Your English 62 Computer Vocabulary
In a previous episode I suggested we all become "language snobs" in order to help each other learn foreign languages. The idea is to pronounce "borrowed" words as they are spoken in their language of origin. Actually, when I say "snob", I am only joking. I wish to promote above all a trend by which we show respect for other languages than our own. I believe this attitude encourages us to show even more respect for our own language by speaking it correctly. I hope you agree with me.
I provide some exercises to practice English words—related to the world of computer and the Internet—that are often used in other tongues. The script is found in the PDF download and also given below.
For advice about using the scripts for pair work in class, see Your English No. 1 and sample script.
Script: Your English No. 62 Computer Vocabulary
Hi. I’m Marianne Raynaud. My goal is to help you perfect your spoken English. If you really want to speak English well, we suggest you start at the very beginning of our list of podcasts and work through them systematically. If you happen to be a high intermediate to advanced learner you can choose to do only the episodes intended for your level. We also recommend the QualityTime-ESL Podcasts to help you perfect your oral grammar. This particular podcast may be much too easy for you, but still we hope you enjoy it.
In a previous episode I spoke about a new trend I wanted to promote—language snobbism. The idea is to deliberately pronounce English words with the accepted UK or US pronunciation even when we are speaking other languages. In that way young people will not have to relearn the pronunciation of these words when they start studying English. They will already have heard them in their own language. The theme of this episode is computer related vocabulary. Let’s get started.
Group 1 (Proper nouns of companies and products—Notice that the first syllable is the one that bears the stress.)
Listen and repeat.
Now I will say the first syllable, the one with the stress, and you will say the whole word putting the stress on the first syllable. Listen to the examples:
I say: Face
You say: FaceBook
I say: Twit
You say: Twitter
Now you go on in the say way.
Now onto another group. This time we will deal with computer vocabulary.
Group 2 (Computer terms. Notice that the stress is always on the first syllable.)
Here again by simply stressing the first syllable and pronouncing it correctly students will approach the authentic pronunciation. Listen and repeat.
Now I will say the first syllable, the one with the stress, and you will say the whole word we just practiced putting the stress on the first syllable. Be sure to speak before I give the answer. (See words above.)
Finally, the last set of words.
Group 3 (More computer terms. Notice that the stress is always on the first syllable.)
Listen and repeat.
In the final exercise I will again give the first syllable and you will say the complete word. Don’t forget the stress on that first syllable. (See words above.)
That’s the end of our podcast. Now when you use in your own language one of the words we worked on in this episode you will hopefully smile and pronounce it the English way. Who knows we could start a trend of “linguistic snobbism” to give credit to the language that created a word. Go to our website to get the script of this episode. To train even more try our other series “QualityTime-ESL” for oral grammar practice & “5 Minute TOPs” to have fun with quotes and song lyrics. Bye for now, and don’t forget to keep smiling.