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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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English Challenge

The Internet is a global system of interconnected computer networks that use the standard Internet protocol suite, a set of communications protocols, to serve billions of users worldwide. The internet has reshaped and redefined most traditional communications media including telephone, music, film, and television. This has given birth to new services. Newspaper, book and other print publishing are adapting to Web site technology, or are reshaped into blogging and web feeds.

The Internet has enabled or accelerated new forms of human interactions through instant messaging, Internet forums, and social networking. Online shopping has boomed both for major retail outlets and small artisans and traders. Business-to-business and financial services on the Internet affect supply chains across entire industries.

The origins of the Internet reach back to research of the 1960s, commissioned by the United States government in collaboration with private commercial interests to build robust, fault-tolerant, and distributed computer networks. The commercialization of what was by the 1990s an international network resulted in its popularization and incorporation into virtually every aspect of modern human life. As of 2011, more than 2.1 billion people — nearly a third of Earth's population — use the services of the Internet

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Excellent job Sculcrun! This was a very challenging, technical and difficult text to read out. But you did extremely well, reading it (for the most part) with great pronunciation and intonation. I can see you have adopted a more American accent than a British one ;) Please see below some aspects I think you need to improve at.

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Yes, i chose a difficult text to read. Thanks, more late i will read the text again with your tips

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Internet is - when you said "internet" you said it as as if there was a "ch" sound at the end of the word. As if it were written as "internetche" Listen to me saying it a few times. /ˈɪn.tə.net/ /ɪz/

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yes, i wanted to read fast, because of this, i read with "ch" sound.

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"reshaped and redefined" - these are very tricky words for non-native speakers of English to pronounce well. They are not commonly used in everyday conversations. --1st--"reshaped"-> /ˌriːˈʃeɪpd/ ---2---/riː.dɪˈfaɪnd/ ".

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Same situation for this word "accelerated" /əkˈsel.ə.reɪtɪd/ -

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boomed - with this word, you put the wrong kind of stress at the end of the word - separating the "ed" - boom-ed. /buːmd//

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artisan - This word is pronounced rather differently in British English than American English. In British English it would be pronounced like this - /ˈɑː.tɪ.zæn/

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Whereas in American English, it sounds like this - /ˈɑːr.t̬ə.zən/ - (I do my best at imitating the American accent)

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Financial --- /faɪˈnæn.ʃəl/

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entire - /ɪnˈtaɪər/

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origins /ˈɒr.ɪ.dʒɪnz/

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/kəˈmɪʃ.ənd/ commissioned -

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"private commercial interests" - a difficult set of words to say.

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"build " /bɪld/

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"distributed" /dɪˈstrɪb.juːtɪd/ This word you got right on your third attempt. That said, it is a tricky word (again one which you would not use in everyday, social conversations, but might do in a business English environment) so my advice to you would be to practice saying it a few more times.

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by the 1990s - with the word "by" you pronounced it as if it were the word "be".

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yes, i listened my audio record and i spoke "by" like "be".

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popularization -

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And here, for your reference, I will read out the full text for you. .

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Thanks, i will listen your record and i will practice for recording again with your tips.

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The areas you should study at least about are the following:

Stress and Intonation: Stress means that English words with more than one syllable have one syllable pronounced in a stronger (louder or higher pitch) manner. Intonation is that you have to emphasize the more important words in a sentence. There are both rules and exceptions to the two subjects.

Liaison: English words (and words of many other languages) are not pronounced separately but connected. This makes the speech more fluently and flowing instead of choppy and robotic.

There are some resources which explain the subjects thoroughly. "American English Training" is a great book to learn the American Accent. You can find many useful tips and training programs on BBC for British Accent. Also, you can go to Youtube.com for a plethora of free tutorials. 

Other than that, you can post audios here to check your pronunciation and receive useful tips. Good luck!

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