Enable contrast version

Tutor profile: Pat H.

Inactive
Pat H.
English as a Second Language AND Conversational French Teacher
Tutor Satisfaction Guarantee

Questions

Subject: TOEFL

TutorMe
Question:

The TOEFL test is a preparation of what standard of English?

Inactive
Pat H.
Answer:

TOEFL is a standardized recognized test to measure the reading, listening, speaking, and writing ability of Grade 12 foreign student's English levels, who are wanting to attend a University in an English speaking country. Preparing for the TOEFL exam for high school students is a stressful affair, with concentrated effort going into, particularly the ability of the foreign student to understand and converse in English adequately . The stringent test evaluates the ability of the student to understand and participate in higher level education environments, in the English world.

Subject: French

TutorMe
Question:

How different are the challenges of people learning to speak French coming from different cultures and other languages.

Inactive
Pat H.
Answer:

The English, Italian or Spanish speaker will each have different challenges in pronouncing French words. The romance language speakers will find it easier to mouth many French words as many of these sounds are already used by them. An example is the Italians who will find it extremely difficult to sound the French 'r' which is at the base of the tongue, whereas their 'r' is easy to make with the tip of the tongue at the front of the mouth, like the English speaker's 'r'. The Spanish speaker will use a great deal of the 'guttural G' sound where this is not found in French. The problem there is that both the French 'r' and the Spanish 'j' are made in the same area of the base of the tongue and throat, but using different muscles to produce slightly different sounds. The English speaker has many French words in their vocabulary but possibly more Germanic/Saxon sounds as well. The English also find it difficult to sound the guttural 'R' of the French language. All non-French speakers will have great difficulty with not pronouncing the entire word of what they are reading, as French has many silent letters in their words.

Subject: English as a Second Language

TutorMe
Question:

How does a non-English speaker hear English for the first time?

Inactive
Pat H.
Answer:

A non-English speaker will hear English for the first time as a jumble of sounds that often he or she does not possess in their language. It could be the surprise of a guttural 'G' that comes from the back of the throat. It could be the strange way the English speaker puts their tongue near their teeth and blows through their teeth making a 'th' sound....a sound foreign to many. Or it could be the tongue hitting the palate of the mouth, and vibrates from the throat, making the 'l' sound. Or the quick flapping of the tongue against the palate and the front teeth, making the sound of a motor-bike....the rolling 'r'. All sounds that need to be learnt and the mouthing of the words should be practiced, by foreign speakers, to be perfected.

Contact tutor

Send a message explaining your
needs and Pat will reply soon.
Contact Pat

Request lesson

Ready now? Request a lesson.
Start Lesson

FAQs

What is a lesson?
A lesson is virtual lesson space on our platform where you and a tutor can communicate. You'll have the option to communicate using video/audio as well as text chat. You can also upload documents, edit papers in real time and use our cutting-edge virtual whiteboard.
How do I begin a lesson?
If the tutor is currently online, you can click the "Start Lesson" button above. If they are offline, you can always send them a message to schedule a lesson.
Who are TutorMe tutors?
Many of our tutors are current college students or recent graduates of top-tier universities like MIT, Harvard and USC. TutorMe has thousands of top-quality tutors available to work with you.
BEST IN CLASS SINCE 2015
TutorMe homepage
Made in California by Zovio
© 2013 - 2021 TutorMe, LLC
High Contrast Mode
On
Off