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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 16, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Speech specialist helps foreigners smooth the edges of their accents HOUSTON (AP) Speech specialist Debbie Abramson battles against the rolled R s of Spanish and Russian speakers, the sometimes sing songy speech of Asians and the emphasis on wrong syllables dogging many who use English as a second language Her students, mostly proles sionals. 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 changes says Carol Wary as spokesw oman for the program We don t feel that in IT wracks you'll sound like Walter Cronkite " Since Is*K4 atjout Too people have t>een instructed at the Foreign Ac cent Retraining Program at the University of Texas Health Science Center One alumnus is Alex Shapiro a Soviet refusenik who learned English in Russia later using it mostly to read technical engineer ing manuals following his 1970 emigration to Israel Shortly after arming in the United States as an engineering sty dent in 1986 Shapiro realized how strong his accent was How long have you been leaving Libertarian urges legal drug usage Vt ''FIN AP Texans looking for a solution to prison crowding pro blems should push for legalized drugs instead of noting to build more prisons a latiertanan Party offn «. say s Illegal drug" are as av ai la) ie as ever our prisons are not big enough for all the pushers and users New prisons and jails cannot be built fast cTKHigh It' hold them sa ! Clary Johnson the party s Texas ms rotary Johnson held a Monday news c ’ fereme to urge Texans to vote against Proposition h which would authorize S »• mil I rh in bonds fur pro J ex Is >u< ti as prison* anil Pro pi>s)tKHI lk which would create pro perdy tax districts for lox a1 jai!" Both are on the Sox 3 ballot Mate leaders say the pn*p»tMs!» or Stltutamal arnerKtments are rassled to pay tor new prisons to house Die growing inmate populataM and com ply with a federal oxirt order Johnson said that as long a' drag us*- is illegal if*- street price of diugs wid remain si high that aldols wa. have to rot* and steal lo support their habits legalizing drugs would reduce tile pru e for trugs and cut the crime rate he said Instead of bu ding more prisons Texas should stop locking up peacefu. citizen* tor harmless a* tis dies The first step to solve prison overcrow ding s to legalize vn tunless crimes espex tally frug possession lie Mal I aw enforcement is making a valiant effort to catch pushers seize hauls and stop smugglers su- cevslui busts are reputtexl almost daily Hut government ( annot stop drugs any more than it *t«uid stop alcohol Johnson added lie said the continued uh arx era turn of drug law violators means criminals who fixe* a greater to sox ady are reie.tM**! from prison Drug abuse shx»uld be treated tike Alcoholism 11k* law should ileal with rn kiess tiehavior k»* driving while intoxicated but not mere possession or moderate Um* of rex frat tonal drugs Possess KHI of marijuana (X» I aine 1>D or heroin sis alit I la- as U-gai as possession of * sis \< s of t**er he said Die war OI drugs is over Dt ..g* won Johnson salt) here’’' ” Shapiro recalls asking (lur mg a visit to a new friend s apart ment He meant to ask when his friend moved in, hut his accent distorted the question They both laughed After 13 weeks of two half hour classes per week. Shapiro's speech is more understandable to Americans but still carries an un mistakable Russian inflection “It s like piano lessons you practice all the time he said There is still a long way to go ‘ He practices by listening to the radio and doing exercises but say s his early English instruction in Russia from a non native English speaker has been difficult to unlearn Yazid Majid, an Iranian political science student, learned English in Iran before attending Rice Universi tv He said the training center helped him in ways that American friends often couldn't and has cor reeded him in the techniques of speaking The kinds of mistakes I make are not detected by my friends," said Majid 32 ‘They can't identify the source of the problem "lf I couldn't communicate as well I can now that would seriously affect me,” said Ma]id. who wants to be a professor or academic "In teaching or writing, these are serious problems.’’ Vietnamese refugee Oanh Ta came to the United States 12 years ago She is a certified social worker and substitute kindergarten teacher She wants to offer seminars to groups on the refugee experience in America, but says a strong accent can hinder her presentation's effee liveness lf I talk funny they cannot understand me Ms Ta said "The first thing for presentation is the skill of talking of pronunciation "lf I want to share my ideas and no one understands me there ts no use for my presentation,' she said "The program made me far more confident about myself While virtually all non native speakers have to struggle in learn mg American style pronunciation their difficulties differ says Ms Abramson Students from Spanish-speaking countries often have trouble with [Us and V s. while Chinese speakers find voice modulation and intonation affecting the meaning of spoken C hinese is not so important in English. Ms Abramson said Russians Spanish and Viet namese speakers all seem to share difficulty with the "long and "short ' I s of English such as in "living ’ and "ivy." she said For Shapiro, lessening a strong accent has led to better commumca Hon with coworkers but he s also found the accent problem to he a two way street When he arrived in America, he found the American Boston accent hard to understand Southern accents also gave him trouble but he has since changed his mind I learned to like it because peo pie speak slow,” he said J** Sat Ceramics a Stained Glass •Greenware ‘Firing * Bisque •Maceo Paints ‘Stains Open: Tues thru Sat 9 a rn - 5 p rn. ESTIVAL VALUES h < I 11.99 Now ut Ii* all* iii "aving* i«) i-oh»r *hirt» in whit#*, bin*- <*r gr**v xx itll i r. *t * ( her sired *trq•••d *hirt* in nu al or red NI i**x* H-1H. I .*11.(11 indign or *iiiiicMi»xh«l denim *kirt* from ( herokee. 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