The woman's name is Patti Page. I tried your link and nothing came up for me.
Student or Learner
This guy writes books on English pronunciation and he is the best sellers author in the field in japan.
Do you think that this guy qualifies as an instructor of English pronunciation?
Is he speaking in this file clearly enough for you to follow him?
Well, please try the file below and let me know what you think.
Here's a script of what he read.
"Have you heard of Patty Page?
She was called the singing rage.
We often hear the phrase "in other words" in these lyrics.
You can always tell a Journey song by Steve Perry's voice.
How do you feel when you listen to this song now?
This song is more than 30 years old.
Can you believe it?
Are you a fan of disco?"
Last edited by emsr2d2; 09-Nov-2014 at 12:16.
I have fixed the hyperlink and it now works. (The OP had omitted the "h" at the start of "https" at the start of the URL.)
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.
Thank you for your replies!
How about these guys? Here are the links to the samples.
They are also Japanese and they teach English pronunciation as well.
Would you please tell me if they qualify as an instructor of English pronunciation?
The first one is better than the second. However, I wouldn't recommend either of them.
"Do you think that this guy qualifies as an instructor of English pronunciation?"
That's difficult to judge. What are the alternatives? They would probably not qualify in an English-speaking country. But in Japan, if it's either them or nothing, I'd choose them.
Also, you can write excellent books even if you're mute. And many teachers of various things can explain very well how to do something even if they can't do it well themselves.
Is that a human speaking in the original link? It sounds almost like a computer-generated voice, like the one Stephen Hawking uses. I wouldn't recommend him/it as a model of pronunciation. His inflection is a bit unnatural as well.
I feel his pronunciation is fine and we all can understand his meaning. In most cases where pronunciation is not perfect, the context informs the meaning. It is almost impossible for a language learner to remove any trace of the mother tongue. In your example he slightly mixes up his 'l' and 'r' in 'lyrics' but that doesn't mean we don't understand him. There is some disagreement amongst language teachers as to the relevance of perfect pronunciation and whether or not it actually hampers someone's progress towards being understood. Check out this article below for more information.
** A Perdue University study on Fluency v Pronunciation
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — "Pronunciation accuracy may not be the most important thing for making non-native English speakers easier to understand, but rather it is their fluency, including fewer pauses, restarts and speech rate, according to research from Purdue University."