Wednesday, 13 August 2014

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credit: Ed Schipul; licence: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

"He wore a vest which was bulletproof" was one of the 20 sentences students of my English phonetics courses had to read aloud. The adjective is pronounced /bʊlɪtpruːf/. Quite a few of my young professionals pronounced it as /bʌlətpruːf/. They never seem to have watched a whodunit.

credit: aussiegal; licence: creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

4 comments:

  1. It's universal. It's also possible they spent too much time watching whodunits and too little time listening to you.

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  2. The second picture shows a rather extreme way of getting your students to pronounce English correctly, Petr, if you don't mind me saying so.

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    1. I've tried that. But they tend to stammer, for some reason.

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    2. John, I sometimes have that strong urge to ...

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