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    Default Pronunciation for Chinese student.

    I'm teaching a Chinese ESL student, who needs to improve her pronunciation. (She works in California for a big multi-national).

    Can any body suggest any advice, techniques, excercises ?

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    Default Re: Pronunciation for Chinese student.

    What level is she and what problems does she have?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dOlier View Post
    I'm teaching a Chinese ESL student, who needs to improve her pronunciation. (She works in California for a big multi-national).

    Can any body suggest any advice, techniques, excercises ?

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    Hi! I would suggest let her imitate audio files, eg. BBC, VOA, read out by a certain native speaker from every single word to tone time and again. And then let her read it out for you, you can correct her pronunciation.

    I assume if she can insist everyday in three months, her pronunication will improve.

    (I'm not a teacher.)
    Last edited by thedaffodils; 09-Sep-2008 at 12:25.

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    Default Re: Pronunciation for Chinese student.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    What level is she and what problems does she have?
    She is quite advanced, her spoken English is good, but some of her pronunciation - L's and R's, and combined consanants - is very bad.
    (We were discussing Palin & Alaska and she could not pronounce "oil-drilling").

    She was recently told at an job interview that she would not be promoted because the interviewer could not understand her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    I assume if she can insist everyday in three months,

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    Default Re: Pronunciation for Chinese student.

    I think daffodil must mean "practice".

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    Smile Re: Pronunciation for Chinese student.

    Hi dOlier,

    Sorry, I didn't make myself clear. Yes, I mean 'insist on practising'. A Chinese friend, whose pronuniciation is good, once told me if I could practise in this way, my pronunciation would improve.

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    Default Re: Pronunciation for Chinese student.

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hi dOlier,

    Sorry, I didn't make myself clear. Yes, I mean 'insist on practising'. A Chinese friend, whose pronuniciation is good, once told me if I could practise in this way, my pronunciation would improve.
    I think you mean "persist" not "insist".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I think you mean "persist" not "insist".
    Raymott, thank you for your correction.

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    Default Re: Pronunciation for Chinese student.

    I am a Chinese and my recommendation is that you should focus on voiced consonants (especially Z) and intonations.

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