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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...

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Hi! Thanks or Anairis!

I agree that travelling is...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 04:07

pronunciation practice

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Accent: 
3.5
Pronunciation: 
4
Intonation: 
3.5
Accuracy: 
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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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edhutchins88's picture
I learn : Chinese (Beginner) French (Beginner) German (Beginner) Portuguese (Beginner) Spanish (Beginner) Arabic (Beginner)
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Excellent pronunciation, Fred! You speak English very clearly and with a great accent! Here are just a few things you can do to get even better

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I learn : Chinese (Beginner) French (Beginner) German (Beginner) Portuguese (Beginner) Spanish (Beginner) Arabic (Beginner)
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prolonged - /prəˈlɒŋd / - This is the correct pronunciation.

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I learn : Chinese (Beginner) French (Beginner) German (Beginner) Portuguese (Beginner) Spanish (Beginner) Arabic (Beginner)
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colleagues - /ˈkɒliːɡ/

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remuneration - /rɪˌmjuːnərˈeɪʃən/

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I learn : Chinese (Beginner) French (Beginner) German (Beginner) Portuguese (Beginner) Spanish (Beginner) Arabic (Beginner)
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Remember that when you say "crisps" that you emphasise the "sps" sound. - /krɪsp/

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I learn : Chinese (Beginner) French (Beginner) German (Beginner) Portuguese (Beginner) Spanish (Beginner) Arabic (Beginner)
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"Particularly" is a very tricky word to pronounce in English, so the best advice I can give you is to keep practicing - /pəˈtɪk.jə.lə.li/

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I learn : Chinese (Beginner) French (Beginner) German (Beginner) Portuguese (Beginner) Spanish (Beginner) Arabic (Beginner)
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Again, "miscellaneous" is a difficult word to pronounce in English - /ˌmɪs.əlˈeɪ.ni.əs/

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I learn : French (Advanced) Russian (Intermediate) Portuguese (Beginner)
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Sounding good and some ambitious vocabulary used! Just a few bits to check pronunciation on: 'crisps' and 'colleagues' :)

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Aliakbar Majidi's picture
I learn : French (Beginner) Persian (Expert) Spanish (Beginner)
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Hi, Fred. Good job! You have great speaking skills and it seems you have a good understanding of the English language. I will be looking forward to hearing more from you. Regarding your post, Ed has mentioned several useful tips, here are two more:

- Use “the beach” instead of “beach”. Some words such as "school", "church", and "college" in American English and "school", "church", "university" and "hospital" in British English are special cases which can be used without an article in some contexts, “beach” is not on the list.

- Pay attention to how syllables are stressed in English. English words with more than one syllable have a “stresses” syllable. Some of them have rules, others have no particular rules, so you have to look them up in a dictionary. For instance, unfortunately, is pronounced as /ʌnˈfɔːtʃ(ə)nətli/ not /ʌnfɔːˈtʃ(ə)nətli/.

Good luck!

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