We know learning to speak English is a challenge; even when you’ve mastered some of the words, phrases, and even grammar – pronunciation can be tough. There are some easy and fun things you can do to improve your English pronunciation skills! Our English language school in Hawaii has a few tips to help you below.
Of course practice is important, but consider recording yourself so that you can hear yourself speak, and see how your mouth is moving when you pronounce specific words or phrases.
Do a little shadow reading. What’s that? Using an audio book, read along with the CD narration while trying to speak at the same speed and rhythm of the narrator. When you think you’ve caught on, turn the sound down and keep reading for a few sentences or paragraphs, then turn the volume back up to see if you’re on pace with the narration.
Pay attention to how your lips and mouth move when speaking. Many students don’t give it much thought, but how your mouth and lips move affects pronunciation. Pay attention and work to correct the shape of your mouth when pronouncing words or phrases – using a mirror can be extremely helpful, as you can see how your lips and mouth are moving when you say certain words. It’s also a good idea to watch the movements of the lips and mouths of those who are native English speakers when they talk.
Listen intently to others. You can learn so much about how to correctly pronounce words by simply listening to others. Whether at work, in the classroom, or listening to podcasts, songs, or watching a movie or television show, make it a practice to listen carefully to the pronunciation of words. You’ll be amazed how it helps you with your own pronunciation skills.
Take it slow. You don’t have to speak fast, and slowing down will make you more fluent. By slowing down, you can think about the pronunciation and visualize what you’re about to say while breathing properly and feeling more relaxed. Just slow down – there’s no hurry!
These are just a few ways to improve your pronunciation skills; you can find hundreds of helpful tips online that will have you feeling comfortable with your English speaking abilities.
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