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Speak to me only with thine eyes and I will hear every word you say. Unique in a mix of sounds and intonation, an accent can be an aural delight to the listener. Often he or she will stare at the speaker quizzically, and in some cases smile and even comment with something such as, "What an interesting accent you have!" What is really going on in that exchange considering the speaker and listener have their own unique accents? Every person has a specific speech pattern
English, it is said, is an unaccented language. This conveniently ignores words imported from French, which depend on the mood of the writer and a printer deep in the bowels of a newspaper. But accents indicate the emphasis and I recommend that all students of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) use their own private accent marks.
Even before your children get to school you can give them a great start in learning to read by helping them develop their skills in phonics - or the ability to discriminate and use speech sounds. English speech is made up of 44 sounds combined in different ways...
Major research studies have shown the benefits of systematic, explicit phonics instruction in early grades (Adams, 1990; Beck & Juel, 1995; Chall, 1996; Chall & Popp, 1996) Consider using the following phonological and phonemic awareness activities either in a one-on-one framework or in whole class instruction.
A useful way for EFL teachers in Japan to help rid their students of that "katakana" pronunciation.
The voiced and unvoiced consonants. In this section we will try to clarify the difference between the voiced consonants and the unvoiced consonants. If you want to master English pronunciation you have to able to distinguish between these two types of consonants.