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    tom216 is offline Newbie
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    Is English Intonation is fixed?

    I'm a student in South Korea,
    and I'm preparing for IBT TOFEL speking section,
    but I'm wondering is the standard of intonation is fixed.
    When I listen to several English speaking files,
    each has different points that emphasizes in intonation.

    Is that true? or there is a firm standard?
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    Re: Is English Intonation is fixed?

    I'm not sure I understand your question fully, but intonation can allow for variations of meaning, so there is variation, but people trying to use intonation to express irony/sarcasm would generally follow similar patterns.

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    Re: Is English Intonation is fixed?

    Thanks for advice.. I think you've got the right point.. Can you give me some tips to utilize intonation as Native English speaker does?

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    Re: Is English Intonation is fixed?

    OK, let's take an example- how would you say Yeah if you wanted a) to agree, b) to check comprehension and c) to be incredulous?

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    Re: Is English Intonation is fixed?

    Ahh.. Thanks for taking an example.. I think I understood that.

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    Re: Is English Intonation is fixed?

    I'd do:
    Flat-rise-really rise

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