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    #11

    Re: American pronunciation

    fivejedjon
    Thank you for clearing up!
    birdeen's call
    She's from Russia.
    What do you want from a provincial school-teacher? That's why I started learning English on my own with the help of different English books and Internet.

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    #12

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheNewOne View Post
    She's from Russia.
    What do you want from a provincial school-teacher? That's why I started learning English on my own with the help of different English books and Internet.
    Your teacher was over-prescriptive in this particular case, but don't forget that much of the English teaching in the world is done by provincial schoolteachers. Sometimes their knowledge of grammar and pronunciation may be a little dated, but they do a pretty good job overall.

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    #13

    Re: American pronunciation

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNewOne View Post
    She's from Russia.
    What do you want from a provincial school-teacher? That's why I started learning English on my own with the help of different English books and Internet.
    I didn't mean to belittle your teacher! I was only curious.

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    #14

    Re: American pronunciation

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    birdeen's call

    I can't say my school teacher was bad (I just felt that I needed more knowledge than she could give me). Sometimes we disputed about some grammar questions and she told me I wasn't right so I had to prove my case (is it a correct saying?) to get a good mark.

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    #15

    Re: American pronunciation

    It's amazing how some teachers, even after getting a degree in an English-speaking country, stop practicing pronunciation and don't keep up with the ever-changing vocabulary and grammar. Those who actually do, like the ones in this forum, are to be admired. But the truth is most don't, and are fairly incompetent compared to teachers of other subjects.

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