Tuesday, June 30, 2009

It Rolls off the Tongue

My TESOL class observations have started back up. I was previously sitting in on an advanced class, but this time decided to see what one filled with beginners is like.

Last night, the takeaway was an emphasis on pronunciation: there is a big difference between tequila and vanilla. And it also changes a lot if someone has nine children, or none children.

Tonight's class included everybody's favorite false cognate, "embarazada," which does not translate from Spanish to English as "embarrassed," as one might guess, but "pregnant."

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