Learning a language is hard. You have to consider thousands of new words, countless new grammatical relations, and then derivations and inflections of words based on where they are in a sentence or how they’re used. Simply put, it is a complex task. For those who enjoy learning new languages, that’s part of the thrill. In a lot of ways, it’s like building a puzzle or solving a math problem, and the exhilaration that comes from the experience is well worth it. But there is one part of the equation that does not have to be as difficult as it sometimes seems: pronunciation.

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