Improve your Spanish. Pronunciation guide. Part 3

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As we said in our first entryIn this section on INTONATION we are going to study four types of sentences. Each one has one or more different intonations, depending on the context and the type of information to be conveyed.

TODAY we are going to study the intonation of the INTERROGATIVE SENTENCES.


b) Interrogative sentences:

1.Absolute (your answer is yes or no): the tone rises at the end (rising end).

Listen to the examples of the AUDIO 7:

Do you eat spicy food in Sichuan? (↑)

Can I borrow your phone number? (↑)

Could you close the window? (↑)

Check this one out VIDEOwill help you and you will be able to practice this intonation.

 2. Relatives (with interrogative pronoun): the pitch drops at the end (descending end).

Listen to the examples of the AUDIO 8:

How old are you? (↓)

What time are you coming? (↓)

Where is Plaza Colón? (↓)

Check this one out VIDEOwill help you and you will be able to practice this intonation.

*Sometimes the tone rises at the end (ascending intonation). We will explain these cases later.

 3.Disjunctive (with two options): in the first phonic group the pitch is maintained (maintained intonation) and, in the second, it goes down (descending intonation).

Listen to the examples of the AUDIO 9:

Shall we go to the park (→) or to karaoke? (↓)

Shall we merge at 5 (→) or at 6 o'clock? (↓)

Is it written together (→) or separate? (↓)

Check this one out VIDEOwill help you and you will be able to practice this intonation.

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