IELTS PRONUNCIATION: RISING & FALLING TONES
23 Dec 2014 admin
Intonation is an important feature of pronunciation, one of the assessment criteria in the IELTS speaking test. Using appropriate intonation and fully understanding the intonation used by the interviewer matter a great deal. Intonation is very essential in speaking English because it conveys meaning in many ways. Making the pitch of your voice higher or lower, allows you to clearly express excitement or boredom. Here are some intonation patterns used for specific functions:
The Rising Tone
This tone is best described by a rising pitch and staying high at the end of a sentence. It is used to …
- Ask Yes/No Question
- Do you find test difficult?
- Is the question clear?
- Express Expectation
- This is just exactly what I had in mind.
- There’s the answer that we have been hoping for.
- Show Interest and Excitement
- What you did in there was awesome!
- This is something we have never imagined!
The Falling Tone
This tone is neutral and is best described by a sharply falling tone at the end of a sentence to give the impression of directness in asking a question and confidence in making a statement. It is used to …
- Ask Who, What, When, Why and How Questions
- Who do you look up to?
- When are you taking the test?
- Making a Statement
- This test is easy to ace if you are fully prepared.
- Relax, and speak up when you’re ready.
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