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Pronunciation and Listening in English: Part 1

Bob Schoenfeld

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Whadya say?

The pronunciation of / t /

 

English can be a terrible language, especially listening. When you begin to study English, most of your teachers make you pronounce each word very carefully and distinctly. However, most languages don’t pronounce words carefully or distinctly.

 

The best example of this is the sound of the letter / t /.  This letter is pronounced by placing the tip of your tongue on your alveolar ridge (the bump behind your top teeth) and push out air.

 

Try it: table, tip, terrible, take

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How do I Improve my English?

Bob Schoenfeld

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This is the most common question I am asked. Unfortunately, this is a very difficult question to answer. Why? This goal is not measurable.

 

My response to this question is: Let’s get specific.  What do you want to improve? It’s difficult to improve when you don’t know what you want to improve.

 

However, this is a hard question to answer. Most people don’t think about their English in small pieces –  only is huge, massive, ever-unattainable ENGLISH. Well, let me tell you a secret . . . everyone is still learning English – You, me, your boss, your professor, the guy at Starbucks . . . Everyone. We encounter new words, phrases and situations all the time.  We misunderstand. We misspeak. We make...

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