SAYING IT TWICE. When I was commuting to work by car, I often listened to Pimsleur tapes to try to learn more French and to improve my accent. The Pimsleur tapes have a lot of repetition of foreign phrases, and one characteristic of the Pimsleur method is that you repeat each foreign phrase twice. I think it’s a good method, and it gave me two chances to pronounce the phrase properly. Then when we got to France, Annalisa and Nick pointed out that whenever I used French—say, in talking to a waiter—I would say it once tentatively, and then a second time more forcefully.

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