Rising Intonation – English Pronunciation with JenniferESL

Rising Intonation – English Pronunciation with JenniferESL

We have a basket of small musical instruments, and I almost forgot that we have this. A slide whistle. Listen. [plays] Do you hear how smoothly the sound changes? From a high pitch to a low pitch. A low pitch to a high pitch? It’s very different from the sounds we get from a keyboard. Listen and compare. [plays scale] On a keyboard it’s more like stepping with our fingers, right? But with a slide whistle, the changes in pitch are more similar to gliding because it’s very smooth. In our first lesson, we talked about stepping and gliding. We focused on falling intonation. And that’s an important intonation pattern to learn because without it you won’t sound certain… you may not sound confident.. and people won’t know when you’re finished speaking… So it’s worth learning. However, there are times when we need to make our voice rise in pitch. And that’s what we’re going to focus on now. Rising intonation. [title] Rising intonation is used with many questions, especially yes-no questions. Those are questions that can be answered with a simple yes or no. Are you coming? Can you help? As with falling intonation, rising intonation makes use of stepping and gliding. Step up when you have more than one syllable to work with. COMing? Are you COMing? Each unstressed syllable after a stressed one is a chance to step up even higher in pitch. Are you coming? Are you coming now? Are you coming anytime soon? Notice how those adverbs of time are not stressed. They’re content words, but the verb is the more important word. So I place emphasis on “coming.” Are you COMing now? Are you COMing anytime soon? We glide up when we have only one syllable to work with. That’s one stressed syllable and no following unstressed syllables. Can you help? Both with stepping and gliding there’s a bit of a drop before we rise. Listen again. Rising intonation can express doubt, uncertainty, and incompletion. It’s not a bad thing necessarily. In fact, rising intonation can be a helpful signal that we need an answer. Are you coming? I need confirmation. Yes or no? Sometimes we use rising intonation to turn a basic statement into a question because we need confirmation. So grammatically the sentence looks like a statement. But our voice signals our listener that we’re asking a question. You said he’s coming? He really did that? She came? A stronger rise can express more doubt or more uncertainty. Listen. Similarly, we can repeat a wh- question with rising intonation. We might do this because we didn’t hear the answer the first time. Or maybe we didn’t believe the answer. Let me give you two examples. When is he coming? I ask my wh- question the first time with falling intonation. When is he coming? I repeat it. When is he coming? I’m going up. I’m also changing my focus word. Instead of the final content word, I really want the basic information: when? So I change my focus word. It’s not at the beginning. So I have more syllables to work with, and I can keep climbing to a higher pitch. When is he coming? OR: When did you say he’s coming? if I use just the single word, one syllable, I glide: When? Here’s our second example. Who said that? Falling intonation the first time I ask the question. But if I repeat it: Who said that? Rising intonation. I also changed the focus word the second time. I’m emphasizing WHO and all other words take me higher in pitch. Who said that? If I only use the question word, I have one syllable, so I glide: Who? Try repeating after me. First, we’ll step up from a stressed syllable. Listen for the drop before we rise. Now we’ll glide up on a single stressed syllable Listen for that little drop before we rise. Remember to practice on your own. Compare your speech to mine. Here are the 10 model sentences again. I’ll say each one once. That’s all for now. Thanks for watching and happy studies!

75 Replies to “Rising Intonation – English Pronunciation with JenniferESL”

  1. I'm enjoying this series so much! You go to great lengths to explain the proper intonation patterns. Excellent job, Jennifer!

  2. Thank you to raise our awareness about the sound of language. It's true that each language is like a music when we speak…I am a French speaker, learning English and Chinese. So I can apply this lesson to other language too.

  3. Another masterpiece came from you, Jennifer. Allow me to take advantage from your generosity and learn some thing different this time. I' would like to ask you about the program that you use to write the words that appear on screen and give them the motion, colour change. I really need this program to work in along with Adobe Premiere. thank you for all.

  4. Mrs: Jennifer thank u ,am listening u lessons especially propositions .
    but this lesson it has important for musicians thank dear

  5. Wow! I feel like I know nothing about intonation. I tried to pronounce the sentence before you, but I was wrong for most of the sentences. I'll try to do my best to improve my intonation 🙂
    Thank you Jennifer!

  6. thanks a bunch Jennifer you make it very simple I always think that intonation is difficult to be understood thanks to you it's very clear now

  7. Hi Jennifer, I'm Brasilian and I'm learning english. If you have time and if you to want…I will teaching Portuguese for you

  8. Hello, Ms Jennifer
    I asking if you can make a facebook group to help learners to connection with togeather and help to learn more.
    because the majority of learners continue to learn English without talk to anyone by English .
    and thank you.

  9. I was thinking and…
    well, you play many instruments…
    Rachel's English can sing pretty well, since she was an opera singer.
    I think both of you should make a special video where you play and she sings!
    That would be awesome!
    She could teach the pronunciation of the lyrics, and you could teach its meaning and grammar points.

  10. Hello , jennifer how are you doing? I would like to asking about ,when I used want and need and for what everyone . that'll be all. Thank you jennifer with my regards .

  11. Hello Jen! Do you have videos teaching how to pronounce the regular past tense??
    Or videos teaching how to pronounce the W, Y, and Z??
    Thank U Jen!! 😀

  12. Dear Ms. Jennnifer

    You are a big help to a lot of peoples, I do not know how to thank you for you efforts. You changed my life totally. I wish you the best luck.


  13. Love your videos Jennifer.They are very clear and informative. I always recommend them to my students! Keep up the good work! Cheers 😉

  14. very impressed your lessons! i'm not a native speaker but through these videos i actually love english. thank you so much teacher!

  15. play forгл.жарг. кинуть (I wanna play for Harry – Я хочу кинуть Гарри)
    Can you play for me? = Can you deceive me?

  16. hi Jennifer! I would like to say that your lessons are AWESOME! may I ask you a question? here in this lesson you use rising intonation in WH- questions and I studied that those use a falling intonation. Who's right? thank you =)

  17. Hi Jeniffer, i m Malaysian, Hello!!!you are really amazing with different teaching approached method compared to others medium learning of english. Your great voice are superb clear and awesome.l really loved n enjoying your lesson.
    Thank you so much.

  18. What songs do you know, especially, children? You know, the tune that sounds the same. Also, from 0:43 – 0:46, Can you type a comma after “with”?

  19. i hate english language , is a hard language to speak , one year without any speaking improuvement…so sad

  20. You look like my english teacher when I was in 4th year high school but younger version. You have the same teaching. But she's more terror! 😂 I want to learn more about english thank youuuh for teaching! Will watch more of your videos! Love lots ma'am!

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