By Charlie Baxter
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My thoughts on my non-native guest speaker's English:
Marta has reached an impressive level with her English as a non-native. She uses incredibly native expressions and does particularly well in using phrasal verbs in a usual way. Her accent is refreshingly natural. If I were learning English I would aim to sound as natural as Marta.
Many learners try to force a British accent and unfortunately sound like an imposter by over doing the /ɑː/ sound like in "bar", "aunt" and "far".
Notice how Marta doesn't exaggerate the British vowel sounds, it's very much like she has imitated her natural surroundings and really does almost sound like a local apart from some minor sounds. One of them that came up in conversation a lot was the əʊ sound in "home" she mispronounces it by using the ɒ sound saying h-om rather than h-oh-m. This might be due to the connection of the m sound to the vowel sound as I didn't spot it too much in other areas of her speech.
Either way, Marta used a lot of intermediate to advanced vocabulary and expressions that natives use regularly so I highly recommend studying them closely. You can do this more efficiently with the manually edited transcript, the full glossary and flashcards that I made just for you 😜. Check them out in the Premium Podcast or Academy!
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Psychologist by education, HR & Global Mobility professional by experience & an expat by choice.
Given her corporate background as well as expertise in effective intercultural communication and cultural adaptation, she decided to share her knowledge and experiences through a blog, Project Abroad.
The blog became her expat project through which she is helping professional expats get more confident and comfortable in their new culture, so that they can build successful international careers and lives.
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