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Arabic /R/ - correct pronunciation in Modern Standard Arabic

Both of these teachers are teaching for purposes of tajwid, or proper Qur'anic recitation. It's arguable whether that would be considered the source for "correct MSA." In terms of MSA, you ...
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Arabic /R/ - correct pronunciation in Modern Standard Arabic

The phoneme is [r] and sometimes depending on the prevoius sound and/or talking speed can become its allophone, which I cannot write here because it does not recognise the character. But sounds quite ...
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Arabic /R/ - correct pronunciation in Modern Standard Arabic

Both are correct. One describes modern use and the other one liturgical "ancient"/"classical" use, that sometimes is also used by very old people in certain communities.
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Native English speakers: worse understanding of other accents?

"Wa gwaan, people?" :) [clue: Jamaican patois] (I know, this is not just an accent, it is patois but it helps to make my point about exposure and experience.) I heard this in a TV series ...
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Native English speakers: worse understanding of other accents?

What is your native language? As a native english speaker born and raised in the midwest, I have a hard time understanding him. I wonder if some of the sounds may be more similar to the normal ...
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Native English speakers: worse understanding of other accents?

There are numerous fields of research on English dialects. A particular issue is that dialects change over time, so resources such as this one are very useful. Going further back in time, we are ...
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Native English speakers: worse understanding of other accents?

A lot depends on who you've mostly spoken English with, and how close their accent is to your own. To my ears, at least, English with a Russian accent sounds more similar to a Scottish accent than to ...
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Native English speakers: worse understanding of other accents?

I want to address things from the opposite front than the other answers. You seem to believe that non-native speakers have a better facility for understanding accents than native English speakers. ...
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Native English speakers: worse understanding of other accents?

Note, the given example is from a chat show that occasionally borders upon being comedic in nature. Lily Tomlin and Kevin Bridges are comedians - Chris Hemsworth and Graham Norton are Australian and ...
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Native English speakers: worse understanding of other accents?

Lily Thomlin is a comedian. She's playing the supposed difficulty of understanding the accents as a joke. If you pay attention, she laughs quite appropriately to the jokes the others make. When ...
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Native English speakers: worse understanding of other accents?

The first thing to consider is that this is a comedy show, and Lily Tomlin is a comedian. The second is that US speakers of English don't have a lot of exposure to UK accents, especially those most-...
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