pronunciation problems

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pronunciation problems

Post by Heads Up English » Mon May 28, 2007 9:03 am

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.

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Post by Buddhaheart » Sat Jul 21, 2007 4:04 pm

&#65279;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 “&#65279;&#952;” & “ð”, “&#65279;I” & “i:” , and ‘r’ , just to name a few.

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Post by Lorikeet » Sun Jul 22, 2007 4:21 am

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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TH Problems

Post by BradC » Sat Aug 18, 2007 7:28 pm

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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