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Podcast Idea: Lesson on Accents

Posted by generalzod March 14, 2008 in the Group General Discussion.

Just an idea for an upper intermediate (?) podcast: accents. When I say "accents" I mean the Mandarin accents of native speakers. Since probably 70% of Chinese don't really speak "standard" Mandarin, it would be helpful to showcase the regional differences in accent and pronunciation.  In the real world, most Chinese don't speak CCTV Mandarin -- just as people in Boston or Mississippi don't speak CNN English. Maybe you could have three different speakers with different accents read the same text, etc.

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