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Autor:  Ricardo - EMB -
E-mail:  emb@sk.com.br
Data:  13/FEV/2006 6:48 PM
Assunto:  Pronunciation

Dear Edytarcio,


I don't think dividing English words into syllables is helpful in acquiring a good pronunciation. What is useful is to study the sounds (phonemes) of English and how they differ from the Portuguese phonemes, especially the vowels.


Syllabification of English words will lead you to the wrong direction as far as rhythm is concerned. While Portuguese is a syllabic language, English is stress-timed, which means that unstressed syllables tend to be compressed and some syllables can almost disappear. This is an important characteristic of English that the learner needs to get acquainted with from the beginning.


See more about English and Portuguese vowel phonemes at http://www.sk.com.br/sk-voga.html

See more about rhythm at http://www.sk.com.br/sk-reduc.html



Ricardo - EMB

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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
Pronunciation  –  Edytarcio  13/FEV/2006, 4:56 PM
 Pronunciation  –  Ricardo - EMB -  13/FEV/2006, 6:48 PM

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