I read a book called somewhat like: "Your ego is your enemy" once. I don't remember what was written in it but I remember well my thoughts I had while reading. I had remembered the cases when I was rising on the waves of success by occasion and by the help of other people.
Not by chance - there were some positive features in me and I worked a lot, but after all hardships, when everything went smoothly, I fancied that's almost all thanks to me.
I was starting to think that I was smarter than I really was and I could jump onto another wave, higher: become own boss, start own business, find anything better and so on.
As a result, it turned out, that I wasn't so wonderfully clever, and I found myself somewhere below in need to start all over again.
It's not about you can't try something new, but you must clearly assess your abilities and opportunities.
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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