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How can I verify my pronunciation without a native speaker?

Using a voice recorder to record your interaction with a native speaker provides feedback for yourself throughout the week when you do not have him/her with you. If you are proficient in the IPA, make ...
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Can I have C1-level proficiency in a foreign language even if my pronunciation is poor?

Pronunciation is indeed evaluated in the CEFRL tests. The specific criteria are available, and are reproduced for C1 below: Is intelligible Intonation is appropriate Sentence and word ...
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How can I verify my pronunciation without a native speaker?

For individual words, you could try forvo.com - record yourself saying the word, and compare that with the pronunciation on the site. Phrases and intonation for whole sentences is much more difficult....
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How can I avoid learning an incorrect pronunciation due to a word's spelling?

A straightforward way is to learn the words in a way where you not only see the word but also hear the word. When learning new words with Anki, AwesomeTTS can automatically generate an audio-file with ...
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How can I learn IPA?

Getting fluent in the full range of IPA is overkill for the most practical purposes (essentially, you only need it for phonetic transcription or documentation of unwritten languages/dialects). ...
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How can I teach someone to pronounce phonemes non-existent in their native language?

There are a number of things you can try: Trial and Error The simplest technique for teaching an unfamiliar sound, but still often quite effective. Produce the sound yourself, or play a recording of ...
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How can I help a person improve their L2 pronunciation?

It's important first to determine what difficulties she has with pronunciation. It could be: Difficulty producing English phonemes that don't exist in the L1. Difficulty remembering how certain ...
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How can I learn IPA?

As with most subjects, taking a class or receiving private tutoring is probably best. A course in phonetics will teach you not only the International Phonetic Alphabet itself but enough information to ...
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What techniques can I use to master nasal vowel pronunciation?

Nasal vowels are produced by forcing air through both your mouth and nose simultaneously. We have such vowel sounds occasionally in some English dialects, but they aren't considered significant (that ...
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What advantages, if any, are there for learning the IPA when studying a language with phonetic spelling?

Learning IPA is useful if you want to learn the pronunciation of words from a dictionary. However, IPA is less useful in the following cases (non-exhaustive list): You are using dictionaries that ...
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Pros and cons of using IPA over other phonetic alphabets

The only phonetic alphabet I know of that is comparable to IPA in universality and language coverage is X-SAMPA. The advantage of X-SAMPA compared to IPA, is that it contains only ASCII characters and ...
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Can the McGurk effect also help develop pronunciation?

Speech is produced by the passage of air through the phonatory organs. You can refer to these Wikipedia articles about phonatory process (production of speech) and the phonatory organs. Here is an ...
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What advantages, if any, are there for learning the IPA when studying a language with phonetic spelling?

While the IPA is an invaluable tool for English even if you're a native speaker, in languages spelled phonetically it's mostly useful for the initial stages and there's no reason to keep using IPA ...
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Is there a web site for minimal pairs in arbitrary languages?

After several hours of searching for a website for minimal pairs, I have become convinced that this does not exist yet, or at least not in a language that I can read fluently. The list of minimal pair ...
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How can I avoid learning an incorrect pronunciation due to a word's spelling?

I am a native English speaker who read many books as a child. As a result of this I have often said a word I learned from a book only to be told that it is pronounced completely differently than I ...
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How can I avoid learning an incorrect pronunciation due to a word's spelling?

I think the right way to learn the right word pronunciations is to get the proper pronunciation dictionary (or any dictionary where each word is associated with its dictionary). By dictionary, I mean ...
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How can I help a person improve their L2 pronunciation?

One thing that helps a lot towards improving one's pronunciation is knowing how a sound is produced, what phonatory organs are involved and how to place those. With a willing adult you can try a ...
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Can reading aloud be an alternative to practicing speaking skills with other people?

Definitely not. While reading aloud definitely does help you practice pronunciation, it is not an alternative to having a real conversation. Here's why: You're simply reading words off a page, ...
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How to start hearing the difference between similar sounds

In order to learn to hear the difference between similar sounds, you need to learn to distinguish so-called minimal pairs. A minimal pair is a pair of words that differ in only one sound, for example "...
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How can I teach someone how to roll their r's?

Note that this answer partially relies on personal experience, as my L1 is Italian. Explaining the tongue position When rolling the R, the tongue must be behind your incisors. Sound generation ...
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How can I verify my pronunciation without a native speaker?

There are various things you can do: Record your voice and listen to it so you become aware of how you sound. There are various software programs and apps that you can use for this, for example ...
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What is the name of this particular language learning class (technique)?

Direct method: pronunciation is taught through intuition and imitation; students imitate a model - the teacher or a recording - and do their best to approximate the model through imitation and ...
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How could we know that the pronunciation of an ancient language like Aramaic is correct?

In the first chapter of his book Philology ((c) 2014 Princeton University Press), James Turner describes the notation systems created by Zenodotus of Ephesus, the first "librarian" (ca. 270 BCE) of ...
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How important are tones in tonal languages?

I'm Thai and living in Bangkok, so I'll answer specifically for Thai language. How important are correct tones to understanding a whole sentence (words in context) in tonal language? If I use ...
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Can I have C1-level proficiency in a foreign language even if my pronunciation is poor?

Yes, as long as it is not "unintelligble." There are four competencies, reading, writing, listening, speaking, each weighted 25%. To pass C1, or any other level, you need a total of 60%, with at ...
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Pros and cons of using IPA over other phonetic alphabets

IPA is the best choice for pronunciation transcription. IPA has a long history of development (since 1886) and represents best scientific practice. This means the system is concise, unambiguous and ...
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What advantages, if any, are there for learning the IPA when studying a language with phonetic spelling?

Few languages are 100% phonetic. Even Spanish has oddities in a few foreign words which retain their foreign spelling, words from indigenous American languages, etc. Also letters have subtle ...
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How to avoid an English accent in Hebrew

I'm no expert in Hebrew, but I did find this extremely helpful YouTube playlist of 6 videos that directly addresses difficult pronunciation sounds in Hebrew for native English speakers. The videos are ...
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