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Advanced French Phonetics

December 24, 2012

Boyman, Anne Silver_nugget
Advanced French Phonetics

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I LOVE ANNE. You absolutely should take her class. Not just this class either. You should take all of her classes.

What's really great about this class in particular though is that it will perfect your french pronunciation. Does this sound hard? Even impossible? It's not. And Anne is just the professor to do it. She creates sort of a "safe space" environment unintentionally. That is to say that yes she will correct your pronunciation in front of the whole class (OMG 9 WHOLE PEOPLE), but that happens to everyone. EVERYONE. So it's fine. It's in no way humiliating, and it helps the other students hear mistakes (which is sort of the first step towards perfect pronunciation.) Really this class is like first grade phonetics. But you're in college. So I think you can handle it, whoever you are.

And now a short list of things that are great about Anne:

--She's the sweetest teacher ever
--She switches between English and French, so if something isn't clear to you in French, she'll explain it in English
--She speaks SUPER clearly, exaggerating sounds so that you start to get a really good sense of what words you've always been mispronouncing without knowing it actually sound like
--She just an all-around baller

Workload:

Very light. Anne thinks it's a lot of work. No.....
Some short transcription (i.e.: when you write out the sounds phonetically in IPA) worksheets, a midterm (easy), and final (easy). I think if you are doing well on the worksheets you'll be fine for the final/midterm. And either way, Anne will make sure you're prepared.

February 07, 2011

Boyman, Anne Silver_nugget
Advanced French Phonetics

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This class was insanely easy. That's not to say I didn't learn a ton. I came into this class thinking my accent was pretty good, but Professor Boyman taught me the ins and outs of proper pronunciation and transcription. This class can be fun at times (talking about nasals and learning funny words from the extremely silly textbook) and utterly boring at other times (les dialogues). If you take this class, it's an easy A and you will improve your pronunciation dramatically. Be aware, however, that Professor Boyman will rip your pronunciation apart. She doesn't mean to be rude or anything; she just wants to help.

Workload:

Weekly exercises at the language lab (I didn't go once and I got an A), occasional transcription exercises, a midterm (pay attention to "mode croissant," "l'accent tonique," and the other concepts introduced in class--it's not just transcription), and a final, which is pretty much just transcription.

June 14, 2007

Boyman, Anne Silver_nugget
Advanced French Phonetics

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This is the most practical and useful French class I've taken at Columbia. Grammar classes are a must if you want to be fluent, but this class improves your French accent and pronunciation ten times over. The class is all phonetic exercises and drills, but it's not a lot of work. Professor Boyman assigns one sheet of 15-20 sentences for you to transcribe into phonetic symbols (which she'll teach you and spend the whole semester drilling into you), and then you spend the whole class discussing and practicing pronunciation. I really recommend this class. Be warned that Professor Boyman is very blunt and she will pick your accent apart, but it's all to help you perfect it. She will pick on EVERYONE--not just you, and the class is small so you'll be chummy with everyone. Take her comments in stride, and you'll learn a lot from her.

Workload:

Phonetic exercises for every class. A midterm and a final.

December 17, 2006

Boyman, Anne Silver_nugget
Advanced French Phonetics

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She's laid-back yet serious about improving your pronunciation and overall French. Her attitude may be a bit obnoxious at times, but overall she is very agreeable. She really connects with her students and knows how to help us learn most efficiently. Amazing professor.

Workload:

Really light.

December 24, 2004

Boyman, Anne Silver_nugget
Advanced French Phonetics

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This is a great class to take to improve your pronunciation. Although at first it feels like we focus way too much on transcription, it's actually very helpful. The course load is light but you should definitely keep up and make sure you know the rules. It's an easy b but not as easy of an A as you'd expect. Boymann is really excited about teaching you how to pronounce your nasals, which is pretty cool because otherwise you'd be bored to tears. She's very understanding of people's problems and criticizes in a way that's helpful without making you feel stupid.

Workload:

some transcription exercises and language lab practices, shouldn't take more than two or three hours a week, a midterm and a final with just transcriptions

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