The importance of proper pronunciation should not be underestimated

Atlantic editor Ta-Nehisi Coates blogs about his efforts to learn French, and he writes that learning a new language properly starts with understanding the sounds its alphabet makes. He highlights the argument of another writer that a language learner still would communicate effectively with native speakers, if the learner has poor pronunciation. Coates suggests going through the International Phonetic Alphabet for English, then doing the same for a new language.

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