Fluency vs Fluidity: From a Foreign Language Student

Any foreign language speaker or student learning a second, third, or tenth language will tell you the most difficult to answer is: “So, are you fluent?” Continue reading

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Sounds of English to Non-Speakers

I’ve always wondered what English sounds like to someone who doesn’t speak English.  Language, after all, is just a collection of organized sounds…so what sounds stick out most from English?

Compared to Spanish, American English is a much more nasal and flat language.  Several people in Barcelona have already told me that they understand British English much better because [a] it is less nasal and [b] British English is what is taught in Spanish schools.

I found two youtube videos that interestingly present how American English appears.

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