From MSA to CA: A Beginner’s Guide for Transitioning into Colloquial Arabic

Editors note: This is a guest blog post by Lina Gomaa, Arabic Instructor in the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Portland State University, about the Creative Commons-licensed textbook she wrote, From MSA to CA: A Beginner’s Guide for Transitioning into Colloquial Arabic. 

How to Quickly Learn to Pronounce Anything No Matter How Difficult

pronounce anythingThis is a simple technique I developed on my own as part of the Telenovela Method years ago and I’ve just never gotten around to writing about it because it never occurred to me how much trouble most people have learning to pronounce certain parts of foreign languages.  This is a simple, obvious (once you understand it) techniq

Research shows that Pronunciation Impacts Perception of Gender

gender pronunciation
How do you know if the speaker is a male or female? Most people would answer by the pitch of a speaker’s voice. Now, study suggests that there may be another way to do this. According to a researcher from the University of Colorado Boulder, a person’s style of speech may help a listener to perceive the gender of the speaker.

Have a Train-Wreck Of an Accent? Fixing It Could Motivate You

Now that I’m teaching Spanish almost full-time, I’m noticing things in my students I didn’t notice in myself when I was learning Spanish on my own. One of these things is their accent.

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Back From My Hiatus

Finally things are settling down here in Spain (La Coruña), so maybe it’s time to pick up writing again. Things might be a bit hectic again as I’ll be in the Netherlands in May and June to take care of some college stuff, but I don’t foresee any problems regarding posting.

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How I Got a Native Spanish Accent

People often ask me when they hear me speaking Spanish: “Dude, how on earth did you get that accent?” No, they don’t ask it because my accent is horrible, but because my accent can easily fool natives into believing I’m Spanish as well (trust me, I’m doing it on a daily basis).

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