In the past two posts I wrote about the importance of syllable stress and lengthening vowel sounds. You may want to go back and read those posts if you haven’t done that already. ☛
Today I’ll talk about the importance of using the correct sentence intonation when asking questions.
Here are 2 rules that you need to know:
1. Information questions that begin with “wh” words have falling intonation. Your pitch should rise UP and fall DOWN on the focus word (usually the last word in a sentence).
Where are you GOing? ⤵
2. Questions that can be answered with Yes or No usually have rising intonation. Your pitch should rise up and stay high on the focus word.
Are you REAdy? ⤴
Many of the people I’ve worked with in my accent reduction coaching course never learned about these 2 types of question intonation. Once they learned this pattern and started to use it, they had fewer breakdowns in communication.☝
To learn more about how to use American English intonation, click on one of the links below. There are many posts about intonation on my blog.
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