Category Archives for Pronunciation

Are You Making These Pronunciation Mistakes in Italian?

 Gnocchi. Bruschetta. Ghepardo. Cena. Gerundio. Figlio. Psicologo. Bruschetta. These eight words reveal an uncomfortable truth about the Italian language: though Italian is often pronounced exactly as it is written, that isn’t always the case.  There are a few exceptions that, if you’re not careful, can trip you up and make your speech sound unnatural—or worse, unintelligible! Fortunately, the mistakes caused by these rogue sounds and […]

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How to Sound Like a Native Speaker (Krashen’s Filter)

Here’s the truth: anyone can learn a foreign language, even to native-like fluency. As a language coach who has spent many years around all varieties of language learners, I know many people who can speak at highly advanced levels. It’s relatively common, even. What’s uncommon, however, is to find learners who are so good that they sound […]

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The secret to developing an awesome accent

Olly runs I Will Teach You A Language, a website that gives you practical tips and strategies for learning foreign languages. Olly speaks 7 foreign languages and publishes regular articles and videos on language learning from different locations around the world. Connect with him on Twitter,Facebookand Google Plus. “I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it […]

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Choosing an accent

According to current estimates, there are approximately 6,000 languages in existence throughout the world.  Some of them enjoy a unique status, those we define as “dominant languages” because they are used as an instrument of daily communication by a substantial number of people.  Among these languages some are used on many continents.  As a language […]

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My American Accent

Since I started making videos on YouTube, one of the most common questions has been: how did you learn to speak American English that way? Some people suggested that I must have an American mother or that I simply lived in theUSwhen I was a little kid. Flattered by these suggestions, I decided to share […]

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Tips on how to learn – Chinese tones

Did it ever occur to you to see a person on YouTube or face-to-face who speaks Chinese surprisingly well? The first reaction you will probably feel is one of admiration and surprise. Admiration then gives way to doubt: how did they reach such an incredible level in the language? Until a few years ago, Mandarin […]

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