E aqui está a quarta e última parte da entrevista com o professor Steve Ford (ouça a Parte 1, a Parte 2 e a Parte 3). Eu coloquei a transcrição logo abaixo e você pode também baixar o mp3 e o
PDF. Aqui Steve responde mais uma pergunta sobre ensino de fonética nos cursos de inglês e dá seu conselho final aos brasileiros aprendendo inglês.
Ouça a quarta parte da entrevista aqui mesmo:
Transcrição da entrevista
Yesterday I watched, yeah I watched the last few videos, the last few
Peppy videos, I remember… I think it was 25?… Where you
accidentally barged into, like, a photo shoot with a nude model, that
was really funny. I was like, what’s going on? Is this a nude model?
Wait, is this Steve’s video?
know, I got distracted for a moment, and when my eyes went back to
the video… OK, what’s going on here? That was really funny.
Great, I’m glad you liked it.
So Steve, here’s another question that I got from Twitter. Aline is
asking ‘Why aren’t phonetics and syllable division taught in English
OK. In some English courses they are. For example, the student I was
referring to (in part 3), who is now living in Toronto, he’s
from Brazil… We were talking about this the other day, that in fact
he did learn the phonetics and he also learned some strategies for
learning how to pronounce closed and open vowel sounds in English.
it not taught in all courses? I have a few ideas, and, you know,
after teaching English for seventeen years I think it’s because the
language, the phonetic symbols… is almost like a completely
we’re teaching English and then, that’s already a challenge to teach
to the students and when you have to use the phonetic alphabet…
which, by the way, in different dictionaries, the phonetic alphabet
can have variations… So it’s not necessarily a universal phonetic
alphabet. So that has created some difficulty for teaching it.
think that students perhaps are already trying to learn English so
when they have to learn the phonetic alphabet, it’s too much. Yeah, I
tried… I think that another problem is that there are so many
exceptions with regard to phonetics and spelling rules in English
that… teachers just don’t bother to do it, it’s too complicated.
wonderful idea and I think it would be nice if they put accents above
the word stress, just like they do in Portuguese. I think that would
help students a lot. And, who knows? You wait, maybe in a future
Peppy video I will start to do that.
That would be fun to watch… You guys being funny with phonetics?
Yeah, you throw me anything and I’ll try to make it funny.
And, how about syllable division? Any comments?
Syllable division? Clap your hands. I think that’s the best way to do
it. As you are saying the word, clap your hands. If you’re saying
‘important’, just clap your hands: important, and you can clap the
number of times… And that can help you, especially when using
comparative adjectives, yeah.
OK, very practical. Thank you. OK, I think one last question I always
ask the person I am interviewing is… Any final tips to Brazilian
students, to Brazilian people who are learning English? If you had
to, if you could give them just one takeaway, what would it be?
That it is very important to have fun learning English. My wife is
reminding me of one thing, that actually the part about clapping your
hands and the syllables and all of that… is actually going to be in
So, sorry, your question was about…
Any final tips that… if you had to give only one tip, one final tip
to Brazilian learners, particularly… having known Brazil…
OK. Yes, Brazilians, listen up! Brazilians, you can do it. You can
learn English. And my two pieces of advice for you are, first, try to
learn English and love it. Try to associate English with things that
you like. If it’s watching television programs and movies, fantastic.
Listening to music, and trying to understand the lyrics, or the words
of the song, great. You can do that too.
important to have a little bit of discipline. I know a lot of people
hate grammar. I know many students don’t even like Portuguese grammar
in terms of studying it. But it is important to have some grammar to
give you some structure and some self-confidence when you’re
speaking. I think it’s important to have a balance of discipline and
Thank you Steve, that was great advice.
Yeah, I mean that from the bottom of my heart, you know. I think
that… And Brazilians have so much potential, they’re such
risk-takers, they know how to take risks and when learning a
language, I mean, that’s fundamental you know? Like you’re willing to
Thank you. Well everybody, that’s all for today. This was Ana, from
inglesonline.com.br talking to Steve Ford. Again, his page on YouTube
is youtube.com/privateenglishportal. And you also have your own
website, right Steve?
Do you wanna say the URL?
Sure, yes. You can actually go to either privateenglishportal.com or,
if you don’t want to type that much you can go to mypeppy.com so,
That’s easy. OK, that’s m-y-p-e-p-p-y dot com.
That’s right, that’s right. M, y, p as in Peter, e, p as in Peter, p
as in Peter, y dot com.
Excellent. Thank you once again Steve, and…
You’re welcome, it was my pleasure.
Hope to keep watching your funny videos.. and say hello to Leda.