miércoles, 11 de enero de 2012
The Pains of English Pronunciation
English pronunciation is really difficult and sometimes beyond comprehension; take this first example:
Sometimes making yourself understood, even in relation to the most basic sounds of the English language, can turn out to be a pretty hard task. Watch this clip from the television game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?." This show offers large amounts of money as prizes if you answer correctly a series of multiple-choice questions; in this case, the contestant faces big problems when trying to word his answer: something as simple as saying the first letter of the English alphabet.
And accents...well, that´s another story. Understanding people with, let´s say, a strong (or not so strong) Scottish accent is difficult for most native-English speakers from other English speaking countries -and for some voice-recognition technology in elevators, for that matter...