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English Pronunciation Training – 10 Tips

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After being neglected for a very long time, pronunciation is now turning into an equally significant part of mastering a foreign language as any other area, such as expanding vocabulary or the application of grammar rules in life. At first, studying it might seem challenging, as not all the sounds exist in the German language, but with a bit of regular practice, it can become a fascinating adventure. Here are ten tips to show you that it can be fun to include pronunciation in your regular English study sessions.

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1. Differentiate between an Accent and Pronunciation

Many students confuse these two words. An ...

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... accent is the way people speak in a particular country or region, whereas pronunciation tells you how words are pronounced correctly. This means that while having impeccable pronunciation, your accent might still reveal where you are from. Don’t put pressure on yourself to sound like a native speaker. English has become a global language and people speak it with a lot of various accents, including native speakers, who also come from different parts of the world. Bearing this in mind, there’s no valid justification for getting rid of your own native accent.

2. Immerse Yourself in English

Listening to English as often as possible will help you familiarise yourself with the melody of the language, so any further pronunciation practice might become easier. Don’t worry about understanding every single word, it doesn’t serve the purpose of this activity.

3. Imitate

As mentioned before, your accent doesn’t matter, but it’s worth listening to different people speaking English and imitating them. Watch an interview with your favourite actor or singer using subtitles, to be sure you understand the exact words you can hear. Stop after a sentence or two and repeat as many times as necessary. Listening and copying alike will help you to acquire the right pronunciation.

4. Raise Your Phonetic Awareness

It is helpful to be aware of the sounds that exist in the English language and to know how to produce them. Go to YouTube and find the video ‘The sounds of English – Phonetic Alphabet – English Pronunciation’ by Dr Can Hoca from BBC Learning English. She introduces all the sounds, gives examples of the words, and, if necessary, describes what to do with your lips and tongue for good sound production to take place. You can also find a good interactive phonemic chart on the Macmillan English website. The sounds that are a part of English phonetics, but don’t exist in German include:

• ‘th’ sounds, voiced and voiceless, in such words as ‘think’ or ‘breathe’.
• The ‘ash’ sound (between an ‘a’ and an ‘e’) in such as words as ‘cat’ or ‘happy’

5. Pay Attention to Word Stress, Sentence Stress and Intonation

Pronunciation doesn’t solely consist of the individual English sounds. Word stress tells you which syllable should be stressed in a single word. Sentence stress is about emphasising more important words in the whole sentence, and intonation is the way your voice falls and raises in speaking. For instance, in the sentence ‘she bought a new car yesterday’, the stressed words would be ‘bought’ and ‘car’, as they carry the crucial information. All these three elements alongside the basic sounds constitute pronunciation, so keep an eye on them as well.

6. Use the Application

‘Sounds’, the Pronunciation App by Macmillan, is definitely worth downloading on your mobile and it works perfectly well with both Android and Apple devices. It includes an interactive phonemic chart and offers three different practice modes (listening, writing and reading). You can also do quizzes and listen to over 650 words, which come with definitions from the Macmillan English Dictionary and audio recordings in British and American English.

7. Always Check the Pronunciation of New Words

When encountering a new vocabulary item, it is obvious to everybody to find out about its meaning and to practise it in a sentence. However, being able to pronounce a word correctly is just as important, as very often a lack of smooth communication occurs due to mispronunciation. When you learn new vocabulary, listen to the audio provided by most online dictionaries. Repeat at least a few times, and if you’re familiar with phonetic transcriptions, check them, too.

8. Read Aloud

You can read anything out loud, even this article. The important thing is that you will get used to hearing your voice in English and focus only on your diction. When speaking you have to think about other areas, such as word choice or grammar, so it takes more energy to concentrate on pronunciation at the same time. Before you start, make sure you know how to pronounce words properly, so as not to read them aloud with mistakes.

9. Record Yourself

While reading, record your voice, so that you can listen to yourself and spot any mistakes you haven’t noticed earlier. Recording the same fragment a few times over a longer period might give you a clearer picture of your progress.

10. Use Tongue Twisters

This idea might seem childish, but believe me, it’s a lot of fun and it forces you to be really precise while trying to say all the words in a tongue twister correctly. You can later transfer this precision to other pronunciation or speaking practice. Try and enjoy it:

She sells sea shells by the seashore And the shells she sells by the seashore are sea shells for sure.

Hopefully, these ten tips will help you get better at pronunciation and, as a result, to become a more effective English speaker. Remember, pronunciation is a great part of communication in any foreign language. Have fun!

0pronunciation prəˌnʌnsiˈeɪʃn|
neglected | vernachlässigt
to master sth | etw. meistern,
to expand sth | etw. erweitern
application of sth | Anwendung von
at first | anfangs
to include sth in sth | etw. in etw.
einfügen, einschließen
1to confuse sth | etw. verwechseln
whereas | wohingegen
impeccable ɪmˈpekəbl| einwandfrei
to reveal sth | etw. offenbaren, verraten,
to put pressure on oneself | sich
unter Druck setzen
including sb | einschließlich jdm.
to bear sth in mind | etw. bedenken
justification | Rechtfertigung
to get rid of sth | etw. loswerden
to immerse oneself in sth | sich in etw. vertiefen
to familiarise oneself with sth | sich mit
etw. vertraut machen
to matter | wichtig sein, zählen
worth sth | etw. wert
alike | auf die gleiche Weise
to acquire sth | etw. bekommen, erreichen
to raise sth | etw. schärfen, erhöhen
awareness | Bewusstsein
to be aware of sth | sich etw. bewusst sein
2to include sth | etw. umfassen, beinhalten
voiced | stimmhaft
voiceless | stimmlos
to pay attention to sth | auf etw. achten
solely | einzig, allein
to emphasise sth | etw. betonen
to fall | fallen
to raise | steigen
crucial | entscheidend, wesentlich
to constitute sth | etw. darstellen,
definitely | definitiv
to download sth | etw. herunterladen
3device | Gerät
4to encounter sth | etw. begegnen,
auf etw. stoßen/treffen
obvious ˈɒbviəs / ˈɑːbviəs| offensichtlich,
to find out | herausfinden
lack of sth | Mangel an etw.
smooth | glatt, reibungslos
due to sth | wegen/aufgrund von etw.
a few | einige
to be familiar with sth | mit etw. vertraut
to focus on sth | sich auf etw. konzentrieren
to record oneself | sich selbst aufnehmen
to spot sth | etw. erkennen, entdecken
5tongue twister | Zungenbrecher
childish | kindisch, kindlich
to force sb to do sth | jdn. zwingen,
etw. zu tun