How to Improve English (For Koreans)

by rvaughn on June 24, 2010

This video is specifically designed for Korean learners of English.
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Beat English: No More Hard English for Koreans (Part1)

by Article Marketer on June 24, 2010

For decades, Koreans have wrestled with poor English. We’re coming up with new way to learn English. This is about English rhythm.

For decades, Koreans wrestled with poor English. We’re coming up with the new way to learn English. This is about English grammar.

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Accent Reduction: Secrets of English Pronunciation for Koreans, part 2

Welcome back to part 2 of the secrets of English pronunciation for Koreans. Because English and Korean are very different languages, there are some sounds that create extra difficulty for Korean speakers learning English. I hope you will find that these secrets give you that extra boost to make your English more understandable.

Secret #3: You must understand the difference between short and long vowels.

A common confusion is between the long e as in sheep and the short i as in ship. To make a long ee sound, pull your lips back into a smile. Practice saying words like sheep, sleep, team, green, and street.

The lips are not pulled back as far when saying the short i sound. This is the sound in words like ship, slip, Tim, grin, and swim.

Secret #4: You must learn to hear the difference between the w, r, and l sounds.

You are probably aware that this is a challenge, as once again, your native language does not really distinguish between these sounds and English does. The w is produced by rounding your lips, turning on your voice, and releasing the sound. It comes out as ” oooh -uh” at first. The l sound is made by placing the tongue behind the front teeth and turning on the voice. The r is made by producing the l sound, then pulling the tongue a little farther back in the mouth, keeping the tip up but no longer touching.

These four secrets are some of the biggest reasons that Korean speakers struggle with their English pronunciation. Now that you know the secrets, you should practice the sounds until you can hear and say the different English pronunciations.

If you cannot hear the differences on your own, or you want individual help to practice, contact an accent reduction specialist. You may be able to find one locally or you may prefer to find someone who offers services via webcam. That way, you can study with a native speaker who lives anywhere in the world and you can schedule classes at your convenience in the privacy of your own home or office.

If you aren’t sure if you need individual classes, find someone who offers a free accent screening and get an expert opinion.

Now you know the secrets; its time to put them into use.

Why don’t you take my free online speech and accent screening at www.losemyaccent.com ? It only takes a few minutes, and you will get free tips on how to improve your communication skills.

Lisa Scott is a nationally certified speech pathologist who specializes in accent reduction training. Great communication is vital to a productive life, and Lisa is passionate about helping you increase your productivity by removing communication barriers. She offers a free online speech screening and follow-up phone call to determine if her classes will benefit you. If you are tired of being misunderstood and are ready for a change, please visit www.losemyaccent.com

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Accent Reduction: Secrets of English Pronunciation for Koreans, part 1

I am an accent reduction specialist, and I am going to give away some secrets of English pronunciation for Koreans learning English. There are some common mistakes that almost all Koreans make, and it is because of the differences between the Korean and English languages. Once you understand these differences, you’ll be on your way to clearer speech and less frustration when speaking English.

Secret #1: You must understand the difference between voiced and unvoiced sounds.

K and G are almost the same sound, but G uses voice and K does not. What do I mean? Put your hand on your throat and say “ahh” Feel the vibration? Your voice is on. Now say k-k-k-k. You should not feel vibration. Now try saying g-g-g-g-g. You should feel the vibration again. This voicing is the only difference between the word coat (a piece of clothing) and the word goat (an animal).

Secret #2: You must learn to hear the difference between the f, v, b, and p sound.

This is a difficult concept for many Koreans because the f and v don’t really exist in your native language, and the b and p are often interchangeable. However, in English each of these sounds is distinct, and using the wrong sound can easily change the whole meaning of a word. Here is a very simple example:

fan – something that blows air to cool you off

van – a vehicle you can drive

ban – to prohibit or not allow something

pan – a cooking utensil

The only difference in each of these words is the first letter, but it completely changes the meaning of the word. So, you can see how easily an English speaker would be confused if you substituted one of these sounds for another.

The difference in these sounds is in the lip and teeth placement, and also in the voicing, like we talked about earlier.

F and V are both produced by putting the top teeth on the lower lip and blowing. The V uses voicing and the F does not.

B and P are both produced by pushing the lips together and releasing. The B uses voicing and the P does not.

Try saying the words fan, van, ban, and pan. When you master the four sounds, each of those words will sound different.

Now you know some of my secrets. I hope they help you with your English pronunciation. If you are still having trouble, contact an accent reduction specialist, who will work with you on exactly what you need. For the ultimate convenience, look for someone who offers private lessons via webcam. These classes can be scheduled at your convenience and in the privacy of your home or office. It doesn’t get much simpler than that!

Why don’t you take my free online speech and accent screening at www.losemyaccent.com? It only takes a few minutes, and you will get free tips on how to improve your communication skills.

Lisa Scott is a nationally certified speech pathologist who specializes in accent reduction training. Great communication is vital to a productive life, and Lisa is passionate about helping you increase your productivity by removing communication barriers. She offers a free online speech screening and follow-up phone call to determine if her classes will benefit you. If you are tired of being misunderstood and are ready for a change, please visit www.losemyaccent.com.

