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editor2Dear Tania

I first studied English at secondary school thirty years ago. I am now on a refresher course as I have changed job and need to use English in my work.

My school teacher taught me to pronounce English in a certain way. For example, "hat" to rhyme with "let" and "cap" to rhyme with "step". However, my current teacher, who's from teh UK, pronounces such words (for instance, map, tap, cat and sat) in a rather flat way which emphasizes the "a" sound of the word. When she says the word "bath", the sound is flat and seems closer to "fat" rather than "heart" (which is how I was taught to say it). I am concerned to speak English as correctly as possible. Should I follow my new teacher's style of pronunciation?

Yours faithfully

Jack Nguyen

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