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October 18th, 2019

Hi friends! Every week, I generate a quick brief about 5 interests for the week relating to accent mo
October 18th, 2019
By Kristopher Wan • Issue #28 • View online
Hi friends! Every week, I generate a quick brief about 5 interests for the week relating to accent modification and English learning. If you have a few minutes on your commute to work or lunch break and want to consume some interesting content in the world of English learning, enjoy!

🧠 Journal Club
Now I know this is supposed to be JOURNAL club but I’m on a news article fix.
The article explains that native English communicators are typically terrible at predicting, adapting or altering their communication style to empathically accommodate to non-native English speakers.
The use of cultural slang, nuanced meaning, metaphors, and abbreviations add an additional level of unnecessary complexity to communicating, which Morrison argues may ultimately result in a loss of business or effective communication of a team objective.
Interestingly enough, a distilled form of English, stripped down to 1,500 words and simple but standard grammar was created by Jean-Paul Nerriere in an attempt to make business communication easier. Under the preface that Globish is not a language, simply a tool for the right circumstances, since launching Globish in 2004 he’s sold more than 200,000 Globish text books in 18 languages.
💬 Thoughtful Quote
You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.”
- Wayne Dyer
Work at the hospital has been hard this past week because of sick calls, reduced staffing and unexpected responsibilities. For me, I try to keep grounded by doing the best I can and just do the best that I can in a day.
When it comes to accents or learning a new language, trying your best and concentrating on one or two aspects of your pronunciation at a time is important. Don’t focus on everything at once because language and speech in their entirety can be overwhelming but little aspects one-by-one can be manageable.
Finally, forget the opinions and perspectives of anyone but you. You’re doing this for yourself so don’t worry about people who say your communication
📖 Vocabulary Word
cod·i·fy (v.) - think CODE·ih·fy or CAW·dih·fy
arrange (laws or rules) into a systematic code.
There has recently been discussion about the codification of laws and at least in the United States, both CODE·ih·fy and CAW·dih·fy may be heard. In the news right now, US democrats are discussing the codification of ‘Roe vs. Wade’, which would make a woman’s right to abortion a federal law.
The intent to proceed with the CODE·ih·fi·ca·tion or CAW·dih·fi·ca·tion process has been announced by multiple U.S. Democrat leader candidates so I guess it’s a powerful point in U.S. politics right now.
💎 Tech Finds
Say It: English Pronunciation by Oxford University Press ELT.
Say It Logo
Say It Logo
Now it looks like the app has actually existed for several years dating back 4 years ago. In association with the Oxford University Press, the free version offers 100 UK English pronunciations but there are paid options for American English pronunciation. From what I’ve explored of the free access, the app works on word-level pronunciation. That means it will be helpful for accurate word pronunciation but may not cover pronunciation changes that occur across multiple words.
The most interesting aspect of the app though, is the direct comparison of model pronunciation and your pronunciation of words. Furthermore, you get a visual of the sound wave, a yellow streak to indicate the primary stress and the ability to play back the recordings to compare. I will try to look at the app in greater detail over the next week or two. Maybe I’ll even purchase it.
Audio-visual feedback for word pronunciation
Audio-visual feedback for word pronunciation
❌ Message Mishap
For some mysterious reason in the world, there are English words that literally mean the exact of themselves as well.
For example,
Oversight (n.)
  1. an unintentional failure to notice or do something.
  2. the action of overseeing something.
Rather than playing a guessing game, use a less ambiguous synonym like “error” and “supervision” respectively to avoid that oversight yourself.

oversight much?
oversight much?
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Kristopher Wan

Hey friends, I'm Kris, a speech-language pathologist interested in and pursuing a side-hustle in accent modification. Every Wednesday I send out a "5-bullet brief" email newsletter with some thoughts, research and internet treasures relating to accent modification and English language learning.

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