Today Peter will get an answer to his question from last episode: He'll finally get to know what the so-called "backstop" is actually about and why so many Brits consider it problematic.
Now the RoPeCast team is holding their breath for tomorrow's parliamentary decision.
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We will solve the problem ... Well, that is, we'll clear up the language-related parts. We leave politics and the British economy for someone else to deal with and hope for the best.
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Roger and Peter wish you a pleasant and relaxing festive season.
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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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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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