Our pronunciation group started on 8th Feb. Due to Covid everything is now done online. This group seems very educative, but I find it also very hard. The more we study the less I feel I know. I feel that I have challenges even to hear differences between the letters in the words.
3rd session: this is hard! I hadn’t ever before even understood that there is a difference with pronunciation between nouns and verbs (like e.g., with word record). I start to understand better only now how much work I have ahead of me…
I have tried to practice tongue twisters and re-read pronunciation materials between the lectures, but I’m not sure if I’m proceeding. I also started to watch McGee Studio interior design program without subtitles, and I recognized that I didn’t understand even half of all that was said (admittedly some of the words they used were not that common either). However, this listening became easier after some time.
4th time: I feel so tired after the lecture! How energy demanding can it be to make funny noises for 1,5 hours?! I have always felt that the word Vauxhall is my Achilles’ heel. I think, I might finally be able to say it now correctly. Apparently it should be pronounced a little like ‘Vok-swal’. No wonder nobody understood me before when I tried to mention it.
I have now watched most of the videos and redone all pronunciation tasks in the Moodle. Many tasks were this time easier to complete, but I still had a lot of challenges with the stressed phrases. I have also recorded my reading aloud multiple times. Unfortunately, I haven’t heard any improvement despite the fact that I have repeated same texts multiple times. I still continue to do some tongue twisters with my children (because it is also fun) and I want to record my speaking again when I’m next alone long enough to do it.
Here are the links to our favorite tongue twister sites: