[LMB] Can anybody on the list read Korean?

Eric Oppen ravenclaweric at gmail.com
Tue Nov 15 00:34:37 GMT 2016

I'm Anglophone, and didn't have much trouble with the tonal properties of
Mandarin.  However, I do have a very good ear and am a gifted mimic when I
want to be, which helped a lot.

On Mon, Nov 14, 2016 at 5:52 PM, Marc Wilson <marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk> wrote:

> On Sun, 13 Nov 2016 17:29:15 -0500, Fred Smith
> <fredex at fcshome.stoneham.ma.us> wrote:
> >
> >
> >It is common that Koreans who haven't had training in phonetic english
> >cannot pronounce an 'r', and it comes out as an 'l' sound instead.
> >(similar phenomena affect 'f'-sounds, and there are probably others I
> >was aware of when I was there--45 years ago--but can't recall now.)
> I read somewhere (New Scientist, perhaps?) that newborns have a very
> wide range of perception of vocal sounds, but the ones that are not
> relevant are "pruned" during brain development.  It's accordingly much
> harder to learn to perceive differences that don't matter to the phoneme
> map of the language(s) you do speak.
> The boot is on the other foot when it comes to Anglophones trying to
> learn tonal languages, or African languages where clicks form part of
> the range of significant sounds.
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