|Originally posted by Lira |
I believe most of us are, specially because it's quite difficult to find a teacher that cares about pronunciation... and English has way more vowels than your average language (same as Portuguese, but there's little overlapping).
The really weird thing I noticed recently is how many Brazilians seem unable to see the difference between "cow" and "call" just because of the spelling (and our tendency to turn a final "l" into a "w", so pervasive that even in my own head I say "finaw"). It had never occurred to me that these words could even sound alike...
As a linguist, I don't think my opinion counts
Hard to break some habits; I've heard that after a certain amount of time you actually become unable to HEAR certain pronounciations-- I read that Japanese can't actually hear the difference between L & R for example... This might be total bullshit, and I don't have a source, so CORRECTIFWRONG!
English is just a crazy language; its a mongrel, slapped together randomly from too many different and conflicting languages-- I'm so glad I don't have to study it; I think it would be realllllyy hard since the rules are so complicated... Japanese is so great- Grammar is simple, and you SAY the grammar, so there's no moments (less at least)!