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When I was studying for my CELPIP exam I got material from them. Unfortunately, I can not put the PDF to the public because it has a watermark with my personal email. But I can put you here what it says.

CELPIP's twentieth-seventh error as they state:

Intonation is the most important aspect of English pronunciation because it directly conveys meaning. Intonation is the raising (↑) and lowering (↓) of the pitch at the end of an information unit. Information units are exactly what their name suggests: units of information or meaning within an utterance. When speaking, we need to pause briefly after each information unit. Look at the example below; it is one sentence, but there are two units of information.

The house at the end of the street belongs to my brother.

  1. The house is located at the end of the street.
  2. This house is owned by my bother.

English intonation is quite easy to learn because it is so predictable. With a few exceptions, we lower our pitch at the end of every information unit as shown in the example (/ = pause)

The house at the end of the street ↓ / belongs to my bother ↓.

The most common intonation error on the CELPIP Speaking Test is when speakers raise their pitch at the end of an information unit when they should be lowering it. This is very confusing for listeners because rising .intonation in English usually indicates a yes/no question. Even though you are making a statement, it sounds like you are asking a question, and this is confusing.

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As a non-native English speaker, this is a very common question. Both words are written before adjectives or adverbs and both words use is to remark and intensify a meaning. The key is the contexts. While the word "very" doesn't have context, the word "too" is used in negative contexts.

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When I was studying for my CELPIP exam I got material from them. Unfortunately, I can not put the PDF to the public because it has a watermark with my personal email. But I can put you here what it says.

CELPIP's twentieth-sixth error as they state:

Sound substitution errors happen when a speaker replace a sound in a word with different, incorrect sound. For example, if a speaker is trying to say the word "vat" and substitutes the /v/ sound with the /f/ sound, the result will be the word "fat". This error is quite serious because it changes the meaning of the word and therefore the message as well.

By far the most common sound substitution errors are with vowel sounds. English has five vowel letters (a,e, i, o and u), but there are many more vowel sounds. As indicated, sound substitution can lead to miscommunications. For example, if you say "it's note me" when you meant to say "it's not me," your intended message might not be understood.

All sounds are created, in part, by the positioning of the mouth. Below is a chart that uses keywords to show the thirteen basic vowel sounds in North American English. It also shows the different jaw and muscle functions used to create each vowel sound. When your jaw is high, your mouth is almost closed, when low, it is open. The muscles of your mouth can be tense, like when you smile, or lax when neutral or relaxed. Note: The three sounds in blue are called diphthongs, and they change position when spoken. For example, the vowel sound in the word boy starts with the jaw at mid-level and the muscless lax as in but, then the jaw and tension change until the vowel sounds like the one in beat.

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