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Greetings: I live in Mexico. Previously I taught English in China for several years and it was necessary to learn their language to adjust my teaching style to their needs. Now, living in Mexico I can see very clearly some of the problems facing Latino students who desire to learn English. I just finished converting my Chinese phonetics program to Spanish to aid hispanohablantes. There are less sounds in Spanish than the target language English, therefore native Spanish Speakers need to be taught these sounds which, from their point of view, are unknown to them...not within their exp
For hardcore language enthusiasts, I strongly recommend visiting the UCLA Phonetics Lab Archive : http://archive.phonetics.ucla.edu/ It has recordings of native speakers of hundreds of languages, even rarely heard ones like Eastern Arrernte, Oro Win and Itelmen! There is even a word list of the now-extinct Ubykh language, yes the language that is supposed to have one of the largest number of sounds in the world. If you think learning Chinese or Arabic or Russian is difficult, wait till you hear the !Xóõ language from the Kalahari Desert. Yes, it's a Khoisan language with so differe