Session 4

We meet Inspector Stone for the final time as he reveals the identity of the ring thief while explaining and practising a very important feature of English pronunciation.

Wayiitiwwan marii boqonnaa kana keessaa

Wayitii marii qabxii 4

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Activity 2

Inspector Stone's case notes

Intonation and question tags

Just a little more work to do to tidy up the Case of the Missing Ring. Inspector Stone wants to keep a record of how the question tags were pronounced when he was speaking to the suspects.

When we use question tags at the end of a sentence, our voice goes up when we are asking a genuine question. Our voice goes down when we are stating a fact.

Listen to the recording. You need to decide if the intonation on each sentence goes UP or DOWN. Then try the activity to see if you are right.

Complete the activity

To do

Listen to the clip and try the activity. Think about whether the speaker was stating a fact or asking a real question. This should help you get the answer right.

Up or down?

6 Questions

Sort these questions from the story into ones that were said with the voice going up (question tags) and ones where the voice went down (stating a fact)

Baga gammadde! Qormaata xumurteetta
Excellent! Great job! Carraa badaa! Qabxii argatte:
x / y

Up or down?

6 Questions

Sort these questions from the story into ones that were said with the voice going up (question tags) and ones where the voice went down (stating a fact)

Baga gammadde! Qormaata xumurteetta
Excellent! Great job! Carraa badaa! Qabxii argatte:
x / y

Your turn!

Try asking questions and stating facts by making your voice go up at the end for questions and down at the end for stating facts. To hear some examples, watch the video again. Practise with a friend! Now try being a detective and make up your own subject and object questions. You could base them on a story you have read or know. Sherlock Holmes maybe?! Play 'whodunnit' – that's a game in which you work out who committed a crime. Think up a simple crime story and get your friends to ask questions to work out 'whodunnit'.

Next

Inspector Stone's case is solved. You can download his case notes for episode 4 here (262KB). Next, we can hear about a real life murder mystery involving a man who faked his own death. Sounds interesting! Find out more in News Report next.

 

Caasluga kutaa kanaa

  • Pronunciation: Question tags

    When we use question tags at the end of a sentence, our voice goes up when we are asking a genuine question. Our voice goes down when we are stating a fact.

     

Session Vocabulary

  • skill
    being able to do something well

    gambler
    someone who tries to win money by predicting results of races or other competitions

    intonation
    the way your voice goes up and down when you speak, which can affect the meaning of what you are saying