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History

"Historical epochs do not coincide strictly with centuries." - this is a tough one :(

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

You do like a challenge :D Great effort. 

Two things to work on: 

1. flow of the reading is too "choppy" and not natural sounding. But I imagine you were focusing on getting the pronunciation right so keep practicing, you will get to a more natural flow of your reading!

2. Pronunciation errors in these two words: epochs , strictly

I will record the text again so you can hear the correct pronunciation.

Hope this helps!

Karin

"Historical epochs do not coincide strictly with centuries." - this is a tough one :(

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Natali Lima's picture
I learn : English (Beginner)
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It is pretty challenging, yes.
That is just the first sentence on a History book I'm reading and I'm already struggling. Let me see if I got this right. 'Epochs'and 'strictly'.

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Ros Watson's picture
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Hi Natalie. Well done for choosing such a difficult text. Your pronunciation was generally quite good. Just be careful with the word "epoch". Put the stress on the first syllable and pronounce the "e" with the same sound as in the word "bee". I thought your reading was quite fluent and I'd love to hear a bit more! Warm regards. Ros

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Natali Lima's picture
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ˈepəks?

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edhutchins88's picture
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That pronounciation was perfect Natali. That's such a tricky, uncommon word, so well done for setting yourself such a challenging task!

Keep up the good work!

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Natali Lima's picture
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Thanks Ed. Well, it's time for me to take english learning seriously, you know.

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,bb

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Ros Watson's picture
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Yes - well done on pronouncing epochs!  Post some more soon Natali!  You're doing really well. 

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Thank you! :)

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Aliakbar Majidi's picture
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Well done, Natali. I agree, there are some difficult words in the text. First off, I would encourage you not to be disappointed by any kind of text. You can learn to read any English text as long as you keep practicing. Karin, Ed, and Ros have pointed out the items you can practice to improve your pronunciation. I would like to expand on the “choppy” flow mentioned by Karin. If you articulate English words separately when using them in a sentence, your speech will not sound natural. This is true in almost any language.

In English, we connect the words together when speaking. You can learn more about it by searching for connected speech in English. There are some rules to it, however, to learn it fully, you have to practice a lot.

For the words in this text, I will provide you some links below which you can follow and practice your pronunciation.

Epoch -> British  /ˈiːpɒk/ - American /ˈepək/

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

Strictly -> /ˈstrɪktli/

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

 

Keep up the good work! Keep posting and improving!

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