"Just the way you speak, your English pronunciation, can determine and change the path of your life.”
Why English pronunciation matters more than you think.
Why bother? If can make myself understood.
This is a very common attitude I’ve heard from many clients , but I beg to differ. You can’t just say “communication is enough” and then regard pronunciation as something only for those truly interested.All mistakes in a language affects communication in some way. If you make one mistake in every sentence, you can probably get away with it, but since it’s very unlikely that your grammar, word choice and so on are all perfect, it makes sense to try to minimise the number of errors, including in pronunciation.
In Trevor Noah’s lastest comedy stand up show, Afraid of the dark, he dedicates the importance of accents.
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The mouth is a muscle just like any other in the body. We know that when we use our muscles we should warm up first. This short English pronunciation exercise uses hard consonants to warm up your mouth and will have you pronouncing and enunciating with ease all day long!
If you are an advanced English learner, you'll benefit significantly from having the subtler aspects of your English pronunciation 'tweaked' to sound the best you can. In today's competitive Globish world, it's always worth going that extra mile and stand out of the crowd.
Sadly, people will judge you on your accent. When your accent sounds fluent, but your grammar is not so great, people will think your English is excellent. However, if your grammar is amazing, but your accent is strong, people will think you can't speak English. And as unfair as it may seem, it could cost you opportunities.
Going that extra mile will require an objective and determination: You'll need at least a package of 10 lessons and time to do regular practice.
You have to realise that a tremendous amount of pronunciation work focuses on learning the IPA sounds, connected speech, intonation, word stress and sentence stress. Just learning the sounds individually and then learning them again in their reductions is a great feat.
There is much emphasis on distinguishing between individual sounds, minimal pairs. Such as /ʃɪp/ (ship) or /ʃi:p/ (sheep) and /tri:/ (tree) or /Ɵri:/ (three).
So, the question is, Is it important to see these differences?
The thing is, not all native speakers of English can't tell the difference (for example, many of my friends in London, native English speakers, often can be heard saying, /tri:/ (tree) instead of /Ɵri:/, (three);
If we listen to the context with which these words are mispronounced in a sentence, it will become apparent...
For example, My family sailed to Spain by/ʃi:p/: (Sheep) should have been
/ʃɪp/ (ship) It is reasonably apparent which word fits the context. Yes, that person pronounced the word 'sheep' instead of 'ship, but their message still came across.
Does this mean we shouldn’t learn and teach the IPA sounds? Not at all, but what it does say we need to think about why we need to know them.
Learning the IPA Standard English is an excellent start to modifying an accent. Tweaking just 5 or 6 vowel sounds can radically soften your accent while still maintaining your identity.
If, for example, if you are Italian, you might want to work on /æ/ and /e/ as these are often confused. Or you might wish to work on the /h/ sound as there is no equivalent in Italian, although it is crucial that learners don’t overcompensate and add an /h/ sound where there isn’t one, e.g. /haɪ/ instead of ‘I’.
I think it's important to focus on sounds that my client is struggling with; IPA is beneficial for recognition of individual sounds or whole words in the flow of speech.
I'd say the key to good pronunciation, is your intonation, if you can find the flow and melody of the English language, even if your sounds and your grammar may be off kilt. You will gain in clarity and people will still want to listen to you.
Note to yourself: An accent is what you put in speaking the new language. Having an accent is maintaining your personality while using the new language. Speaking a second language is part of our lives nowadays. As long as people understand your message, that is the most crucial part.
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Did you know tongue twisters teach the brain to connect tongue movements to sounds? It is an important motor skill just like learning to ride a bike. Before going on stage, Actors, politicians, and motivational speakers use tongue twisters to warm up by exercising the muscles in their mouth, so they can gain clarity in their pronunciation and produce clearer speech patterns, its beneficial for correcting previously difficult syllables.
As a English Second Language learner, you can practise, as a learning exercise, having fun with tongue twisters. First of all, the tongue twister must be spoken slowly; to give you the time to say it correctly with its proper pronunciation and articulation. When you're more confident, you can increase the speed until you're able to say the tongue twister at various speeds without mispronouncing or tripping up your tongue.
Here are a few to practise.
Peter Piper ( You can see a Youtube video, walking you through the pronunciation, with the subtitles and the IPA code : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aqrfk-RdRDU
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked. If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, Where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
One of the shortest but hardest ones is to say: Toy Boat, over and over again.
Do you need to practise you TH sounds? Try saying Red Leather, Yellow Leather over and over again. Have fun.
5 wonderful ways to effortlessly enrich your vocabulary,opening doors, to a bright sparkling future.
Why is learning vocabulary so important? Linguistic competence determines how well a person's knowledge is organised. Students with a larger vocabulary are more confident, and tend to do better academically, and in the work place. Unsurprisingly, students with a richer vocabulary and improved reading comprehension also read more for pleasure. Words can open doors into a myriad of opportunities…
A diet of dull words starves the imagination… The words we use in everyday conversation are not as sophisticated as the words we read in books. The vocabulary found in comic books, novels and magazines is three times richer than English spoken by adults. Conversation is important. However, it is the more complex, varied vocabulary found in books that students need to gain meaning from what they read and to achieve academic success or to climb the career ladder.
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