Three Secrets About Spoken English
- SECRET #1: English is a STRESSED based language
- SECRET #2: LINKING. Native speakers don’t start words with vowels. They link the words together when they pronounce them.
- English is a language where the written word has very little to do with it’s spoken sound
- SECRET #3: COLLOCATIONS are the secret to speaking English like a native, not grammar. English is idiomatic.
- the habitual juxtaposition of a particular word with another word or words with a frequency greater than chance. Example: “fall in love” not “fall to love”, “trip in love” We say “Merry Christmas” but not “Merry New Year”.
- There are more non-native English speakers than native English speakers in the world
- Most of the global English speakers use 2000 words. Native English speakers have a range of 1 million words commonly used. We have TOO MANY words in English.
- In 1930, Ogden created Basic English, a simplified subset of regular English for communicating with the world. Voice of America uses a list of 1500 words for all it’s broadcasts.
Thompson developed an app Teacher Judys Sound Dictionary that allow you to look up a word by it’s vowel sound. The vowel sound is assigned a color (Thompson Color Vowel Chart). One can both hear how the word should sound if they can spell it, or look up a word based on it’s sound. Great idea. Dictionaries have always given me trouble looking up when I didn’t know how to spell a word.