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English with Kirsty – episode 223

Isabelle Cottenet on pronunciation tips and the use of music in language learning

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Isabelle and I met on LinkedIn after she was a guest on my friend Rita Gonçalves’ “The Language Worker” podcast. Isabelle is a Pronunciation Coach & Marketing Translator from English and German into French for the Tech and Cyber security industry.

Isabelle has a site about her translation work and another about her pronunciation work, which is coming out soon. I will add the link to this page when it’s available.

This is how Isabelle introduces herself:

“I’m Isabelle Cottenet, a French pronunciation coach and translator.
I help non native French speakers master the rhythms and sounds of the language to sound clear and confident in French.

I’ve been delving into the relationship between languages and music for over 20 years.

Today, I use a combination of tools drawn from my background in linguistics, phonetics, music, and vocal technique to create an enjoyable, efficient and supportive journey into French pronunciation for my students.

I offer individual and group online classes focused on phonetics and pronunciation.

I work with interpreters, translators, language instructors, but also corporate professionals, freelancers, individuals, and singers who want to improve their French pronunciation and be better understood.”

We talked about:

  • Isabelle’s work as a pronunciation coach
  • How Isabelle uses music to help students to develop their pronunciation skills
  • What does the word pronunciation actually mean?
  • Tips for improving your pronunciation in an additional language
  • Why you need to be good at listening if you want to speak well

Whether you’re learning English or another language, have a think about these tips and which ones you can encorporate into your own learning practices.

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This is where you can connect with Isabelle on LinkedIn.

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