Finally, we lined up and boarded the plane one by one. The airplane was An-2. It is a rather small and reliable single-engine biplain. By the way, this aircraft was included in the Guinness Book of Records as an aircraft that has been in production for more than 70 years, longer than any other aircraft in the world. It is called "Colt" by NATO classification, and we call it "Corn crop duster." The plane we boarded was its modification called An-2T, the 12-seated passenger aircraft.
First, the skydivers boarded, then we did. In the plane, seats were located along the sides, in two rows facing one another. I was in the middle of the line, so it happened that my seat was located directly opposite the hatch. The hatch was opened during the whole flight, so I had a great opportunity to survey everything outside.
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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
Excellent effort at accent. Extremely close to that of a native speaker.
Limited effort at accent. Definitely a non-native speaker
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
Smooth and fluid speech; few to no hesitations; no attempts to search for words; volume is excellent
Speech is frequently hesitant with some sentences left uncompleted
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.
Able to identify and produce correct intonation, word stress and rhythm patterns with 90-100% accuracy.
Able to identify and produce correct intonation, word stress and rhythm patterns with < 50% accuracy
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
The pronunciation is exceptional and mirrors a native speaker. Shows a clear understanding of word stress and intonation. Only 0-2 errors
The pronunciation is inconsistent and made it difficult to understand. 5 or more errors