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Pronunciation Problems for spanish SpeakersWhen I first arrived in Spain, I was dozing during siesta and heard voices but could not make out specific words. In that semi-conscious state I felt as though the language had a shape. I could tell it was english: it sounded rectangular, compared to the roundness of spanish. I believe this feeling of shape was due largely to the rhythm but also the individual sounds, and perhaps the intonation. A native spanish speaker and expert in english pronunciation give these tips for improving english pronunciation: don't open the mouth as much, don't spread or round the lips much, and relax the mouth - except for the tongue. The writer hints that english speakers seem to swallow words or mumble, and that the jaws are close together with cheeks loose (1). (This coincides with a talk I recently heard on the BBC about the characteristics of the Queen's speech, by a voice coach, Penny Dyer (2). Ms. Dyer explained the lack of opening of the Queen's mouth and the historical aristocratic belief that it was vulgar to open or move the mouth very much; hence, the “stiff upper lip”). Research shows that intonation and rhythm are more important for overall communication than individual