What / does / bilingual / mean?

Mother tongue?!

Hi again.

I was fascinated while reading the following article about fluency development in 2nd language learning in Montreal, Quebec, as touched upon in a previous post. (Click on the image above to read the article).

I found some observations from the article particularly interesting from a linguistic perspective, such as;

fluency – the ability to speak smoothly and quickly, without undue hesitations and pauses

“It has to do with exposure opportunities,” says Segalowitz,

If you feel awkward in a second language, you probably won’t get involved in activities that require speaking it.

Adapting your level of speech to different settings – whether you are making a boardroom presentation or cracking a joke in a pub – is one of the most difficult tasks for people speaking a second language.

The more you pursue interests that require using your second language, the more fluent you will become, Segalowitz says.

There’s nothing I enjoy more than a good read on a sunny Sunday morning. Get the hint?

Vowels – iphone / ipad / i / i: / i.e.

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Hello again,  

I wasn’t going to post this week as I’ve been up to my eyeballs, i.e. very busy.  I’m not going to do too much grammatical analysis on the following piece. The creator of the video goes through vocabulary which identifies not only vowels, but vowel sounds and diphthongs, which are a feature of English pronunciation. All the words you hear pronounced in the clip are not simply vowels in the written sense, but are the representation of the phonetic alphabet, as seen in the picure in the top left-hand corner of the post.  

Videos that I had uploaded from non-youtube sources in the past seem to have had compatability problems with the iphone and the ipad. This is because the iphone / ipad don’t display flash technology without specific apps. New apple devices come equipped with built-in youtube readers, yet this doesn’t apply to other sites like vimeo, which deals with better quality video. I’ve uploaded this video in an ‘iframe’ format and would be interested to know if this plays on iphone and ipad, as well as playing on other browsers. So all you iphoners, ipadders and i-something or other, do let me know!   

Thanks.   

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