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Intonation: Polite vs. Rude Pronunciation (By: Ovient English)

The following sentences can be polite or rude, depending on your intonation. Listen to the examples and compare your pronunciation with the recording.


Practice page author: Ovient English www.ovient.com

Can you please hold? (polite)

Can you please hold? (rude)

Wait a moment. (polite)

Wait a moment. (rude)

I need to speak to Ben, please. (polite)

I need to speak to Ben, please. (rude)

What do you want? (polite)

What do you want? (rude)

I'll do what I can. (polite)

I'll do what I can. (rude)

That's impossible. (polite)

That's impossible. (rude)

What did you say? (polite)

What did you say? (rude)




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