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Postby Ordina_Lavender » Wed Apr 06, 2005 4:07 am

It is very difficult to say Pirate..I'll practise it more

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Postby tandedao » Mon Jun 06, 2005 3:10 pm

My thanks is beyond words.

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Postby maythet » Fri Oct 06, 2006 2:30 pm

I'm in trouble with word-stress.
I don't know where can i make stress in words .

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Postby ahmedxzxz » Wed Jun 20, 2007 12:56 pm

Hi Pirate !
I agree with you.
You are right at your tips for pronunciations.

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Re: Tips for Pronunciation

Postby amandacool » Fri May 09, 2008 11:59 am

Very interesting.
actually, i am now doing research on how to acquire native-like pronunciation.
well, my questions is how can i motivate lazy students who rarely practice their pronunciation?

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Re: Tips for Pronunciation

Postby Jads » Wed Sep 24, 2008 10:40 am

I'll share some of the most stupid n boring styles of how i learn pronunciation..... :prof:

I guess pronunciation comes from your confidence in your mouth;which is the tongue and throat. I know this is really an absurd idea & suggestion.

But i believe if you put in confidence in your 'tongue' something like;we practise it with a mirror or perhaps our daily conversations with some other races could help, then of course the tongue twister is great too(tt' peter-pickled is recommended for asians).Then 4 the throat if we practise singing classical english song/music can help a little and also whenever we are shouting at the top of our voice to convey whatever msg when we are angry,somehow it(maybe something like that... of..our mind-perception work) would always make the word or pronunciation seems almost perfect or correct.

It somehow works for me since young we cant avoid those small quarrels over something(which is 4 the throat part) and also the best part is to learn from cacausians that kind of thick accent which we hardly encounter in our asian city. It is like 'wow' cacausians, but that was in 90's so not anymore nw!!!Then some will be motivated to learn that accent,eventually get to learn the pronunciation correctly

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Re: Tips for Pronunciation

Postby ipicthat » Wed Sep 24, 2008 12:49 pm

Hi There

Just wanted to let people know of a FREE TO USE website which may help with pronunciation. The website is it is the world's first online talking dictionary. The site basically comprises of a ‘dictionary’ of approximately 5,500 words in an A-Z format and uses photographs to help identify each word. Every word has a written and spoken breakdown, highlighting any unusual soundings. In addition there are 'Letter Sounds', 'Rules', 'Categories', 'Scenarios' and a 'Help' section. Every part of the website is completely talking. You just need to register (which is FREE) and away you go - hope it helps :-P . Please feel free to pass on to your friends.

Thanks ;-)

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Re: Tips for Pronunciation

Postby Krisha » Sun Dec 14, 2008 6:08 am

I practice reading english text loudly – as you read loudly, you will be able to identify the mistakes in your pronunciation.

If you can find a person who has good English then much better. Preferably, find someone who is a native English speaker and who can speak the language fluently. Practice by communicating with him or her. Use all your knowledge and experience that you've gained till now and try to make sure you speak as fluently as possible. One thing to remember is that it's perfectly alright to mispronounce a word or two or even more.

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Re: Tips for Pronunciation

Postby phrazzlemecom » Tue Apr 28, 2009 9:00 pm

> Vowels vs. Consonants:
> There are two ways to pronounciate English words:
> With the vowels being pronounced as in Latin.
> A-ah
> E-eh
> I-y
> O-oh
> U-u
> Or English:
> A-ai
> E-i
> I-ay
> O-ou
> U-iu
> Y-this is considered a vowel and is pronounced as an "I".
> Vowels win and are pronounced as in English when there is the
> same amount in a word. If there are more consonants than
> vowels, or if there are two consonants together, the sound is
> Latinized. This system doesn't work 100% of the time and
> usually works with the first 4 to 6 letters...but it does
> simplify the majority of the words in the English language and
> allows a student to be able to know how to pronounce a word
> even though he has never seen it before. I have been using the
> system for 7 years now.
> Example:
> APE (english)
> APPLE (latin)
> CAP(latin)
> CAPE(english)
> IRONIC(english)
> FAMOUS(english)
> INFAMOUS(latin)
> INSTILL(latin)
> UNANIMOUS(english)
> HAT(latin)
> HATE(english)
> NUMBER(latin)
> NUMERIC(english)
> UNCOMMON(latin)
> HE(english)
> HI(english)
> MY(english)
> HELP(latin)
> HILL(latin)
> MYSTICAL(latin)
> My explanation may be a little confusing but the examples
> speak for themselves.
> I hope you like it and it helps.
> Marcelo.

