The English language doesn’t have a unified pronunciation across regions and people, it differs from region to region and individual to individual. So a new learner can be easily baffled with the complexity of understanding the language of Shakespeare. But fear not, we are here to help you. Here are few English pronunciation tips that can help you Speak English like a pro. Check out the tips and do practice regularly:
- Listen Intently
Without paying attention it is impossible for you to acquire perfect English pronunciation. The key to speak English with correct pronunciation depends on how well you lend your ears while listening to English lessons and sounds. The more you listen the better is going to be your English pronunciation.
To be frank, English is a confusing language, as you may find examples of many words which sound very same but can mean stark opposite. Such as words like Slip and Sleep almost which sounds same, but they mean very different. Slip means losing one’s footing and Sleep means to be in a state of rest. A beginner must pay enough attention to sounds and meaning so that they don’t go wrong while expressing their thoughts. The danger of saying a word wrongly may end up you in trouble, if it sounds anything inappropriate. So beginners must understand the context using a word.
- Pay Attention to Mouth & Lips Movement
A new English learner must pay attention to mouth and lips movement. How a word sounds different from another word. What you can do is watch News anchors and movie characters, how they say a word and watch how their mouth and lips move while pronouncing a word.
This is by far one of the most easiest way to learn correct pronunciation. And if you have a particular country to visit for travel or academic purpose, please ensure that you watch news and videos for that specific country. Example, Australian English is slightly different British English, American English is little different than British English.
- Know How to Stress Words
Learning how to put stress in words are very important to pronounce correctly. The English language has its unique rhythm, and that is produced by stressing one part of a word. Unlike many other languages, in English there is only one stress on a word. In the English language, you cannot have two stresses in a single word. Please check the examples below:
Photograph – PHO-to-graph
Present – PRE-sent
Orderly – OR-der-ly
Generally, non-native speakers find it hard to recognize word stress rules in English, and end up pronouncing words incorrectly. If a speaker doesn’t pronounce correctly, then chances of misunderstanding him will increase and native speakers may not be able to follow their thoughts.
- Its Important to Understand Tongue Placements
When it comes to learning English pronunciation, tongue placement plays quite an important role. It is the tongue’s position that differentiates one word from another word, so pay attention where your tongue is placed and learn how to place your tongue at the right place to pronounce correctly.
- Check out these tongue placement examples:
S – While pronouncing ‘S’, the tongue touches the back of the front teeth and the middle portion of the tongue is arched a little bit upward.
Sh – In the ‘Sh’ sound, your tongue is arched up to the middle of the mouth and stay forward, without touching any part of the mouth.
How you tongue is positioned will change the sound of a word completely, so non-native speakers must pay attention to their tongue positions.
- Practice Regularly
Non-native speakers require regular practice to perfect their pronunciation. Few words are difficult to pronounce, and few others are easy, and pronunciation also depends on what the non-native speakers’ mother tongue is. If the mother tongue and English have similar sounds, then it shouldn’t be a very difficult proposition.