This week’s post is dedicated to sounds and shows us a different way to approach the “need to work on the areas of difference between your first language and English”.
My friend Judy Thompson is an expert on pronunciation. She created the English Phonetic Alphabet (EPA) for General American English (GA) and is the author of the first ever sound dictionary, How do you Say? She recently published a trilogy titled Backpackers Guide to Teaching English dedicated to Pronunciation, Conversation and Fluency. (You find them all on Amazon.)
Judy gave me permission to show you pages 40 to 44 of her Book One: Pronunciation to describe how she uses Venn diagrams to separate the different sounds between English and any other language. These sounds form the basis of what you really need to work on with your students.
To do so, you need to create your own Venn diagram and work from there. BTW, the example given for English and Spanish isn’t comprehensive. It’s just a guideline.
Hope you leave your comments below.
Enjoy pronunciation, everyone!
See you in two weeks! I'll be on vacation next week.
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