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Monday, May 20, 2019 - 01:57
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Hi Ariel

Lovely to hear from you.  Why not write...

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 01:46
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Hi again, Aitor. Great job! As Ed and Ros have mentioned...

Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 22:32
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Hello, Aitor. Hope you are doing well. Unfortunately, I...

Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 21:44
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Hi! Thanks or Anairis!

I agree that travelling is...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 04:07

difficult words to pronounce

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Accent: 
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Pronunciation: 
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Accent

The learner's ability to pronounce words shared by the people of a particular country or region of the language they are learning.

Good effort at accent. Quite close to that of a native speaker
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Excellent effort at accent. Extremely close to that of a native speaker.
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Limited effort at accent. Definitely a non-native speaker
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Fluency

The learner's ability to speak continuously by chunking and linking words together. For example, instead of saying very slowly, "I - am - poor. I - have - no - money" like a robot, a fluent speaker would say, "I'm poor because I don't have any money."

Speech is relatively smooth; some hesitation and unevenness caused by rephrasing and searching for words
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Smooth and fluid speech; few to no hesitations; no attempts to search for words; volume is excellent
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Speech is frequently hesitant with some sentences left uncompleted
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Intonation

The learner's ability to understand the relative emphasis that may be given to certain syllables in a word, or to certain words in a phrase or sentence

Able to identify and produce correct intonation, word stress and rhythm patterns with 50-90% accuracy.
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Able to identify and produce correct intonation, word stress and rhythm patterns with 90-100% accuracy.
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Able to identify and produce correct intonation, word stress and rhythm patterns with < 50% accuracy
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Pronunciation

The learners' ability to enunciate the various consonants, consonant blends, vowels, and vowel blends in words, words linked together, and words in sentences.

The pronunciation contained some individual word pronunciation errors. Around 3-4 errors
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The pronunciation is exceptional and mirrors a native speaker. Shows a clear understanding of word stress and intonation. Only 0-2 errors
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The pronunciation is inconsistent and made it difficult to understand. 5 or more errors
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I learn : Chinese (Beginner) French (Beginner) German (Beginner) Portuguese (Beginner) Spanish (Beginner) Arabic (Beginner)
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hahahaha - you sound like a madman viking59. I cannot imagine a hedgehog wearing jewellery haha. Funnily enough you pronounced the word "jewellery" very well but with more of an American Accent than a British one :) Overall, it was an excellent presentation that had me in fits of laughter :-)

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when you said the phrase "walking with a squirrel", remember to focus on the "th" sound at the end of the word "with".

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"endangered species". First, the word "endangered" you have to stress a "/ɪn/" sound at the beginning of the word. Secondly, the word species you did not quite get the stess right - /ˈspiː.ʃiːz/

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With the word "unfortunately " the stresses syllable is the "for".

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"Error" /ˈer.ər/

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The word "remuneration" is particularly tricky for non-native English speakers to say. Try breaking it down first, then saying it. /rɪˌ......mjuː.........nəˈ.......reɪ.ʃ.......ən/

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Again, the word "particularly" is a word you need to try breaking down first, then saying it. ............./pə......ˈtɪk........jə.......lə.....li/

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"Anaesthetise" is a word even I am not comfortable pronouncing!! /ə.....ˈniːs.....θə.....taɪz/ Luckily for me I do not work in the health sector, so never have to use this word haha!

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I learn : French (Beginner) Persian (Expert) Spanish (Beginner)
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Hi, Viking59. Fabulous audio again. Like always, Ed has mentioned many items you can work on to improve your pronunciation skills. I would like to add one thing. When we are learning a new language, there might be some sounds in the target language which we do not normally use in our native language. That is why we subconsciously try to find a similar sound so that we can comprehend and produce the target language somehow. This is the case with your pronunciation of “they”. The th sound in “they” is not z but you might hear and pronounce it as z because you might not have the sound in your native language. Such sounds usually take time and effort to master, so please pay attention to them. Good luck!

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