This video gives an comparison between a native English speaker and a foreign speaker. Is one easier to understand than the other? Watch the video then comment on why one was easier to understand than the other, if that was the case for you.
Intonation is defined as patterns of the pitch contours in spoken language.
It invovles the stress patterns of individual words, but also whole sentences. Also important is tempo of speaking.
Here is some related vocabulary: English had a Stress timed rythm. Spanish has a Syllable timed rythm. What kind of rythm does Portuguese have?
Alessandro mentioned that Portuguese has a different rythm than English and gave examples. "Boys kiss girls, the boys kiss girls, the boys kiss the girls, the boys have kissed the girls, the boys will have kissed the girls."