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Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 18:28

Spanish Challenge - Heatwave in India

Spanish speakers: any feedback, tips & advice you can provide me with would be greatly appreciated :-)

La ciudad de Phalodi, en el noroccidental estado indio de Rajastán, ha pasado a los libros de los récords al registrar este jueves 51,0 grados de temperatura, la más alta de la que se tiene constancia en la historia de la India, confirmaron hoy fuentes oficiales.

"Es la temperatura más alta de la que hay registro", indicó a Efe una portavoz del Departamento de Meteorología de la India, Sunitha Devi, sobre la nueva marca registrada en el país.

La fuerte ola de calor que afecta a la India, habitual a estas alturas del año, está castigando con fuerza a la parte noroccidental y central del país, donde el Gobierno ha establecido la alerta y ha pedido a la población que tome precauciones

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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.

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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."

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The pronunciation contained some individual word pronunciation errors. Around 3-4 errors
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socram :
I learn : Chinese (Beginner) English (Beginner)
14

Very good.
Almost everything is understandable
I am spanish. Now.. I write some words and sounds that you could improve (just in this audio, maybe you had spoken them ritght in other moment). Then, I will record the very same audio, in Spanish.

1. Noroccidenta - you say "norroncidental". One r is for soft sound, two RR for strong sound. If you beging in R..obin Hood, R also sounds strong, even if you say "He visto a Robin Hood", in spanish, Robin, sounds strong. You don't have RR phoneme so...it is difficult. But... you do say it in "norroncidental", by mistake.

2. 51 grados it is said "cincuenta y UN", english people tend to say.."cincuenta y UNO grados".

3. de - la - que - se ... (tiene constancia). It is pronnounced all together "delaquesetiene...". It is difficult, I know. But again, i understood the sentence.

4. HABITUAL (english peple use to put an "r" between U and A, we listen: "habituRal"

5. Nothing more!

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Your Manchester city (I have a friend there, living for two years or so, and my girl and I visited him, we had nice weather luckyly...):

Just the sentence about temperature: "pero en verano es raro que la temperatura PASE DE LOS 23 GRADOS o LLEGUE A los 23 grados". It's enough with one of those choices.

Now I am recording you the weather paragraphs in spanish.

PD. do the sentence "english people -tend to say..." exist? XDDDD
PD. I don't know what "accuracy" is, in this context. I know it means "exactitud", but I don't know if it refers to a general view of the speach or what. If this is so, then you have more or les a 4/5, I think. You could read faster, but that's not the point.

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socram :
I learn : Chinese (Beginner) English (Beginner)
14

Sorry, the paragraphs I had arranged carefully have mixed in a very messy way, due to the web algorithm I guess...we will have to ask to the webmaster to try to mend it.

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socram :
I learn : Chinese (Beginner) English (Beginner)
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And sorry...Now that I listen to my self, I realize my laptop micro isn't good at all.

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I learn : Chinese (Beginner) French (Beginner) German (Beginner) Portuguese (Beginner) Spanish (Beginner) Arabic (Beginner)
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Hello Socram, that is excellent feedback. Thanks very much indeed. And I can hear you recording perfectly well :-)
1. Yes, I find the RR phoneme very difficult in Spanish and must continue to practice it. All I can do is listen you you saying "noroccidental " as much as I can and then practice again.
2. That is very interesting indeed. I had no idea that it should be "cincuenta y Un" instead of "cincuenta y uno". Why is this?
3. "delaquesetiene" -> Thanks to your reading, I now know how it should be pronounced.
4. "HABITUAL" -> Yes, I cannot understand why I put an extra "r" in the word. I should have been paying more attention to detail.
5. "pero en verano es raro que la temperatura PASE DE LOS 23 GRADOS o LLEGUE A los 23 grados" Yes, this is where I know I need to improve. The subjunctive tense is not easy in Spanish (unlike in English) and I just have to make sure I continue to read about it in grammar books etc.

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I learn : Chinese (Beginner) French (Beginner) German (Beginner) Portuguese (Beginner) Spanish (Beginner) Arabic (Beginner)
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PS: That was very lucky you had nice weather when you came to Manchester. Whereabouts did you stay when you came here? Did you like the city? (I like it but miss London, as there is a lot more to do there) Funnily enough it is quite nice weather today but I am sure the rain will return very soon :-( hehehe

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I learn : Chinese (Beginner) French (Beginner) German (Beginner) Portuguese (Beginner) Spanish (Beginner) Arabic (Beginner)
1925

"english people -tend to say..." Yes, this sentence most certainly exists ;)

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I learn : Chinese (Beginner) French (Beginner) German (Beginner) Portuguese (Beginner) Spanish (Beginner) Arabic (Beginner)
1925

With regards to accuracy - This is to do with the questions at the end of the passage (So when I talked about the weather in Manchester) and how accurate the language I used to express my opinions was. I know I have to read faster in Spanish to sound more authentic - great piece of advice again. About the paragraphs: this is something I am looking into and I will make sure this gets improved when I next look into improving the site.

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I learn : Chinese (Beginner) French (Beginner) German (Beginner) Portuguese (Beginner) Spanish (Beginner) Arabic (Beginner)
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Overall, thanks once again for your excellent feedback. It is extremely detailed and comprehensive. I will be listening to your audio on a regular basis so I can work on improving how I speak Spanish!

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