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Martin Luther King Day (audio practice)

Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of January. It celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., a Baptist minister in social activists who played a key role in the American Civil Rights Movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination 1968.

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Ros Watson's picture
I learn : Italian (Beginner) French (Beginner)
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Natali!  This is really good.  Your pronunciation is exceptionally good and your intonation is much improved from your last recording.  I couldn't find anything to change!  Well done - whatever you're doing, it's working!

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Natali Lima's picture
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Thank you. Having your feedback it's very important for me and motivates me to keep going. My goal was to read and record this before the third monday of January and here I am. I'm glad I've got a response so quickly. Cheers.

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Karin Brauner's picture
I learn : French (Beginner)
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Hi Natali. 

Well done on this recording! If I was to be picky, I'd say practice your pronunciation of "January" but otherwise it was really good!  (I'm the 2nd person on the feedback boxes, just hadn't logged in when I ticked the boxes!)

Keep them coming!

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Natali Lima's picture
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Thank you Karin. I appreciate your comment, it helps a lot.

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Ros Watson's picture
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Glad I could help Natali!  Any time.

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Natali Lima's picture
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I will, thanks for your comment. But if have any tips or comments just feel free to do so, I'll understand and appreciate it.

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*if you

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Aliakbar Majidi's picture
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Hi Natali. Great reading! As Ros has mentioned, your pronunciation has greatly improved since your last recording. I might seem a bit picky here, but I would recommend you have the following points in mind to further improve your English.

- Junior -> The vowel o is not pronounced as ɔː but rather as a schwa. /ˈdʒuːniə/

https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/junior

- Activists -> You can emphasize the final s a bit. /ˈæktɪvɪsts/

- Assassination -> Be careful with the stress. /əˌsæsənˈeɪ ʃən/

https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/assassination

 

As a rule of thumb, words which end in “tion” have their stress on the last syllable before “tion”.

 

Keep up the good work. Good luck!

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Natali Lima's picture
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Thanks for taking the time to help me.

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