Not by Ear, but by Sight

If pronunciation teaching is aimed at achieving native-like proficiency, it’s a futile business. However if reasonable intelligibility is the target in pronunciation instruction, it’s a fruitful, promising quest. The problem now is: how do we gauge reasonable intelligibility? There’s an interesting factor known as the interlocutor’s familiarity and attitudes towards the speaker that has to be considered. Do the […]

Why B Silent?

“All my life, without a douBt I’ll give you, All my life..” If not for the B, he must have been the heartthrob of the singing contest. Yes, he’s tall, handsome, and quite young with a deep voice YET with a loud B before his T.  T, an unvoiced consonant, forces B to lose its voice. Simply, T silenced B. Say […]