English intonation and rhythm. I'm sure you've been wondering "Why people don't understand me! I say all the right words, I put them in the right order in the right form." This is all because of the English intonation and rhythm. You have to sound like them. Let me show how they do it.
Ready? Here you are. I marked all pauses and the stressed words, showed the intonation going up and down. Let’s look closer.
- What kind of insurance do you have?
Pause is after “insurance”. “What kind of” are linked. They are pronounced together, with lowered tone and a bit quicker than the rest of the sentence. “Insurance” is stressed, intonation goes up. “Have” is stressed, intonation goes down.
- I have Cigna.
“Cigna” is stressed. Intonation goes down.
- Do you have any additional insurance?
Pause is after “have”. “Do you have” are linked. They are pronounced together, with lowered tone and a bit quicker than the rest of the sentence. “Have” and “additional” are stressed. “Insurance” – intonation goes up.
- No, I don’t.
Pause is after “No”, intonation goes up. “Don’t” is stressed. Intonation goes down.
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