Mark Hancock’s Review of English after RP: Standard British Pronunciation Today written by Geoff Lindsey (2019)

Mark Hancock’s Review If you teach English pronunciation, you will know that most text books present a model which claims to be either standard American or standard British. The latter is often referred to as RP (Received Pronunciation), and is usually represented by a set of phonetic symbols chosen over half a century ago by A. C. Gimson. Geoff Lindsey makes the point that if a person speaks in exactly the way that these symbols indicate, they will sound comically old-fashioned. His new book English after RP sets out to describe they ways in which standard British has evolved away from RP. He suggests alternative phonetic symbols which would be more appropriate for modern Standard Southern British English, but he also recognises that the traditional set will not be changed overnight, given the number of text books still using them. If we are to stick with the symbols currently in use, we will need to avoid taking them at phonetic face value – the symbols no longer accurately describe the facts. Dharmendra Sheth’s response Thank you, Mark, for posting this thought provoking review of Lindsey’s book. Let me put in my two cents worth but with the caveat that I …

Dhunki, a Gujarati film, Review by Dharmendra Sheth

Hi Gujarati movie lovers, We watched a nice Gujarati film Dhunki this morning. Very good young actors, interesting music and lyrical, meaningful songs; no unnecessary fighting, tear-jerking and vulgarity. The film successfully portrays the struggles of a middle class boy while trying to start his own business following his Dhunki (=passion), and the subsequent upheavals in his relations with immediate friends and family. Many like me will relate to his journey towards becoming an entrepreneur. I won’t tell you much about the story because I want you to go to the cinema and watch the movie. The end could have been less abrupt and a little more positive. Pratik Gandhi stole the show with excellent acting. My rating 4/5.

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IELTS Edge Workshop on 21 July 2019 — Details

IELTS Edge A 3-hour workshop to learn how to prepare for IELTS and get the desired band score Contents Format and Assessment Criteria for General and Academic Modules, How to improve Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing Vocabulary, Grammar and Pronunciation Day, Date and Time Sunday, 21 July 2019, Morning 9 to 12 Venue Fluentlingua, UG 46, Ascon Plaza, Behind Bhulka Bhavan School, Anand Mahal Road, Surat (Gujarat) 395009 Fee Rs. 500/- How to register Please click the link "Register" on and fill in the form, and make the payment in advance–cash, cheque, PayTm (9825442418) or bank transfer. No on-the-spot registrations, please. Bank details for online payment Account Holder: Mr. Dharmendra Rameshchandra Sheth Account No: 03881000053595 Bank: HDFC bank Branch: Adajan Branch Code: 000388 RTGS/NEFT IFSC: HDFC0000388 Do please spread the word about this workshop! Thank you.

The Sounds of English

Hello everyone, Pronunciation matters! Yes. English Pronuciation plays a vital role in one’s career. Your speech is your identity. English being a language of commerce, industry and education across the globe, it is imperative that you improve your pronunciation in English. For non-native learners of English, it is important to adopt a model and then stick to it. This video is for those non-native learners or users of English who want to learn the phonemic transcription used in most dictionaries in the world, thereby improving the intelligibility of their speech. Ideally, we should work on Sounds, Word Stress, Rhythm and Intonation. However, this video is only for the sounds of English.The following information may help you. Standard British Pronunciation (called RP)Total 44 Sounds1) 24 Consonant Sounds2) 20 Vowel Sounds (12 pure vowels + 8 diphthongs) By the way, I am not a native speaker of English. So treat my pronunciations and suggestions as guidelines, not rules. My aim is to sensitise learners to this important aspect of speech. Best wishes,Dharmendra.