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Words that I first learn, I don't realize for some time that I'm not pronouncing them 100% correctly. But it's because there are some sounds that are just not in the english language, so you need to be exposed to them and develop your ear for them before you can say and hear them correctly.
Once you get that sound though, it's transferable to a different word as well.
I usually make a list of words I know I have trouble with then repeat them to my tutor and he helps correct me.
I really sympathise, but I would not do this.StroppyChops wrote:First lesson last night, starting out with an hour a day, five days a week, at least four months. The tutor has us learning the alphabet, starting with consonants.
Vocabulary and key phrases: market, transport, greetings, my family etc are what you need.
The other stuff should come later for adults.
I did a class at an NGO and the teacher didn't want to do the class, he got very technical, I suspect out of psite. Almost everyone dropped out.
Then we changed to a female tutor who only taught us vocab/phrases. Big improvement.
Now I can just about 'read' a story in a newspaper but as the vocabulary being used is unfamiliar it doesn't make much sense and I'm making the wrong sounds.
Guess what I'm trying to get at is that if you know the word before/whilst you're reading.. You're anticipating it because it fits the style and story..you adjust your pronunciation to fit the reading.
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Work on vocab/pronunciation for now.
Where? Maybe I should apply...I'm leaving my present job at the end of the month.StroppyChops wrote:The issue seems to be that he's learning English formally at a high intermediate level and his teacher is obviously using obsolete industrial era teaching methods, so he's emulating that. I'll keep you posted...
I had a guy last year for a couple of weeks who used the vocab with transliteration/Romanisation approach. I was doing ok but he got a better offer from someone else and dropped my lessons.
I learn by rote and have to write stuff down to really remember it. I don't know IPA and there are as many transliteration schemes as there are language books. Which makes using multiple books confusing. Confusion leads to annoyance and annoyed is not a good state of mind for learning. I'd like to try learning the script, know the characters and how to pronounce them, be able to write and read the words as I learn them. So a kiddies alphabet trainer and a tutor seem like a good starting point.
I realise as kids when we learnt our alphabet and to read and write we could already speak the language so understand Vladimir saying this is not the best approach. But I'd like to try it anyway.
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