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    i am not a teacher

    how can i involve in forum topics? i am not an english teacher but i like to talk on english language. are we required to be an english teacher to intervene in the topics? worse, my first language is turkish.:(

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    #2

    Re: i am not a teacher

    Ssendur, anyone can participate- you don't have to be a teacher. Feel free to add your opinions in threads- that's how discussions get going. If ever you're not 100% sure about something, just say that you think this is the answer, etc. Not sure why having Turkish as a fist language should be worse than anything else. Oh, and welcome.

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    Re: i am not a teacher

    because even many native english speakers dont speak english properly or grammatically correct, i witnessed that a lot. And turkish belongs to another language family which is not indo-european, the grammer is completely different. I am proud of myself though, it is a success for a turkish person to speak english fluently. Especially my reading is very well as i read a lot because of me working in information technologies, but i am not good at listening, i can not understand the entire lyrics of what is said in the movies.
    I dont know how to achieve it, do you have any idea for a foreigner to understand movie language. your phonetic of english is so wierd man, i am troubled with i and e and o , isnt there any precise pronounciation of these vowels?
    thank you for your answers

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    Re: i am not a teacher

    Hi sesendur,
    I think that getting better on listening while watching a movie is to use subtitles. You can listen and read at the same time and understand it better.

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    Re: i am not a teacher

    Many vowel sounds are reduced to what we call the schwa sound ('uh'), and in connected speech a lot of them almost disappear. Also, we don't have a single sound for the letters- we can pronounce the same letter in many ways, unlike languages like Spanish which have one letter, one sound.

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    Re: i am not a teacher

    so how can i better my pronounciation? do you have some resources for me?

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    #7

    Re: i am not a teacher

    It's hard to make suggestions without heqaring you- if you could post an MP3 of your voice, it would give us something concrete to look at. (Zip the file if you can't attach an MP3 directly)

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    Re: i am not a teacher

    ok, you have got the deal, i am gonna attach the mp3 file:) wait for me!

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