French For Beginners
par Olivier Malet

 

Chapter Three

 

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28

 

 

 

What is intonation?

Intonation refers to the notes on which the syllables are pronounced.

For example, listen to Are you going home? (5 syllables) This question is said to have a rising intonation because the sequence of notes on which the syllables are pronounced goes up:

> Listen to I want to stay here (5 syllables). This sentence is said to have a falling intonation because the sequence of notes on which the syllables are pronounced goes down:

> Listen to these four French sentences. State whether the intonation is rising or falling;

Rising intonation: ^
Falling intonation:
v

FRENCH ENGLISH
Bonjour ! v Hello!
Ça va? ^ How are you?
Pardon? ^ Pardon me? I beg your pardon?
Bonsoir! v Good evening!

 

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