I have noticed that ESL (English as a Second Language) speakers usually have a perfectly adequate vocabulary. They demonstrate their excellent command of it with their ability to speak quickly. What makes them incomprehensible, difficult to understand or tiring to listen to is their accents. English language schools would do better to focus 75% of the time on accurate pronunciation. People can easily pick up new vocabulary later on their own. In contrast, without instruction, their pronunciation will never improve. In addition, accurate pronunciation is the key to better jobs and better social acceptance.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)