Who says intonation doesn’t matter?

Sometimes language learners are so worried about grammar accuracy to think that intonation doesn’t matter that much after all. Personally, I have always felt a bit down when my sentence stress was so influenced by my mother tongue to force my interlocutor to repeat what I had just said, even …

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British accents and dialects – Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland

NORTHERN IRELAND Many of the accents spoken in the province of Ulster share common features with Scottish English. Here are some distinguishing features: 1)      Diphthongs in words like goat and face tend to be monopthongs, so they sound like “goot” and “fees”. 2)      The “oo” in cook or book is …

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One-minute World News

Listening: solo film in lingua originale? I miei studenti mi confessano spesso che il listening è l’abilità che più fanno difficoltà a sviluppare. Riuscire a comprendere ciò che ci viene comunicato in forma orale in una lingua che non è la nostra è sicuramente un’impresa ardua, soprattutto per coloro che hanno …

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