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Switching Between Languages Pays Off for Bilingual ToddlersProficient bilingual toddlers enjoy greater cognitive benefits that their monolingual peers, a new study reports. Read more here: Switching Between Languages Pays Off for Bilingual...
How do stressed and unstressed syllables differ? Here are the ways stressed and unstressed syllables differ in American speech. Duration: stressed syllables are longer; unstressed are shorter. This forms a contrast in du...
Should you use a student's native language when teaching English?Occasions when I incorporated home language into ESL teaching: I was teaching elementary school children and used English solely in class. My educational assistant spoke Thai,...
How can I figure out the pronunciation rules in US English?English pronunciation is governed by patterns, not rules. I’ll start with the smallest pieces of sound and work up to larger ones. Vowels and consonants: you can find resources ...
What is the best way to learn English for kids? I taught English as a Second Language to children for many years…decades, in fact. Children’s brains are programmed to learn language. Begin exposing them to a second languag...
I speak too quietly and don't pronounce words clearly. How do I improve my diction? This happens both in English and in Russian.Use your whole body to speak, not just your mouth. Put your reading material on a shelf at eye level so you can read it while you are standing. Pull air into your lungs, and then ...
If a person can pronounce every word accurately, can he be fluent in connected speech? Connected speech is a skill that is learned once you can pronounce words accurately. It decreases the accuracy of some sounds you make (is he becomes izzee), and moves some fina...
Why is the pronunciation of “X” different in the words "exist" and "maximum", in terms of British English rules?I can try to answer this from an American English perspective. It’s likely that the reasons are the same for British English since they are very similar accents. Below are the p...
Why do people pronounce "turmeric" as "tumeric"?That is a crazy question to ask! Here is the answer. Reason #1: It’s hard to articulate two syllables that end in R consequently, especially since the first one starts with T,...
I am insecure about my English. How do I get over this?The problem: People tell me I use too many big words! What can I do to sound better? The answer: Hang around (socialize) with native speakers more—do things with them so you bec...
How can I identify the main concepts when reading a chapter in a textbook?Identifying the concepts or main ideas in a chapter of academic text can be challenging in a second language. Here are two links to useful information about main ideas and concept...
PlayPhrase.Me, a fun way to study English intonationAre you interested in English intonation? Do you want to understand how tone is used in different settings, and by different people? Go to playphrase.me, type in a common phrase...
What is the difference in pronunciation between the 2 'th' sounds at the end of words?What is the difference in pronunciation between the 'th' sounds, theta and ð, at the end of words? Answered by Peggy Tharpe They are the same sound basically. The only diffe...
What is the difference between phonology and pronunciation?My answer to What is the difference between phonology and pronunciation? Answer by Peggy Tharpe: Phonology is a linguistics term. It is the study of the sounds and relationsh...
Best way to learn English in English-speaking country as lonely tourist?My answer to What is the best activity to learn English in an English-speaking country as lonely tourist? Answer by Peggy Tharpe: How about looking through the town/city’s ...
When is the best time for a child to learn English?My answer to the question: "When is the best time for a child to learn English?" on Quora.com The best time for children to develop a native-like “feel” for English intonati...
How Can I Improve My Pronunciation and Intonation?Read my Quora answer to "How can I improve my pronunciation and intonation?"   And learn what causes accents in English for speakers of these languages on these pages:  Arabic...
Do English learners make sentences too complicated?Read Peggy Tharpe's answer to Why do many English learners make sentences and phrases more complicated than they need to be? on Quora
The English Word O.K.'s Origins & Uses Theories Abound About the Origins of the English Word 'O.K.' I wonder if the English word 'O.K.' is the most spoken word in the world? Everywhere I go, no matter what langua...
TESOL TEACHER BOOTCAMP!Here's the Slideshare on my TESOL Teacher Bootcamp--a course I just put up on Udemy about teaching Vowels! Vowels are the Core of English. How we use them, articulate them, stretch...

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