Re:(teach)pronunciation of TH and other sounds
As long as we're on the subject of pronunciation(particularly the /th/
sound), does anybody have trouble teaching students who can't say the /v/,
./w/, and /s/ sounds?
I'm now just about to go out and rent a copy of My Fair Lady. If you recall
Professor Higgins places marbles in Eliza Doolittle's mouth just so that she
could say "the rain in Spain stays maily in the plain" correctly. I'm not
suggesting that we put marbles in our student's mouths. Just a thought.
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- Not marbles, but pens and pencils crosswise
work well for Japanese and Korean students
who have trouble with the /r/ /l/ sounds -- having
them practice banging their tongues against the
pens while calling out such phrases as "Rock& Roll"
seems to help, but I still working on getting placed
in China so I not sure about the Chinese..
And bye the way, did you
know that putting marbles in your month to practice
speaking goes all the way back to Demosthenes,
in 5th cent B.C. Greece?