Tom, how did you learn to pronounce English sounds ?

Marcelo   Wednesday, May 14, 2003, 14:47 GMT
Hello,

I understand the phonetic transcription and the phonetic alphabet perfectly, but I'm having problems with some sounds, especially vowels, that don't exist in my native tongue (Spanish). For example the difference between a: and @

How did you learn them ? Did you just listened and repeated, trying to produce the same sound? Or perhaps you used a complex system like the vowel trapezoid, controlling things like your tongue's place of elevation?

Thank you very much for your answer.
Marcelo
Tom   Wednesday, May 14, 2003, 15:13 GMT
Just listened and repeated.
For [@], I tried to blend the Polish "a" and "e".
If repeating is not enough in your case, recording your voice can be helpful.
Chantal   Thursday, May 22, 2003, 00:41 GMT
Marcelo,

You write as well as a native speaking. It seems to me that your pronounciation should be as good
Chantal   Thursday, May 22, 2003, 00:42 GMT
your writing. Were you born in an English speaking country ? If yes, which one ?
Joyce Ongesa   Thursday, May 29, 2003, 12:38 GMT
Want to learn how to pronounce words
EE   Thursday, May 29, 2003, 21:42 GMT
"PerfectPronunciation" sounds like what you're looking for..
http://www.antimoon.com/perfectp/perfectp.htm
tulip   Friday, May 30, 2003, 21:39 GMT
To EE,
I visited http://www.antimoon.com/perfectp/perfectp.htm
It seems nothing is for free...
Chantal   Friday, May 30, 2003, 21:41 GMT
the second Chantal above is not me. However, if someone wants to know if I was born in an Enlish speaking county, the answer is "no".
Chantal   Friday, May 30, 2003, 21:44 GMT
Sorry ! I meant "in an English speaking country".