Practical theory for spoken communication

Rethink Speech offers a new way of thinking about speech. We want to do more than suggest an entertaining way of thinking about speech though. This view of speech gives a practical theory with lots of useful applications in the real world. One of those applications is improving the effectiveness of spoken communication between native and non-native speakers of English, especially helping second language learners with pronunciation.

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Helping with a foreign accent: Some cautions

When we hear someone struggling with English pronunciation, it’s easy for native speakers to feel they know exactly what the problem is. But are we always right in our diagnosis? Here’s some audio you can work through to demonstrate a common example.

First, you might like to try listening to a few non-native speakers attempting a difficult English word (each file less than 1 sec).

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