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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 16, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Speech specialist helps foreigners smooth the of their HOI IS TO W A tM 1A HOUSTON AP Speech specialist Debbie Abramson battles against the rolled Rs of Spanish and Russian the sometimes slngsongy speech of Asians and the emphasis on wrong syllables dogging many who use English as a second Her mostly profes work to minimize their foreign accents as part of advancing careers and communicating better with Americans The deciding factor is how much people want to make says Carol spokeswoman for the We dont feel that in 13 weeks youll sound like Walter Since about people have been Instructed at the Foreign Ac cent Retraining Program at the University of Texas Health Science Center One alumnus is Alex a Soviet refusenik who learned English in later using it mostly to read technical engineer ing manuals following his emigration to Shortly after arriving in the United States as an engineering stu dent in Shapiro realized how strong his accent was How long have you been leaving Libertarian urges legal drug usage AUSTIN A1 Texans looking for a solution to prisoncrowding pro blems should push for legalized drugs instead of voting to build more a Libertarian Part official says Illegal drugs are as available as ever iur prisons are not bin enough lor all the pushers and UMTS New prisons and jails cannot be bull fast enough to hold said clary Johnson the partys Texas sevretary Johnson held a Monday news con erence to urge Texans to vole against Proposition which would authorize Sjou million in bonds or projects such as prisons and Pro position which would create pro perty tax districts for local jails Both are on the Nov 3 ballot State leaders say the proposed con stitutional amendments arv needed to pay or new prisons to house the growing inmate population and com pl w Hh a federal court order Johnson said that as long as drug use is illegal the street price of drugs will remain so high that addicts will to rob and steal to support their halms Legalizing drugs would reduce the price or drugs and cut the crime he said Instead of building more prisons Texas should stop locking up peaceful citizens for ac Uvitits The first step to solve prison overcrowding is to legalize vic especially drug he said luw enforcement is making a effort to catch seize hauls and stop smugglers Successful busti are reported almost daily Hut government cannot stop drugs any more than it could stop Johnson added He said the continued incarcera tion of druglaw lolalors means criminals who posxa greater threat to society are released rum prison Drug abuse siiould IKtreated like alcoholism The law slmuld deal with reckless behavior like driving while but not mere xissession or moderate uv of recreational tlnigs 1osMsMon of ro came USD or heroin should IKas legal as possession o a sixpack of he said The war on drugs is Hiugs Johnson said here Shapiro recalls asking dur ing a visit to a new friends apart He meant to ask when his friend moved but his accent distorted the They both After 13 weeks of two halfhour classes per Shapiros speech is more understandable to but still carries an un mistakable Russian Its like piano you prac tice all the he There is still a long way to He practices by listening to the radio and doing but says his early Knglish instruction in Russia from a nonnative English speaker has been difficult to Yazid an Iranian political science learned English in Iran before attending Rice Universi He said the training center helped him in ways that American friends often couldnt and has cor rected him in he techniques of The kinds of mistakes I make are not detected by my said They cant identify the source of the If I couldnt communicate as well I can that would seriously affect said who wants to be a professor or In teaching or these are serious Vietnamese refugee Oanh Ta came to the United States 12 years She is a certified social worker and substitute kindergarten She wants to offer seminars to groups on the refugee experience in but says a strong accent can hinder her presentations effec If 1 talk they cannot understand Ta The first thing for presentation is the skill of of If I want to share my ideas and no one understands there is no use for my she The program made me far more confident about While virtually all nonnative speakers have to struggle in learn ing Americanstyle their difficulties says Students from Spanishspeaking countries often have trouble with Rs and while Chinesespeakers find voice modulation and intonation affecting the meaning of spoken Chinese is not so important in Abramson Spanish and Viet namese speakers all seem to share difficulty with the long and short Is of such as in living and she For lessening a strong accent has led to better communica tion with but hes also found the accent problem to be a twoway When he arrived in he found the American Boston accent hard to Southern ac cents also gave him but he has since 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