Under the Language Evaluation segment, John shared with us about his personal experience to scale the skyscraper of English pronunication.
He found that it was not King's English or Queen's English but Clear English which was the highest standard of English.
Do practise saying the following words. If you are in doubt, you can also check out the pronunciation at www.dictionary.com.
Feet/Feat/Fit (note "Feet" and "Feat" have the same pronunication)
Food/Foot (* Special - food - long, foot - short)
Next, he shared with us that there was a difference between pronunciation and enunication. The first one referred to the sound of word, the latter was the syllabus stress.
"Th" sound. To say this sound correctly, your tongue has to be in between your teeth and you blow when you say the word. Some words for practise.
There/Their (can be the same or pronounce "Their" sounding like "Air" behind)
The "s" in the centre
chute ("sh" sound)
grasp (pronounce "grass" with "p" sound ending)
itinerary (remember this is a 5 syllabus word, there is one "r" sound in the middle. I-ti-ner-a-ry)
liaise (it is leeyas, not liar)
won/worn (first word is pronounced as "one")
regardless/ with regard (there is no irregardless)
John ended this segment by telling that "practice makes .... better". And for those who are interested to improve further look out for a course on phonetics conducted by Mr Norman Lim at CC. I have done a google his full name is Norman Lim Thye Kee. If he is conducting one near my place, I will definitely sign up.