Prof. Matsusaka of Waseda University gave a special lecture under the title of “English sounds and Japanese sounds” yesterday. Let me tell you my impression about it.
There are two things I learned from the lecture. For one thing, I was so surprised to know that there are a couple of ways of producing consonants such as “r”, “f”, and “th”. In particular, how to pronounce “r” was an eye-opener to me because the way was different from the one I knew of (having said so, I now remember UG-sensei has already given us two forms of articulating "r".
Another thing that I learned lied in the way the professor talked. He used his personal episodes with some poses inserted very effectively and also asked a plenty of questions to attract the audience. With these techniques of presentation, it was much easier for us to focus on what he was trying to get across.