2 American English Intonation Patterns
Intonation refers to the rise and fall of pitch in spoken language.
Since intonation patterns convey meaning and emotion, it’s important to use these patterns correctly.
Rising falling intonation
The most common type of intonation in American English is called rising-falling intonation.
Americans use rising-falling intonation at the end of statements and questions that begin with the WH words; what, where, when, why, who & how.
- How are you today ,Susan?⤵
- What’s going on?⤵
Another type of intonation is called series intonation.
Americans use series intonation when describing a series of choices as seen below:
- Would you like coffee,⤼ tea, ⤼water ⤼or soda⤵ with your meal?
- I went out on Friday,⤼ Saturday,,⤼ and Sunday.⤵
If you’re trying to improve your American English communication skills you must learn to use the correct types of intonation.
Pronunciation alone is not enough, if you want to sound friendly.
Pronunciation alone is not enough if you want to earn people’s trust.
Pronunciation alone is not enough if you want to be an engaging communicator!
Learn to use American intonation patterns
In all of my American accent training programs show you how to use these 2 (and other key) intonation patterns in sentences and dialogs.
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Get some personal coaching
Of course, the most effective way to learn and practice using the correct intonation patterns is to work one on one with an accent reduction coach.
If excellent communication is your goal; connecting with people and winning their trust, coaching is absolutely the best step to take.