If you Pronounce wrong words the people are not only going to have trouble understanding you but they make fun of you.
How many times do you hear this when you’re speaking? Even if your Vocabulary and English Grammar are perfect, it can still be difficult for people to understand you because of your Pronunciation.
HOW TO PRONOUNCE A WORD
Learning to pronounce English words correctly can be one of the hardest part of Learning English.
The English has some sounds that your native language might not , so you will have to learn how to make completely new sound.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WAY, WEIGH AND WHY
Plus, English vowels make it really tricky to know how to say a word. “Way” ” Weigh” and “Why” are all said the same , for example, while ” Comb” and “Tomb” are all pronounced differently.
Before you learn how to speak. You’ll need to learn how to listen. Some sounds can be hard to tell apart when you’re listening. Did the speaker sleep or slip? Did he hear his chin or shin? If you can here the difference, it will be easier to speak the difference.
PAY ATTENTION TO WORD, LISTEN FIRST
There are many guides to get you started in learning to listen.We have some great articles here about learning to listen from movies, songs and music. You can also find listening exercises online.
The better you get at hearing words, the better you will become at pronouncing them.
When you speak, you move your mouth. How you move your mouth affects how you pronounce a word. The first step to correcting your mouth shape is to notice it and pay attention. There are a few ways you can check that your mouth and lips are making the correct shape.
PRACTICE MOUTH POSITIONS IN FRONT OF MIRROR
Use a mirror: This is the simplest way to know what your mouth is doing while you talk. Put a finger in front of your lips (like you’re saying “shh”). As you speak, don’t move your finger. You should feel your lips moving away from or pushing against your finger.
There are guides and pictures online that will help you learn how to move your mouth. SOUNDS OF ENGLISH has some good explanations for pronouncing specific words.
The main difference between rice and lice is in your tongue, when you speak, you move your tongue to make sounds you probably didn’t even notice that, since you do it without thinking to improve your English Pronunciation. It’s good idea to check what your tongue is doing. Some difficult sounds for non-native speakers to make are the letters “L” and “R” and the sound “TH” Pronouncing them correctly is all in the tongue.
How To Make "L" Sound
To make the “L” sound your tongue should touch the back of your front teeth and the top of your mouth, just behind your teeth.
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Say the word “light” say it few times. Make sure your tongue touches the top of your mouth.
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How To Make "R" Sound
To make the R” sound your tongue should not touch the top of your mouth. Pull your tongue back to the middle of your mouth, near where it naturally rests. If you weren’t saying as you speak. You should also feel your lips should be rounded
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Say the word “right” a few times. You should feel air blowing between your tongue and the top of your mouth as you speak. You should also feel your lips get a Little rounded when you make the sound.
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How To Make "TH" Sound
This one may seem strange if you don’t have a similar sound in your native language. To make this sound , put your tongue between your top and bottom teeth. Your tongue should stick out a little between your teeth, and as push air out of your mouth, let some air escape between your tongue and teeth. That’s what makes the sound.
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Repeat it a few times. Make sure your tongue is between your teeth.Now that you know where to put your tongue. Can hear the difference?
If you can’t figure out what to do you with your tongue to make the right sound, try asking someone. Ask them to say a word that sound and tell where they probably never thought about it before either!