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Heads Up English



Joined: 21 Nov 2006
Posts: 28
Location: Tokyo, Japan

PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2007 9:03 am    Post subject: pronunciation problems Reply with quote

Hi Everyone,

I decided to put together a few lessons on pronunciation and intonation for my site, and need your comments/advice. I've only taught Japanese learners of English, and so am very familiar with their problem areas in speaking. But what is it like with other learners? Specifically:

1. Are there specific sounds difficult to pronounce because of the learner's L1?

2. Are there sound pairs that cause problems? For example, Japanese people have a lot of trouble with "b" and "v," or "l" and "r."

Any answers are very much appreciated!

Thank you.

Chris Cotter
www.headsupenglish.com
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Buddhaheart



Joined: 05 Jan 2007
Posts: 28
Location: Vancouver, BC Canada

PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2007 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There’re many sound pairs that cause problem for the Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Vietnamese, Hindi/Tamil, Arabic and Iranian/Farsi students in our area.

For example, consonant pair "b" & "v" seems to cause problem for Spanish & Hindi students & "l" and "r" for Korean students. Chinese students have problem with “f/v” & “l/n”. All students have problem with “θ” & “๐”, “I” & “i:” , and ‘r’ , just to name a few.
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Lorikeet



Joined: 18 May 2003
Posts: 1372
Location: San Francisco, California

PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2007 4:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a lot of native language interference with most of my (adult) students. I bet you could find a native language that caused trouble with any similar sounds (voiced/voiceless pairs, close articulation, etc.)

In addition to what's already been mentioned,

Russians have trouble with e like in pet and a like in pat, and with w and v

Koreans and Filipinos have trouble with f and p

Cantonese speakers have trouble with s and sh

Spanish and Chinese speakers have trouble with s and z

Spanish speakers have trouble with sh and ch

(Not to mention the American English flap or tap sound in the middle of butter)
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BradC



Joined: 28 Mar 2007
Posts: 23

PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2007 7:28 pm    Post subject: TH Problems Reply with quote

Germans have trouble with "th" because it's a phoneme that doesn't exist in their language. They usually substitute "d" or "z" for the "th" sound.
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