Pronunciation

Tip #1

Record Yourself Speaking

Speak English into a voice recorder. When you are done, play it back. How do you sound? Identify words that you need to spend more time studying.

  • Find something to read, like a passage from a magazine, a poem, or a blog.

  • To compare your recording to a native speakers, read out loud a famous poem. Then compare it to a recording of a native speaker saying the same poem. 

  • If you’re in an English class, ask your teacher to listen to the recording. Ask them how you could improve.

Tip #2

Practice Tongue Twisters

Tongue twisters are phrases that are difficult to say quickly because they contain many similar sounds. These are a great way to practice your skills. Try to say the following phrases correctly. When you master them, try saying them faster.

 

  • She sells sea shells on the sea shore.

  • Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.

  • Red lorry, yellow lorry, red lorry, yellow lorry.

Tip #3

Good Practice Makes Perfect

Do some simple exercises:

  • Read aloud and repeat the words which you find difficult to pronounce

  • Recite poems or sing songs, observing rhythm and imitate the intonation

  • Shadowing is one of the best way to practice. Pick a movie and watch it with subtitles. If you find a difficult sentence, write it down and practice.

Tip #4

Talk to Siri or a Dictation App

Some apps and programs will transform your spoken word into text. If you mispronounce something, it will tell you. You can use a translation program like Google Translate or an electronic assistant program like Siri or Alexa.