We had the great pleasure of interviewing one of our favorite online teachers, the pronunciation master herself, Rachel from Rachel’s English. If you don’t know Rachel, she’s been a huge inspiration to how we teach pronunciation here at RealLife.
In this conversation, we talk about a lot of awesome stuff, but here are a few of the highlights:
- Rachel’s story as an opera singer and how she started teaching pronunciation
- The importance of learning to listen and imitate the rhythmic patterns of native speakers
- Is it okay to practice your English with other non-native speakers and learners?
- Using media and repetition of native speech samples to improve your pronunciation
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Words to Know
- Background– Accumulated experience, education, and expertise
- Scholarship– When somebody else pays for your education based on merit
- Opera– A dramatic “play” (theatre) that has music, instruments, and the acting is sung
- Audition– When you “try out” for a part in the opera, a play, or any other form of acting
- Abroad– in a foreign country (e.g. study abroad)
- Archaic– Old, not used anymore
- Apparatus– mechanism or equipment needed for an activity
- Philly (“filly”)– shortened way of saying Philadelphia
- Mimicry– Imitation
- Get in the way– block, impede
- Boil down to– to be reduced to its most simple form
- Tune out– exclude from your audio awareness
- Crocodile Dundee– famous movie about an Australian
- That’s not a knife (see notes below)
- Persona– identity
- Spinning it back (Spin it back) – to repeat back
- Start from scratch– start from nothing, zero
- Lose your train of thought– to forget what you were talking about
- Eye opener– Something that surprises you
- Slice– Small Piece (slice of pizza)
- Loop– Repeat
- Drill Sergeant– the person who trains soldiers
- Embody– to include or integrate into the main part of something
- Pick your brain– to interview, explore the mind or ideas of somebody
Links and Mentions
- Rachel’s Website
- Rachel’s Youtube Channel
- Rachel’s English Academy
- Fluency MC
- Simple English Videos & Vicki Hollett (Interview with Fluency MC & Rachel)
- Famous Crocodile Dundee scene (“That’s not a knife“)
- Shadowing (imitation technique)
- Content and Function Words on Rachel’s English
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