Friday, February 25, 2011

present tense; that第8篇)
.... you often use present tense, and in real life, we don't use that very often. .....
"But in the third sentence, the author has hocussed himself into believing
that the magic can extend back a full two sentences, .....
He is mistaken. (And the forms are not parallel here, either.) "

Sunday, February 20, 2011


Boston Globe上的一篇: Question? Answered. (副標題: The growing world of online language advice)
裡頭提到: ".... The venerable Usenet group alt.usage.english has long had a FAQ (frequently asked questions) list that is notable for its comprehensiveness and quality;..."


Monday, February 14, 2011


The Washington Post一篇有趣的文章:
'Gray market' for counterfeit gadgets is red hot in China
They are known here as "Shanzhaiji," which loosely translates as "Mountain Bandit Phones."

Friday, February 11, 2011

/SK/, /SP/, /ST/ sound

<擴展內容中; Note: 我還沒寫完。英語人士的發音方式很多,下方的影音links僅是我收集起來用以凸顯那個誤導的教法。千萬不要誤會成下方這些影音檔的唸法是唯一的發音方式>

這篇算是延續我之前的一篇貼文: interesTing的發音(*1)(找djyang---我本人),或是點選下方的"顯示內容"看重點:

(*1) 我在回這篇時我還不知道(語言學的)這術語  unaspirated,但是我已經知道/會這種unaspirated [p t k] after /s/ (stan, span, scan) and at the ends of syllables 的念法(就是尋常的會/知道。我並沒有刻意去區分/注意/分析(/學))

顯示內容 <== click Here

<擴展內容中; Note: 我還沒寫完。英語人士的發音方式很多,下方的影音links僅是我收集起來用以凸顯那個誤導的教法。千萬不要誤會成下方這些影音檔的唸法是唯一的發音方式>

一般人(很可惜的,也含一些老師)不懂得分辨voiceless T sound(或是看最下方的YouTube. 她用的說法是fast "d")和那個D sound(voiced D, 或是最下方YouTube那人用的說法strong D)

Although regional variation is very great across English dialects, some generalizations can be made about pronunciation in all (or at least the vast majority) of English accents:

* The voiceless stops /p t k/ are aspirated [pʰ tʰ kʰ] at the beginnings of words (for example tomato) and at the beginnings of word-internal stressed syllables (for example potato). They are unaspirated [p t k] after /s/ (stan, span, scan) and at the ends of syllables.

顯示更多影音links(SK,SP,ST) <== click Here

american accent - American T sound - pronunciation of american english

T sound
重點: almost "d", or fast "d",不是像我們念的很重的"d"(or strong "d")
注意聽她說 When we say "better", we don't say "be-D(很重)ER"

不直接相關: the disappearing "c"("k" sound)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011