Since you cannot compare with any words you have just heard, this requires that you have a clear idea of their pronunciation a so-called internal representation. By comparing the last word to the first two words in your acoustic memory and choosing one, you learn what distinguishes them. That is why your exercise results are logged and stored anonymously. Thanks for making it! Note that the browser is not allowed to access the microphone on an iPhone or iPad.

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CALST – Frequently asked questions – NTNU

Acknowledgements History Financial support. Some people are better able to put the filter out of play than others. Therefore, writing exercises help you to learn the relationship between sounds and letters in the language that you are learning.

Be a part of the language learning community, and help to solve the puzzle of language learning. Note that the browser is not allowed to access the microphone on an iPhone or iPad.

Chinese for instance allows only nasal consonants as in kin and king at the end of a syllable. Language learners may simplify the clusters, substitute some sounds, add an e- at the beginning or insert a vowel into the cluster to break it up into two syllables; finally, we can reorder the consonants in the cluster.

This is called a discrimination task. Pronunciation is a skill Are you learning a new language, and do you want to work more on your pronunciation? You can take the exercises several times, with different exercise material each time you take the exercises except for the intonation exercises. Are you learning a new language, and do you want to work more on your pronunciation?


One for all and all for one There are still many unsolved questions in language learning. Learners with different native languages meet different challenges.

But you can choose one dialect which you want to learn to speak. For example, some sounds may be easy to pronounce at the beginning of a word, but is not allowed calat the end of a word in your native language: We are dependent on external funding for the implementation of exercises in English and in other languageswhich is hard to obtain.


By registering you allow your results to be logged, so that they can be used to improve CALST and to tailor the exercises for other learners with the same ntu language. Acknowledgements History Financial support.

But even a sound that you have in your native language can be hard to pronounce. Practice, practice, practice is best done outside ca,st the classroom — as long as you remember to use what you have learnt in real conversations.

If a speech sound does not occur in your language, you have to learn it. In their everyday use of the language, people speak their own dialect. You can download Chrome for free to your device.

Frequently asked questions

We advise users to take these exercises on any other device including an Apple laptop. How do the exercises work?


So even known sounds may be difficult in positions where they do not usually occur in your native language. Language courses often pay little attention to pronunciation, because learning the motor skills for new articulations requires repetition.

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A good pronunciation will make it easier for your conversation partner to understand you, and will help you make a positive first impression, be it in social settings or in a job interview.

We hope to add calt exercises in future, though. Japanese, on the other hand, only allows syllables consisting of a single consonant followed by a vowel. In the first exercise you hear two very similar words, followed by a repetition of one of these cslst. Once you have learned to hear the sounds or other properties, like word stress correctly, you are ready to pronounce them.

Finally, it can be hard to know how words that you hear htnu written. And if a sound is not a problem in one language, you will not get exercises for it in another language you learn later.

Word stress, lexical accents and intonation are prosodic properties. This is quite natural, actually. Registered users can see the results from all the exercises they have taken.

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