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IELTS Preparation Series 3, Episode 12: Intonation


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Hello, and welcome to Study English, IELTS Preparation. I'm Margot Politis.

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Intonation is a feature of pronunciation, one of the assessment criteria in the IELTS

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Speaking Test. You will need to use appropriate intonation in the test. You also need to understand

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the intonation used by the interviewer.

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Intonation is important in spoken English because it conveys meaning in many ways. Changing

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the pitch in your voice - making it higher or lower - allows you

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to show surprise: "Oh, really!" or boredom: "Oh, really".

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Let's listen to some intonation patterns used for specific functions.

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First there's the high or rising tone, used for asking a yes/no question:

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Do you find English difficult?

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Are you listening?

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Is this clear?

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The rising tone is also used for showing expectation as you can hear when this furniture maker

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talks about seeing the inside of some rare timber:

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And I go down and it is really a fascinating day when I actually see a log being put on

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the head rig and that first cut and I can't wait to have a look at that grain that's actually

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opened up after a tree has been growing for 300 or 400 years.

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And it's used for showing interest and excitement.

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That's awesome. Absolutely awesome.

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A low or falling tone is used for making a statement as does this art gallery director:

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The Art Gallery of South Australia commenced the joint program in art history with the

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University of Adelaide in 2001.

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Questions with who, what, when, why and how also use this low or falling tone:

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Who are you looking for?

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What is that you're reading?

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Where is the art gallery?

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Why are you learning English?

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How are you? Listen to the rising and falling tones used

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by the woman in the next clip to explain the properties of granular materials:

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Take vacuum packed coffee for example. This is very much solid like behaviour because

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it's stiff, stiff as a brick and at the same time it's strong enough to hold your weight.