Episode 2: Small Talk


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Which way is the typical way to say this question, 1 or 2?

What do you want?

The second one.


That’s because it uses the correct intonation. Intonation is the rise and fall of our voice, which we call pitch.

When we say Yes/No questions, our intonation falls and then rises at the end: ↘↗.

When we say Wh- questions, our intonation rises and then falls at the end ↗↘.


PracticeListen to the following questions. Wait 5 seconds until your microphone is fully on, and repeat the numbers using the above intonation pattern in the exercise below.