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Newspapers Key to Fast English Learning – Korea Times

December 11, 2009

Korea Times
Newspapers Key to Fast English Learning
Korea Times
Chae Young-ri, a researcher of Eleutian Korea, suggested that younger kids could pick an article, introduce the main character, as if he or she were their

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Korean ESL students learn English by re-enacting scenes from

December 31, 1969

Korean ESL students learn English by re-enacting scenes from “Gladiator”. According to a series of blog posts and YouTube videos making the rounds, a group of Korean ESL students are learning English by re-enacting scenes from the movie …

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Read Your Way To Fluency

July 26, 2010

Read Your Way To Fluency
Many students who are learning English as a second or foreign language believe that the best way to learn English is by taking free talking classes with a native speaker.  Free talking is, in fact, a great way for students to practice English; however, it is not the best method for [...]

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The Young Men in South Korea Like to Learn Chinese

June 23, 2010

The Young Men in South Korea Like to Learn Chinese
  In order to exploit job opportunities, the young men in South Korea like to learn Chinese. Yang Zhiyin, a worker in electronic industry of South Korea, always assumed that she could find a good job if she had learned English and Japanese. But now she [...]

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Importance of Foreign Languages

June 22, 2010

Importance of Foreign Languages
Why should I learn a foreign language? After all the whole world speaks English. There may be some truth in this argument, but only a little bit. In truth only 5.6% of the worlds total population speak English as their first language. So what are the benefits of learning a foreign language?Firstly [...]

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Knowing a foreign language

June 22, 2010

Knowing a foreign language
Learning a foreign language can always be beneficial from both future and career perspective. In fact, it is like an added qualification in your Curriculum Vitae. There can be many reasons to learn a foreign language, it can be professional, personal, from education perspective, growth perspective etc. But let’s consider the top [...]

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Why Do You Need English ?

June 22, 2010

Why Do You Need English ?
I met one of my friends who was in the university few years back. He was talking to me very fluently in “English” like someone who had was just come from uk. It was a great surprise for me. This guy who came to the university from hanguranketha and I [...]

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Should All World Leaders Speak in English?

June 22, 2010

Should All World Leaders Speak in English?
Language allows people to communicate, learn, and grow which is the fundamental underpinning of society’s progress. In recent years, more people have begun discussing the question of whether all world leaders should speak English. Whether they should speak English or not depends on if there is a need for [...]

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Why didn’t you learn English at school?

June 22, 2010

Why didn’t you learn English at school?
Learning English as a foreign language has become a necessity in almost all non-English speaking countries in the last 2 decades or longer. Yet, many people find this learning process stressful and difficult due to many factors.
An inevitable question arose in my personal contact with future learners of English [...]

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English Language Learning Strategic Attitudes for Foreign Language Learners

June 22, 2010

English Language Learning Strategic Attitudes for Foreign Language Learners
During the last few decades a continuing but significant move has taken place, resulting in less emphasis on teachers and teaching and greater stress on learners and learning.

This article provides an overview of key issues concerning the use of language learning strategies (LLS) in second and [...]

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Learning English as an Adult

June 22, 2010

Learning English as an Adult
All you have to do is pay attention to literature, the media, movies, pop culture and the internet to notice that the English language is quickly becoming something of a universal language. Business transactions across borders and over the internet are largely conducted in English. International relations and policy [...]

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How Long Would It Take To Learn English As A Foreign Language?

June 22, 2010

How Long Would It Take To Learn English As A Foreign Language?
How long would it take to learn English as a foreign language? There is no simple answer to this question and learning a language takes time and patience. Making the most of the time a student does have by using it wisely is what [...]

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Tips for Koreans Learning English

June 22, 2010

Tips for Koreans Learning English
Many Koreans have spent a great deal of time and money trying to learn English, yet their proficiency rate is very low. Even though some do learn to speak English reasonably well, others still have a hard time understanding them. In fact, a survey taken by the Political and Economic Risk [...]

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Use Proverbs to Teach English and Provide Perspective

June 22, 2010

Use Proverbs to Teach English and Provide Perspective
Teaching English? Use Proverbs to Provide Perspective and Create a Global Classroom
” I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” Chinese proverb
“Well begun is half done.” Greek proverb.
“Persistence pays.” Latin proverb
English teachers and many English students will [...]

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Students show off their speaking chops – JoongAng Daily

June 17, 2010

JoongAng Daily
Students show off their speaking chops
JoongAng Daily
“The speeches were graded on how well the speakers' views were delivered to the audience … you do not have to live abroad to speak English well.

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[Century] Korea’s modernization through English in the 1880s – Korea Times

May 30, 2010

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[Century] Korea's modernization through English in the 1880s
Korea Times
This is the 22nd in a 60-part series featuring 60 major events in Korea's modern history from 1884 till now. The project is part of the 60th anniversary of

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Many English learners still struggle with the language, study shows – Los Angeles Times

May 28, 2010

Los Angeles Times
Many English learners still struggle with the language, study shows
Los Angeles Times
Take Japan,South Korea or Germany for example. They have made great innovations in field of science and mathemtics but can they fluently speak english.

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An expensive lesson in studying in America – Korea Times

May 10, 2010

Korea Times
An expensive lesson in studying in America
Korea Times
They are not willing to speak English or interact with others outside of their group and they draw an unbreakable line between them and other students.

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