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Monday, June 05, 2006

Hearing English accurately


During my last participation in a skypecast, someone introduced me to a skypecaster who actually gives English lessons online.

So I spotted his skypecast and participated just to listen to the guy. His nickname is heronstone, and as I listened to his skypecast I was amazed for yet another time about the vastness and the global information that the internet provides.

He actually does this, presently for free but he will charge in the future. In order to take up a student, the student must dedicate at least 10 hours a week to English learning.
It's not actually an English grammar course. It's learning to hear English accurately and thus reproduce it accurately as well.
He sends some audio files, quite a lot of them, in mp3, and the student is writing down in vocal alphabet what he hears. "Listen and write" is the system. The files consist of 2, 3, 5 or 8 phonemes each. The student could occupy 100 hours to correctly put them down in paper, or even 300 or 400. As much time as needed. He charges only for upload costs and that's it.

My point is that, Internet can offer enormous possibilities for someone to get informed, learn, create, share knowledge and all kinds of stuff. Let's hope that this kind of initiatives will grow up and mature in the future.


Almost approved by Heronstone :)

2 Comments:

Blogger Grimdal said...

Το πρόβλημα με το ίντερνετ περικλείεται σε μια φράση: "Όπου ακούς πολλά κεράσια κράτα+μικρό καλάθι".

Δυστυχώς, είναι τέτοια η ελευθεριότητα που δεν ξέρεις αν αυτό που διαβάζεις, ακούς, βλέπεις είναι αλήθεια ή όχι.

Το ότι είναι ένα από τα καλύτερα εργαλεία πληροφόρησης δεν αμφισβητείται αλλά πρέπει οι πηγές να είναι αξιόπιστες+έγκυρες.

Monday, June 05, 2006 11:18:00 PM  
Blogger Wanderer said...

Σίγουρα αγαπητέ.
Άλλωστε όπως έχω ξαναπεί, ζούμε σε έναν κόσμο που η αμφιβολία και η αμφισβήτηση κυριαρχούν σε κάθε μικρή ή μεγάλη πτυχή της καθημερινότητας.

Monday, June 05, 2006 11:21:00 PM  

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