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10 Tips to Improve Your Pronunciation in English
Proper pronunciation is an important part of learning any foreign language. The way your speech sounds can have a huge impact on how other people understand you and what impression you can make on them. In fact, pronunciation is a rather tricky thing, because it is not just acquiring knowledge of the language, but a physical ability that needs to be regularly practiced.
There is simply no shortcut to perfect pronunciation, but there are several ways to practice it more effectively and, accordingly, improve it faster. Follow our tips and start improving your pronunciation today to take a big step forward towards your goal, i.e. perfect pronunciation.
1. Listen to yourself
It is often difficult to hear pronunciation errors in your own speech because you focus more on communication than on the sounds you make, and if you cannot hear your mistakes, it will be difficult to correct them. Try recording your speech on a smartphone or computer, then to identify your mistakes and fix them.
Many students think that speaking English fluently means speaking fast, however, this is not true. Speaking too fast makes old mistakes and makes the speaker nervous and indecisive. The slow speech will give time to take a breath and think about what to say next. Having time to think, you can feel more relaxed and concentrate on making your English sound right.
3. Remember the theory!
Close your eyes and think about how you pronounce the word before it comes out of your mouth. Imagine the expression on your face and the position of your lips. If you learn from the phonetic map, think about the sound being made, and how it combines with other English phonemes. If you used mouth and tongue diagrams, think about which one is right for you to make them sound right.
4. Get ready physically!
Pronunciation is a physical skill. You are teaching your mouth a new way to move and use different muscles. Play different sounds every day. Got a 'th' sound problem? Place your tongue between your teeth (but don't bite) and exhale the sound. Feel the air passing over the tip of your tongue.
5. Watch yourself
Stand in front of the mirror to see the position of your tongue, lips, and mouth shape when making certain sounds. Compare what you see with a video recorded by a native English speaker saying the same thing.
6. Copy native speakers
Listen to English radio shows, TV shows, and movies. Repeat what you hear, even if you are not sure that you understand what was said.
7. Practice on your own
Pronunciation problems exist because we are afraid to make mistakes. Think of situations as if you are meeting someone for the first time, ordering food in a restaurant, asking how to get somewhere, etc., the main thing is not to be embarrassed.
8. Find one like you
Find a friend who is also looking to improve his English. Try to exchange recorded messages and listen carefully to each other's pronunciation.
9. Pay attention to intonation and stress
Good pronunciation is more than just working off individual sounds. It is also an intonation that shows that you understand what has been said, and stress (some sounds in words and some words in sentences are louder and clearer than others). Read poetry, listen to the extraneous speech, sing out loud and concentrate on stress and intonation.
10. Sing the songs!
Learn the words of popular English songs and sing them. Singing helps to relax, correctly pronounce words, establish rhythm and intonation. Because you don’t need to concentrate on making sentences yourself, you can concentrate on making your pronunciation awesome!
Use each tip to figure out which one works best. Remember that all of them will help you achieve your goal with regular practice.
I would also like to note that we have a free trial lesson at the Knowledge language school. You can come, and we will understand what your level of English is and in particular its pronunciation. After that, we will be able to draw up an individual training program for you, at an attractive price.