Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Season 4 – Episode 82 – Pronunciation: Falling Intonation in Wh- Questions

We’re back with pronunciation! We’re making this pronunciation Friday, followed by another pronunciation next Monday, so make sure you’re tuned in and ready to test those vocal cords! Tune into the podcast!

The intonation usually falls at the end of Wh- questions that request information.

Work with a partner, friend, family member, or anyone. Number 1 will read the statement below and Number 2 will respond with a Wh- questions, using either a falling or rising intonation. Number one will responding with the matching answer.

Question: I’ll call you tomorrow morning.

  • When? (Rise or Fall)

Answer: Around nine.

When, with the falling tone, will indicate what time. When, with the rising tone, is requesting the time frame (tomorrow morning).

Question: I left my umbrella on the bus.

  • Where? (rise or fall)

Question: We’re moving close to campus.

  • Where? (rise or fall)

Question: There was a tornado in Taiwan.

  • Where?

Question: Claudia is from Peru.

  • Where?


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