Well, on this very rainy day in the distant city of Bebedouro, in the State of São Paulo, I was thinking, “Why do so many people have problems with pronunciation?”
I mean, even English teachers. Yeah, that one in high school who kept telling you the pronunciation of “think” sounds more like “sink” or “fink”.
Really, that pisses me off big time. It does and do you know why? Because some teachers are just freaking lazy. Come on, if a teacher in 80s or 90s complained there was not enough resources to go around, OK, but (let me use a cliché here) with the advent of the World Wide Web things have become so much easier.
– You can download episodes of your series, for free and look for the corresponding English subtitles (or Portuguese, but God forbid, right?)
– Youtube is packed with videos, real English or even lots of EFL/ESL-oriented material.
– Reading material about pronunciation. Wow, you can choose from hundreds of thousands.
– Free (and pirated) ebooks on almost anything (sometimes if you’re luck you can even download the audio program, but I’m not saying where, don’t insist.)
So, if you think your pronunciation is not really up to par, what are you waiting for? Take your time and surf the web, it won’t hurt. But don’t believe me, you have to see it for yourself.
By the way, there’s a new pronunciation course coming up. Interested? E-mail me at [email protected] for more information. Real good course at a very reasonable price.
Take care and let’s hope it doesn’t rain so much tomorrow…