PRONUNCIATION – FOREIGN SOUNDS IN ENGLISH

Audio blog post by Dr. Isaacs. Click to listen and read along! Okay. So you're an expert speller. You've already handled the four blog posts about basic vowel sounds, and the post on consonant sounds was a snap, right? Ready to tackle some foreign sounds that aren't native to American English? This may take some practice. And let's be honest...this will also take some willingness on your part to sound or even look a bit foolish. Keep in mind that millions of people around the world make these sounds every…

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VOCABULARY AND THE LEARNER’S DICTIONARY

Audio blog post by Dr. Isaacs. Click to listen and read along! On April 9, 2013, Scripps announced an unprecedented change to the format of the National Spelling Bee. For the first time in history, vocabulary would be part of the written test. And lo, there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth. The 281 national competitors and their parents, teachers, and coaches all felt as if the rug had been pulled out from beneath them. I was among them. I mean, we all had prepared purely for a spelling…

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