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Spanish Pronunciation – Lesson 50 – Spanish Intonation: Choice Questions

In this lesson we are going to practice the intonation of “Choice questions” in Spanish. Choice questions are questions which elicit an answer from a choice between two or more options. In such cases the pitch rises with each choice and then falls with the final option.
Let´s practice first with some questions that offer two choices. Observe and copy how the pitch rises with the first option and falls with the second. 
If you would like to see the meaning of any sentences you are unsure of please see the lesson notes.

Listen and repeat:

¿Te gusta más el café o el té?: Do you prefer coffee or tea?
¿Vas a casa o al trabajo?: Are you going home or to work?
¿Quieres cocinar o fregar?: Do you want to cook or wash up?
¿Estudias o trabajas?: Do you study or work?
¿Comes más carne o pescado?: Do you eat more meat or fish?
¿Usted prefiere la playa o la montaña?: Do you prefer the beach or the countryside?
¿Prefieres los helados de chocolate o los de fresa?: Do you prefer chocolate or strawberry ice cream?
¿Estudiarías Medicina o Derecho?: Would you study Medicine or Law?
¿Vendrás hoy o mañana?: Will you come today or tomorrow?
¿Me compro éste o ése?: Shall I buy this or that?
Next let´s practice with questions that offer three choices. Observe and copy how the pitch rises at first and then falls in the last choice.
Listen and repeat:
¿Irías a las ocho, a las nueve o a las diez?: Would you go at 8, at 9 or at 10?
¿Eres español, portugués o italiano?: Are you Spanish, Portuguese or Italian?
¿Estás en casa, en una tienda o en la calle?: Are you at home, in a shop or in the street?
¿Prefieres estudiar ingles, francés o español?: Do you prefer to study English, French or Spanish?
¿Vamos al cine, a un bar o a dar un paseo?: Shall we go to the cinema, to a pub or for a walk?
¿Vives en Madrid, en Sevilla o en Barcelona?: Do you live in Madrid, in Seville or in Barcelona?
¿Comes más dulce, salado o los dos por igual?: Do you eat more savoury or sweet things, or both the same?
¿Qué haces más: ver la tele, jugar con la consola o navegar por Internet?: What do you do more: watch TV, play computer games or surf the Internet?
¿Comemos en mi casa, en tu casa o vamos a un restaurante?: Shall we eat in my house, in your house or go to a restaurant?
¿Este libro es tuyo, de Pedro o de Ana?: Is this book yours, Pedro´s or Ana´s?


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