The melody of the French language encompasses 4 levels.
The statement starts on level 2: it is the most comfortable tone.
The last syllable of the statement falls on level 1: this means that the interlocutor can speak.
When asking a question with an interrogative word (“ pourquoi
”, “est-ce que
”), two intonations are possible:
4. Est-ce que __________________3. _____________________________2. __________ tu aimes la sa______1. _________________________ lade ?
- all the interrogative word falls on level 4,
4. ___________________________lade ?3. _____________aimes_____________2. Est-ce que tu________ la sa_______1. ________________________________4: tone of the question.
- the last syllable of the sentence falls on level 4.
3: tone of the sentence that is not finished.
2: tone at the start of a statement.
1: tone at the end of a sentence.
Going up until reaching this high-pitched tone is very important: it means that it is a question, not a statement.