Passage II Misunderstanding Task: find out the 3 cases of misunderstanding and misunderstood words in each case. You are going to tell us your answers next time / later
Case Study Assumed words Case 1 There’s a bum in the restroom. Actual words There’s a bomb in the restroom. Consequence driver radioing police police searching bus highway closed 15-mile-traffice jam Case 2 Ockland (CA, US) Auckland (New Zealand) got on a wrong flight (See the last sentences) Case 3 Did you get up late? Did you get a plate. Confused
Why misunderstood? Assumed words Case 1 There’s a bum in the restroom. Actual words There’s a bomb in the restroom. Case 2 Ockland (CA, US) Auckland (New Zealand) Case 3 Did you get up late?Did you get a plate. More (para4) Did you say seventy or seventeen? Did you say you can come or you can’t?
How to avoid (this sort of) misunderstanding Intonation Pronunciation More examples: Ar diz man zuh temp tu wim pru van nay cher (mp3 00:43—00:47 )(mp3 00:43—00:47 ) What did you hear? ---Art is man’s attempt to improve on nature. ---Are these man’s attempts to improve on nature?
intonation Bad intonation: flat, mechanical, unhappy, negative, misleading Good intonation: (not great) Musical, passionate, positive, effective Word connections make the high way for the language to drive through, and intonation is the musical notes of this “singing” language. Pronunciation alone makes only half of this language.
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