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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Pronunciation: AJ and Steve

by AJ

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OK, here's the next part of my conversation with Steve Kaufman at The Linguist (To Learn English with The Linguist, Click Here).

In this conversation we discuss pronunciation, and how to improve it. We both agree that using phonetic alphabets and charts of the mouth & tongue are not very useful. I talk instead about the method I use with my private students in San Francisco- a method that Steve uses as well.

Of course, pronunciation is very important. You don't need perfect pronunciation- like a native speaker. But you must be good enough to be understood. If you aren't understood, than none of your vocabulary or grammar will matter at all!

So definitely work to improve your pronunciation. You can do it! Gambatte Kudasai!! :)


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