[etni] Fwd: This is English!
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---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: Julia Solomon <julia-laptop@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> Subject: This is English! What sort of a language is this? This is English! If 'ough' can be sounded 'oo' as in 'through' then 'dough' may be sounded as 'do'. If 'i' can be sounded as 'y' as in 'onion' and 'aw' is sounded as in 'your' and 'c' is sounded as in 'face' and 'a' as in 'any' and 'l' is silent as in 'calf', then' iawcallf' can be pronounced as 'yourself'. If 'o' is sounded 'u' as in 'love', then 'o' can be pronounced 'u' as in 'a thing'. If 'gh' can be sounded ' f' as in cough and 'ea' sounded as in 'great' and 'our' sounded 'er' as in fern, then 'gheavour' can be pronounced as 'favour'. If 'our' can be pronounced as 'er', then 'lourn' can be pronounced as 'learn'. If 'u' can be sounded as in 'sue', then 'tue' can be pronounced as 'to'. If 'p' is sounded as in 'shepherd' and 'r' as in 'carrot' and 'o' as in 'bureau' and 'n' as in 'mnemonic' and 'ou' as in 'bough' and 'n' as in 'knee' and 'c' as in 'circus' and 'e' as in 'have'. Then 'phrreaumnoughknce' can be pronounced as 'pronounce'. If 'ai' is sounded as in 'said' and 'e' is sounded as in 'pretty' and 'ci' is sounded as in 'special', then 'aingleci' can be pronounced as 'English'. So the following sentence: Dough iawcallf o gheavour: lourn tue phrreaumnoughknce aingleci! Is read as: "Do yourself a favour : learn to pronounce English!" The ambiguities that pervade the English language (with three out of every four words not pronounceable from the spelling) are not usually a problem for the automatic reader. Indeed you have probably picked it up yourself by the osmosis process of constant association and repetition with the spoken and written forms, as this is the standard methodology. Indeed English is too difficult to teach by trying phonics. There are too many ambiguities and inconsistencies which make any invention of phonic rules pointless. Most automatic readers have not even noticed the almost complete absence of English spelling and pronunciation rules, but it is a mine of confusion for the non automatic reader who still needs to pronounce each word to register its meaning. However, incorrect pronunciation means incomprehensible text, disengagement from reading, with consequent attitude and behavioural issues which I found myself addressing exclusively as a psychologist; until I decided to stop treating the effects and deal with the cause. If you would like to find out how English reading can be taught without the need for rules or for memorising sight words, by the addition of a simple pronunciation code for each vowel sound (as in Hebrew), please join me on 8 (Jerusalem) or 12 August (Tel Aviv) when I want to share with you this failure free phonics system for teaching English; why we need it and how it will work for you. Please see http://www.etni.org/courses/Dare_be_different.docx for details or email me on info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx for more. Best regards, Julia Solomon ************************************** ** Etni homepage - http://www.etni.org ** post to list - etni@xxxxxxxxxxxxx ** help - ask@xxxxxxxx ** David Lloyd: ETNI founder & manager http://david.greenlloyd.com ***************************************
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