Module 3: Japanese Intonation

Module Overview

Words and sentences in any language aren’t just produced by stringing together individual sounds. Rather, words and phrases have intonation that can convey additional meanings and make speech more natural-sounding. Intonation refers to the melodic or rhythmic aspect of speech, created by manipulating pitch and length of sounds, words, and phrases. Different languages vary their intonation in different ways. In this module, you will learn about the different types of intonation in Japanese.

Module Objectives

This module is designed to help students whose native language is not Japanese to understand what Japanese-like intonation sounds like, to apply some rules to new words, and to increase self-confidence and speech monitoring abilities while speaking Japanese.

Students will be trained to

  • enhance awareness of high and low tones in Japanese words
  • categorize pitch patterns of Japanese nouns
  • produce phrases and sentences with appropriate intonation according to the contexts