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Pronunciation is a key part of any language learning, but it also one of the most difficult. This is because there may be very subtle sounds between phonemes that may sound completely different to a native speaker than to a non-native speaker. One example would be the \"r\" sound to a Japanese person learning English. As is fairly common knowledge, the Japanese have difficulty telling the difference between the \"l\" sound and the \"r\" sound. This would of course lead to some confusion, especially with word pairs like \"pilot/pirate\", \"long/wrong\", and various other combinations.
Thankfully, there are many tools to help with this. One of these is the International Phonemic Alphabet, but it does have its limits. For one, it merely approximates the pronunciation. The actual pronunciation may differ depending on the accent of the speaker, and context. For this reason, the teacher must take a more proactive role, and demonstrate to the student proper pronunciation. This can be done via diagrams, modeling with the mouth, or various other tools and methods.
As a final note, the teacher must introduce the student to everyday occurrences in spoken speech such as liaisons, sound changes, and even sound drops, amongst a myriad of different vocal changes.