123. Phonetically challenged

Carry is back in the studio with some more insights on phonetics. Today she and Roger focus on pronunciation problems typical for learners from a certain area and what teachers can do about those.

Be aware, while the episode takes reference to Germany and the Saarland foremost, many of the problems mentioned are relevant for speakers of other native languages, too. Our Russian listeners for example might also be affected by what is referenced with the German term "Auslautverhärtung", that is the de-voicing of word final consonants (think: мороз vs. морозный).

Listen in and try it out! And don't forget to hold your larynx while doing so.

English vowel chart
Illustrating the vowels for the British standard "Received Pronunciation".

German vowel chart
Compare it to the German vowels system as shown here. Notice some of the vowels mentioned here are not natively German and occur in loanwords etc.

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122. Feel the rhythm

Carrie and Roger continue their discussion about the quirks and pitfalls for non-native speakers when dealing with English.

Today they dive deeper and come to the conclusion that phonetics and accent are not the biggest problems to overcome for a student of English ...

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121. Listen before you speak

You may have recognised the title as a modified version of the saying "Think before you speak!" We have changed it into a good piece of advice for English learners, based on what today's guest tells Roger about her research on phonetics for foreign learners of English.

Oh, and if you wonder after listening... Yes the word really exists and wasn't invented for this podcast. ;-)

And this is the promised link to an interactive chart of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).

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120. Studying gender

Heike is back with Roger for a more detailed look into gender studies. They are discussing what this particular field of social sciences is about, who does and who maybe should study it, and what aspects there are in terms of research topics and interdisciplinary facets.

The UdS Gender Studies Certificate
If you want to read up on Saarland University's gender study course, follow this link for more information.

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119. Our gender issue

This time Roger invited Heike, an expert for gender studies. She is going to explain to us, how the term gender evolved from a mere grammatical phenomenon to what may very well be the most discussed topic of social and linguistic sciences in the last decades.

We'll hear about many facets: From the influential heads that started the discussion up to the current situation and influences on our everyday life.

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