‘It’s not what you say. It’s the way that you say it’. How many times have you been chided or have you chided someone for using the wrong tone when speaking. And it’s so important to get the tone right. Or is it?
I used to do so much work on rhythm in my classes. I loved bringing songs into the classroom to that end. They’re fun to do. But are they helping? Is there any point in stress–timing your English? Are languages like English really stress timed?
Well, this is quite a mouthful of a name, so as this blog is always about pronunciation, let’s just refer to receptive competence, which is the listener’s ability to make sense of whatever it is that the other person is saying, or, to put it technically, to decode the incoming acoustic signal. Receptive competence, as […]
One of the key messages in my last post on priorities for English vowels, was that you don’t need the twelve pure vowels (monophthongs) of RP in order to be intelligible in English. Evidence for this assertion is pretty overwhelming, and in addition to common sense observation of English in daily use, this evidence lies […]