- those who learn the language in state schools only because it's mandatory,
- and those who become passionate about the English.
The first group, of cource, does not advance much in mastery of the language. They are able to say simple greetings and ask about the time.
However, the latter one usually ends up as native-like speakers. We lack the middle group who could speak relatively good but not necessary at university level. Fortunately, the situation gradually improves in that respect.
By the way: the pronunciation of the bloger is 'woo-kash' with the first syllable stressed.
I just wanted to share that curiosity with you. Not many people know how to pronunce foreign names.
Ohh , ok! I get it now. In Polish we pronounce the "lu"; "woo"!!! Good to know.
Hehe, this is an overgeneralization, but it is my fault! I must have forgotten to add that the guy - Łukasz - didn't spell his name correctly in the link you provided. In the international use we drop Polish diacritic marks such as the horizontal line in Ł - he instead wrote L. I'm used to that and I didn't notice that he wrote normal L in his name.. sorry! Using Polish font it is normally spelled Łukasz. And Ł is indeed pronounced as W in English. Hence, we have Woo-kash.
Once again, sorry for that misinforming you!
It's ok Seba. Thanks for the clarifivation.
I was just listening to some beautiful tips regarding effective listening and therefore correct pronounciation.
Here are some from what I remember:
1)It's particulary good to choose a person you enjoy listening too or you want to sound like, and listen frequently to them.
2)While listening; notice how the English intonation goes up and down inorder to show attitude or to turn taking.
3)Try to pay close attention to the way the speaker use contraction, you will see that it's well used and therefore if you want to sound more natural you have to adapt that way.
That's all for today, I wrote them in my manner; if you don't understand something then just ask!
I want to know from you, learners as well as teachers, what do you think about the above tips?? Do you think they are effective? Could you suggess more!
You can also try to follow after the recording and repeat what the person says (trying keep his/her pace of speaking). It is then called shadowing - good and effective technique, but I personally find it somewhat tiresome..