Is it important for the language learners to understanding the anatomy of their mouth?
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It's important for language learners to be conscientious of their mouth's anatomy as different languages have different phonemes. When we are born we are capable of producing every phoneme in linguistic existence but as we learn our native tongue we lose the ability to (readily) produce certain phonemes that we do not use. For that reason it's fundamentally important to learn possible new ways of forming, shaping and using our mouth and tongue from that which comes naturally to us as adults in order to reproduce new phonemes from a 2nd, 3rd or 4th language! The more languages you know the easier it gets to learn more and the easier it is to reproduce different phonemes across different languages. :)
In short, Nope. But it is fun and useful with advanced students. It's a science unto itself. It can make people self-conscious. But it is good to focus on something to improve by referring to tongue teeth and throat etc - in my experience. People will naturally copy sounds, like when someone 'pretends' to put on a posh accent.
Yes, the internal structures are vital parts of mouth for speech production. Each has a unique role, especially when forming specific sounds and tones in different languages. For a language learner, understanding these parts can be transformative.
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Yes, pronunciation and phonics include the movement of the mouth and tongue!
Yes, it can be important for language learners to have a basic understanding of the anatomy of their mouth, especially for mastering pronunciation and improving oral communication skills.