Exercises To Improve Intonation And Stress
You ask a student, “What did you do last weekend?” And the reply is, “I went to the park?” No, your student
is not hesitating about what he/she did. They are making an intonation mistake. Just like when they ask
a question that sounds like a statement: “Did you correct our exams.” How about students who say hOtel
instead of hotEl?
Sentence Stress In English
Sentence stress is the music of spoken English. Like word stress, sentence stress can help you to understand
spoken English, especially when spoken fast.
This Is A Song That You All Should Know
Last week, I was in a jazz club in Venice when I heard something that made me sit up and scribble in my napkin. (It seems that when one becomes an English teacher, it is impossible to shed that hat, even for a night.) The speaker was an Italian pianist. He had excellent English overall, and introduced all of the group’s songs intelligibly and with a sense of humor. However, at one point, I noticed something interesting.
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