How to improve your English Pronunciation

Enhancing Your Vocabulary
October 9, 2021
October 9, 2021

How to improve your English Pronunciation

You might have done a great job of surrounding yourself with books to create a reading habit in you but when it comes to learning English pronunciation like a native speaker, I am sure most of us struggle.

Mispronunciation can not only have you misunderstood, but it can also develop a feeling of embarrassment in you. And if it continues, you might even end up detesting the English language. Therefore, it’s important for you to know how to learn pronunciation so that you can learn the right pronunciation in the comfort of your home.

Good pronunciation means checking all three when you speak:

  1. Sounds: Sounds consist of consonants, diphthongs, and vowels.
  2. Stress: Stress is the emphasis on syllables.
  3. Intonation: Intonation is the rising and falling sounds when speaking.

Other than these, pace, pause, pitch, and volume also play a huge role in getting English pronunciation right.

  1. Learning English Pronunciation

Remember, there is no single method of teaching English pronunciation to anyone as different age groups have different learning capacities. So, we must use the teaching methods accordingly.

Let’s get started.


Beginning Level English Learners

  1. Tongue Twisters:  One of the most effective ways to learn pronunciation is tongue twisters as it will help to identify the sounds of consonants, and at the same time, are a lot of fun, making sounds easier to remember. You can use tongue twisters like ‘She sells seashells on the sea shore’ and a few other great ones easily available online.
  2. Songs: Songs are the highly preferred way of teaching English pronunciation because they are an effortless learning tool. We are naturally drawn towards songs. So, pick out word-friendly songs and listen to them. Once you are familiar with the lyrics, then try to sing on your own.
  3. Rhymes – Just like Kids learn pronunciation quickly with rhymes. The musical element in poems for anyone can help them understand the timing of words, use proper intonation, and exercise stress where needed.
  4. Vocabulary Training – When you are learning new words, put emphasis on the correct pronunciation. Also, the use of new words in different contexts improves vocabulary.
  5. Repetition – Repetition is a great method to reinforce learning. when you are practicing the pronunciation of a new word, repeat it every chance you get. It will help you commit the correct pronunciation to memory.
  6. Minimal Pairs –Minimal pairs are addition and substitution exercises that will help you understand how pronunciation works. For example, substituting the ‘e’ in ‘pen’ with an ‘i’ will make it ‘pin’. This formula applies to other words as well, such as a den, ten, etc. Consonant replacement also changes the pronunciation; for example, tin-thin and bin-pin. learn these formulas to lay a stronger foundation.

Intermediate Level English Learners

  1. Record and Replay –Record and replay your sentences to review your own speech and identify the problem. Anyone after the age of 9 is capable of self-correcting, which is also a great way to boost confidence.
  2. Same Sound Words –This activity involves differentiating between sounds, which is of great help to be able to pronounce words correctly. Try pair of words and try to identify the sound. Good examples of pair words are mine-main or bay-boy-buy. To help you understand the words and pronunciations in context,  will encourage you to make sentences out of the words in the exercise; for example,‘the large doors are closed’ and ‘the lodge doors are closed.
  3.  Mirror  Technique– try looking in the mirror while pronouncing new words, this can help you to observe the lip and tongue movement, which helps in understanding the nature of sounds.

Advanced Level English Learners

  1. Tones  – Chants are a great method of teaching English pronunciation with intonation. It helps in understanding the difference between the sounds of a question, statement, and exclamation. For example, take a group of sentences, such as:
  • I love cake. (A falling tone)
  • Do you love cakes? (Arising tone)
  • Do you love cheesecake? (A fall-rise tone that shows uncertainty)

Now use the correct intonation with each sentence and try to repeat with the right intonation.

  1. Adjoining Speech – Try to understand and learn connected speech words. For example, ‘got to’ is pronounced as ‘gotta.’ So, listen to native speakers speak the English language and also use connected speech words with the right pronunciation.

Now that you know how to learn  English sounds, you can immediately get started. Just remember to take it slow since overburdening yourself with information can be frustrating. Know that practice is the key. So, keep the learning consistent.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.