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QW 070312 “RareJob screws up my pronunciation?”

I’ve got a very interesting question from my English learning friend. To be honest, I haven’t given serious thoughts to the question posed, so it’ll be a good opportunity to predicate my opinion without the limitation of 140 characters on Twitter.

As far as my English learning is concerned, those RareJob tutors who speak more or less accented English wouldn’t screw up or spoil my pronunciation. I’d never be hesitant about admitting that the way your language teacher speaks can affect how you’d speak the language, but it’s not the case with me in terms of taking RareJob lessons with skilled and trained tutors from the Philippines.

It may be partly because I consider Rarejob tutors as the ones who provide me with good listening exercises. They don’t necessarily speak text-bookish English in terms of pronunciation, and connections and sound quality on Skype are far from constant. Often times, I’m required to infer what tutors are trying to say to compensate the part that I lost. It could be like that during the lessons I’d be busy catching what they say and trying to come up with how I’d respond, and thus cannot afford to copy or emulate their pronunciation even if I want to.

Also, I could base my argument on the fact that my pronunciation has been so established, or “fossilized”, after thirty years of English learning that talking with someone whose English is accented for 25 minutes four or five times a week alone wouldn’t affect or influence the way I speak the language significantly. While taking Rarejob lessons, my notion is totally on listening and speaking. Unless I play back recordings of the lessons for any practice purposes, their pronunciation would almost never affect or screw my own pronunciation.

That being said, I’m currently learning pronunciation from a RareJob tutor who used to be specialized in neutralizing accented English, helping learners acquire the American accent, and coaching English speaking radio DJs to acquire the American accent. The tutor speaks finely-tuned English accent-wise, but it’s not the only reason why I appreciate him as my pronunciation teacher. He has ears to identify my problem areas and never fails to locate mispronounced words in my speech. He would never be generous or lenient on making comments and sharing his observations, which, more often than not, could get hard on me. Whenever I play back recording of the lessons with him, my focus would be more on his speech rather than mine in an attempt to emulate his pronunciation. My point here is that I’m particular in choosing who I’d learn and emulate pronunciation from on RareJob.

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