It’s World Italian Language Week and my friend Giovanna, who is from Parma, was telling me how difficult it is for her to understand the difference and pronounce the words “thirty” and “forty” in English.
I’ve never given this a second thought, other than that certain languages have sounds which we don’t use in English. It’s true that English has sounds that other languages don’t use. It probably doesn’t help Giovanna that in London, some of us Londoners pronounce “th” as “f” (e.g. “toof” rather than “tooth”).
It will certainly make me more aware of my pronunciation, that’s for sure!
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