Category Archives for Pronunciation

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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Native accent in language learning – 3/3 – An example

A native-like accents requires the speaker to: Pronounce individual words correctly  Observe the rhythm of the language and alter single word pronunciation to fit sentence stress (dynamics of language). An example of phonetic analysis in Italian How do we carry out phonetic analysis?  – Repeated and intense listening  – Reading   – Using special markers […]

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Native accent in language learning – 2/3 – The method

THE METHOD  Single words It is important to proceed step by step. The first step is theoretical. Many language courses provide an overview of phonetics and they usually discuss the following: • Pronunciation of vowels: those that are identical, similar and alien to the language of instruction.  These vowels sounds may be single vowels or […]

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Native accent in language learning – 1/3

Pronunciation and accent form an interest area for study and debate amongst language enthusiasts. Speaking like a native in a foreign language is what many want and few achieve, but: Is it an effort worth making? Is it achievable for everyone? Should we simply be happy with an clear pronunciation and sufficient vocabulary and grammar […]

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