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by costas
Mon Apr 19, 2004 4:11 pm
Forum: Pronunciation
Topic: Imitation is a good way to speak English
Replies: 8
Views: 6283

Imitating is the best method to learn pronunciation. And I think it is the only one.
by costas
Tue Apr 13, 2004 1:59 pm
Forum: Pronunciation
Topic: Pronounce Like a Native Speaker?
Replies: 2
Views: 2579

In my opinion, it is not a must to sound like a native-speaker to chat fluently, and it seems to me awful that there migt be learners who are obliged to. However, I don't agree that I would betray my culture if I spoke English with a native-like accent. English is not my language and I am not identi...
by costas
Fri Jan 16, 2004 1:11 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Sociolinguistic classification of languages
Replies: 10
Views: 4462

. If not for USA as a world superpower, I don't think English would be nearly as powerful and as widespread as it is now. What are the other world superpowers whose languages are worth learning besides English? According to your criterium, I don't know any other language which meets it. You then ne...
by costas
Mon Dec 15, 2003 3:46 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Translator's pains
Replies: 22
Views: 4329

I have indeed taken up Engrish because perhaps it might be the new international language :lol:

See you
by costas
Sun Dec 14, 2003 9:15 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Translator's pains
Replies: 22
Views: 4329

Hi Vytenis
Vytenis wrote:You got it! I guess I have become a victim of "Lithuanian English" syndrome again :(
I think it happens almost everywhere :?

You can also check this problem out in this website:

www.engrish.com

See you
by costas
Tue Dec 02, 2003 9:57 am
Forum: Pronunciation
Topic: Good Pronunciation
Replies: 24
Views: 10376

Re: pronunciation

Hi I actually can understand a foreigner speaking English better than an Englishman, especially if he comes from a part of England where they have a heavy accent. Like Wales for example. Thanks for listening. It is often true, but it is not only because of the accent. Non-native speakers speak usual...
by costas
Mon Dec 01, 2003 10:23 am
Forum: Pronunciation
Topic: Good Pronunciation
Replies: 24
Views: 10376

Re: correct pronunciation

Estelle Angelinas wrote: Is there such a thing as correct pronunciaton? That is a question many of my students ask me. I tend to believe that there are as many pronunciations or accents as there are speakers of the language
Are pronunciation and accent the same thing? :?

Cheers
by costas
Sat Nov 08, 2003 10:18 am
Forum: Pronunciation
Topic: Pronunciation
Replies: 5
Views: 4011

Some English people have terrible[ly difficult] accents that students are never goint to understand - not every native speaker in Britain speaks standard English. Unfortunately, for English learners. Iain English was not created so as to be easy for us learner. Dialects are a natural part of every ...
by costas
Mon Nov 03, 2003 11:08 am
Forum: Pronunciation
Topic: Pronunciation
Replies: 5
Views: 4011

Generally, my students' accents have been not too bad, but I was stopped in my tracks when one female student started talking about her teat . Some spanish speakers, Mexicans in particular, don't seem to think that 'th' is worth pronouncing properly. What my student wanted to discuss was teeth . I ...
by costas
Thu Oct 23, 2003 9:06 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Grammatically correct?
Replies: 8
Views: 3214

Hi mr109,

I think that the correct sentence is:

Tom didn't like John to have much Italian food at Mrs. Kim's

Cheers
by costas
Thu Oct 16, 2003 4:06 pm
Forum: Pronunciation
Topic: Listening Techniques
Replies: 8
Views: 7319

Re: Listening Techniques

angelamm wrote:I teach adults in Philadelphia, so it is American Standard English mostly. I'm open for any suggestions.

Thanks again
Angela
Since you teach American English, I recommend you this website.

http://www.englishbaby.com/community/index.htm

Cheers
by costas
Wed Sep 17, 2003 4:43 pm
Forum: Pronunciation
Topic: Good Pronunciation
Replies: 24
Views: 10376

Hi all, Thanks for your answers. I asked you this question because of I was practicing my pronunciation through both a CD and a book, and it turns out that in the preface it is said "do you want to sound as much like a native speaker as possible... , and have a good pronunciation..,etc". Then after ...
by costas
Tue Sep 16, 2003 2:32 pm
Forum: Pronunciation
Topic: Good Pronunciation
Replies: 24
Views: 10376

Good Pronunciation

Hi all,

I would like to know what "having a good pronunciation" means.

Cheers
by costas
Mon Sep 15, 2003 10:00 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Accent or Dialect?
Replies: 36
Views: 8997

Are you referring "Occitant" (also known as Provencal, or langue d'oc historically) spoken today in the southeastern part of France bordering Italy? wjserson Hi wjserson Although it is late, I'll try to answer your question, I suppose that Stephen was effectively referring to Occitan or Provençal l...
by costas
Thu Aug 07, 2003 10:15 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Accents and Regionalities in the classroom
Replies: 22
Views: 5406

Hi Unlike the various 'accent trainers,' I don't think one accent is inherently preferable to another, provided you are understood. What a bland world it would be if we all spoke RP. I remember a friend of mine from Birmingham who had to change his brummie accent to a RP accent in order to obtain a ...