.
As its simplest, intonation could be described as “the music of the speech”. A change or variation in this music (pitch) can affect the meaning of what we say.
We can therefore think of intonation as referring to the way We use the pitch of our voice to express particular meanings and attitudes.
Pick a scene from your favorite film, and tried to carry it out giving the correct intonation to the script.
- Why do you consider that intonation is important when it comes to speaking English?
Welcome to this activity created by Team Leader in Charge. Mr. Juan Guadalupe Vaca Pérez from Satelite Branch. Take note of all the pink words, read the text, watch the video and answer the question in the comment section below.