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QW 051312 “Until Next Time”

To be honest, I still haven’t got over the shock. Just 30 minutes before tonight’s lesson would start, the whole server system of the online English school got shut down (again). I’ve been intensively practicing the previous material over and over since yesterday, and was truly looking forward to having the teacher listen to my recording. Come to think of it, however, I started suspecting that I may have practiced just to be acknowledged, praised, and rewarded by the teacher. Well, the whole thing might as well to be considered as a good opportunity for me to remember that I’m the one who’s responsible for my English learning.

Until the next pronunciation session temporarily scheduled this coming Saturday morning, I’ll keep working on the following points:

1) Variation of intonation patterns
2) [y] in “yearly”
3) [i:] as in “increased” and “diseases”
4) Consistence in pronunciation of proper nouns (e.g. Warren Buffet)
5) Final “a” without [r] as in “formula” and “Obama”
6) Clear [ou] in “association”
7) Vowels like [ey] [a] [ǝ (schwa)]

Above all things mentioned, what I really need to work hard is, as the teacher pointed out, to fully focus on pronouncing the word that I’m reading “real-time”. I have a tendency to shift my focus and attention to words and phrases coming right after too early, and be inattentive to the words that I’m reading “right now”. It’s partially because, I guess, I’m eager not to sound choppy and to realize “liaison” (i.e. sounding of a consonant that is normally silent at the end of a word because the next word begins with a vowel), and end up failing to pronounce the word as it’s supposed to sound. And last but not least, I should really keep that in mind:

“Remember that, you know, you’re studying English, studying accents for all these things. Because you wanna communicate. You wanna communicate with people. And that’s one of the most important components for communication; for the speaker to be understood.”

(40 minutes / 332 words)

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