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So whatever language you need to speak in, there are certain characteristics of that language. For example, loudness of voice.

Other characteristics include the intonation pattern, how fast you speak and where the stress in a sentence falls. But if you get the words right, why does it matter if you get the intonation or stress wrong?

ACTIVITY
Listen to Richard Cook explain the two different ways that stress is added to speech. What are they and why does it matter if you get it wrong?

Richard Cook
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TEST
Listen to these three sentences. They are all the same, but the stress is different in each sentence. What meaning is given by the stress in each sentence?

Sentence stress
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IN LANGUAGE

PART 1: INTRODUCTION
PART 2: MISUNDERSTANDINGS
PART 3: ACCENTS
PART 4: TONE, VOLUME AND STRESS
PART 5: RICHARD'S TIP & USEFUL LINKS
PART 6: USEFUL VOCABULARY AND PHRASES
Link to the general unit
Link to the unit on language
Link to the unit on body language
Link to the unit on time
Link to the unit on status
Link to the unit on relationships
Link to Federico's page
Link to Adam's page
Link to Maralde's page
Link to Chris's page
Link to Andre's page
Link to Richard, the cross-cultural expert's page
Link to the sitemap
FEDERICO
FEDERICO
ADAM
ADAM
MARALDE
MARALDE
CHRIS
CHRIS
ANDRE
ANDRE
RICHARD COOK,
EXPERT
RICHARD COOK,
EXPERT