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Hi Oleks,

It sounds like there is trouble ahead...

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Thank you, Kealin!

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Hi Kealin! Thank you! "Won't be able to" sounds better...

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Hi Ed! Thank you! I will need to learn conditional...

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Brazilian reading a text about breeds dogs.

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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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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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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

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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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Excellent reading, Adriano! On the whole, your pronunciation is excellent and you are very easy to understand. Great job! Please find below some ways (I think) you can improve:

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When you said the word "retriever", /rɪˈtriː.vər/ I think you need to place more emphasis on the beginning of the word. Listen to me say it a few times.

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Same with the word "greediest"

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"research" -> /rɪˈsɜːtʃ/ : This is a rather tricky word for non-native speakers of English to pronounce as it is not written as it is pronounced, so listen to me say it a few times again.

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"genes" /dʒiːn/ -

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Cambridge - "/ˈkeɪm.brɪdʒ/"

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obesity - /əʊˈbiː.sə.ti/ - You very nearly pronounced this word perfectly. However, pay attention to the middle of the word. Although it is written with an "e" -> "obEsity" it is pronounced as "biː".

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biology - /baɪˈɒl.ə.dʒi/ - A similar case for this word. Although the beginning of the word is written like this "bi", it is pronounced like this "/baɪ/". English is downright confusing at times ;-)

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"screened" -> /skriːnɪd/

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known -> /nəʊn/

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"published in the journal Cell Metabolism" - two tricky words, close together: ˈpʌb.lɪʃɪd/ + /məˈtæb.əl.ɪ.zəm/

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"strongly linked with weight, obesity and appetite in Labradors and Flat-Coated retrievers" I would advise you to particularly focus on improving at pronouncing the words "linked"[lingkt] and "appetite" [/ˈæp.ə.taɪt/ ]

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owned "/ -əʊnd/ "

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Grammar point: When you respond to a question like this, "Have you ever owned a dog in the past / Have you ever xxx / been to France etc" you either reply (if the answer is yes) by saying, "I have owned a dog in the past / I have been to France". (Or if the answer is no) "I have never owned a dog/ I have never been to France" Here are some weblinks that explain this better than I can, so take a look at them when you get some time ;-)

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Thanks Edmund Hutchings! I'm going to practise these words and help you with your Portuguese pronunciation.

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Hi, Adriano. You have done a great job! Ed has already mentioned many useful tips regarding pronunciation and grammar. I would like to add two points:

Stress and intonation are two important features of English speaking. Stress simply means that if you want to pronounce English words with more than one syllable, you have to pronounce one of the syllables stronger. Intonation is a kind of stress for sentences, meaning some words in a sentence have to be pronounced in a stronger manner. There are some rules and some exceptions to both stress and intonation which you can learn to be able to speak clearly.

The word screened is pronounced as /skriːnɪd/ and not /eskriːnɪd/. The mistake stems from the difference between the syllable pattern of English (which can be CCVC) and some other languages. CCVC indicates that two consonants can appear together at the beginning of a syllable like sc in screened. Some other languages do not allow this and this is why e is added by some students to add an extra syllable to the word and make the pronunciation easy. You should be aware of that. Good luck!

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