看護3年(7月17日)講義の感想

昨日は、両クラスとも、残りのグループの「音読テスト」でした。声の大きな人が少なかったのが残念です。声量がある程度ないと、英語のメリハリのある子音は発音できないことが多いので、これは3年生の皆さんの一生の課題かもしれません。例を挙げると、語末の子音群(consonant clusters)を甘く見ている学生が多かったです。先ず、動詞編で練習してみましょう。

The remaining groups from each class sat for the reading test yesterday. It is pity that only a few students actually read the passages with strong voice. In order to pronunce each English consonant properly, it is often the case that you really need to speak up. Perhaps this needs to be borne in mind for the rest of your life. To give you an example, during the reading test, many of you seemed to underestimate the importance of consonant clusters at the final position of each word.  Typical examples using some of the verbs are as follows:

1) helps
2) catches
3) pushes
4) cuts
5) takes

1)-5) では、語末に子音が2つ連続しています。この子音を連続して発音するには、(1)声量が十分あること、(2)子音を連続して発音するときに、最初の音と次の音への「移行」をスムーズに行うこと、(3)それぞれの子音を明瞭に発音すること、がポイントになります。

The examples (1) to (5) all have common features: they all end in consonant clusters. In order to get right the pronunciation of these consonant clusters, you need to observe the following:

(1) maintain the sufficient volume of your voice

(2) the transition from the first to the second consonant should be seamless when pronuncing two consonants in succession

(3) each consonant in the consonant clusters should be pronunced clearly with an equal strength.

「平均的な日本人の英語話者は、話すときに子音群をおざなりにしているので、メリハリのない英語の音になりがちなため、話し相手が理解しにくくなる」というのが、私の個人的な見解です。

I have always felt that the average Japanese speaker of English often neglects the importance of consonant clusters when speaking in English, and hence making their utterances less clear and intelligible to the listener.

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