Overcoming the American accent in Spanish
APPROACHING SPANISH VIA COMPARATIVE LINGUISTICS
A STATE-MAJORITY OWNED COMPANY FOR OFFSHORE EXPLORATION
HOUSTON — This report is a major “workover” (in drilling terms) of a report issued in 2012. The arrival in Mexico of upwards of 50 operators from around the world since 2015 creates a new need for bilingual skills in Spanish. The report focuses on identifying and correcting the errors of misplaced expectations arising from linguistic habits of one’s native language have a place in Spanish pronunciation.
Table A introduces symbols of the International Phonetic Alphabet that let us distinguish between sounds in different languages that is represented by the same letter; an example is the letter ‘r’ which refers to two consonants sounds (phonemes) in Spanish that are not found in English or French. Tips are given for better listening.
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