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Re: Tips for Pronunciation

Postby englishhelps » Thu Jun 25, 2009 8:32 am

It's best to listen to a native speaker on how they pronounce it. You can check a dictionary to see how it's pronounced then practice it. Then you listen to a native speaker on how he pronounce it and compare notes. Then practice how he pronounce it.

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Re: Tips for Pronunciation

Postby englishhelps » Sat Jun 27, 2009 3:28 pm

Another tip is to make sure that you pronounce your end consonants properly. For example, the word "end". Make sure that you pronounce the letter d properly. If you don't, it would seem like you're eating your words and it will make it harder for your listeners to decipher what you're saying.

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Re: Tips for Pronunciation

Postby englishhelps » Wed Jul 15, 2009 5:12 am

Before you pronounce a word that you've never pronounced before, imagine the pronunciation first in your mind. Imagine what sound it will make and the positioning of your mouth when you say it.

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Ultimate Test of Pronounciation

Postby rando » Sat Jul 18, 2009 3:37 am

Try this ultimate test of pronounciation from ....

The Chaos

by G. Nolst Trenite' a.k.a. "Charivarius" 1870 - 1946

Dearest creature in creation

Studying English pronunciation,

I will teach you in my verse

Sounds like corpse, corps, horse and worse

I will keep you, Susy, busy,

Make your head with heat grow dizzy.

Tear in eye your dress you'll tear,

So shall I! Oh, hear my prayer,

Pray, console your loving poet,

Make my coat look new, dear, sew it!

Just compare heart, beard and heard,

Dies and diet, lord and word,

Sword and sward, retain and Britain.

(Mind the latter, how it's written).

Made has not the sound of bade,

Say said, pay-paid, laid, but plaid.

Now I surely will not plague you

With such words as vague and ague,

But be careful how you speak,

Say break, steak, but bleak and streak.

Previous, precious, fuchsia, via,

Pipe, snipe, recipe and choir,

Cloven, oven, how and low,

Script, receipt, shoe, poem, toe.

Hear me say, devoid of trickery:

Daughter, laughter and Terpsichore,

Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles.

Exiles, similes, reviles.

Wholly, holly, signal, signing.

Thames, examining, combining

Scholar, vicar, and cigar,

Solar, mica, war, and far.

From "desire": desirable--admirable from "admire."

Lumber, plumber, bier, but brier.

Chatham, brougham, renown, but known.

Knowledge, done, but gone and tone,

One, anemone. Balmoral.

Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel,

Gertrude, German, wind, and mind.

Scene, Melpomene, mankind,

Tortoise, turquoise, chamois-leather,

Reading, reading, heathen, heather.

This phonetic labyrinth

Gives moss, gross, brook, brooch, ninth, plinth.

Billet does not end like ballet;

Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet;

Blood and flood are not like food,

Nor is mould like should and would.

Banquet is not nearly parquet,

Which is said to rime with "darky."

Viscous, Viscount, load, and broad.

Toward, to forward, to reward.

And your pronunciation's O.K.,

When you say correctly: croquet.

Rounded, wounded, grieve, and sieve,

Friend and fiend, alive, and live,

Liberty, library, heave, and heaven,

Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven,

We say hallowed, but allowed,

People, leopard, towed, but vowed.

Mark the difference, moreover,

Between mover, plover, Dover,

Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,

Chalice, but police, and lice.

Camel, constable, unstable,

Principle, disciple, label,

Petal, penal, and canal,

Wait, surmise, plait, promise, pal.

Suit, suite, ruin, circuit, conduit,

Rime with "shirk it" and "beyond it."

But it is not hard to tell,

Why it's pall, mall, but Pall Mall.

Muscle, muscular, gaol, iron,

Timber, climber, bullion, lion,

Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, and chair,

Senator, spectator, mayor,

Ivy, privy, famous, clamour

And enamour rime with hammer.

Pussy, hussy, and possess,

Desert, but dessert, address.

Golf, wolf, countenance, lieutenants.

Hoist, in lieu of flags, left pennants.

River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,

Doll and roll and some and home.

Stranger does not rime with anger.

Neither does devour with clangour.

Soul, but foul and gaunt but aunt.

Font, front, won't, want, grand, and grant.

Shoes, goes, does. Now first say: finger.

And then: singer, ginger, linger,

Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, and gauge,

Marriage, foliage, mirage, age.

Query does not rime with very,

Nor does fury sound like bury.

Dost, lost, post; and doth, cloth, loth;

Job, Job; blossom, bosom, oath.

Though the difference seems little,

We say actual, but victual.

Seat, sweat; chaste, caste.; Leigh, eight, height;

Put, nut; granite, and unite.

Reefer does not rime with deafer,

Feoffer does, and zephyr, heifer.

Dull, bull, Geoffrey, George, ate, late,

Hint, pint, Senate, but sedate.

Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,

Science, conscience, scientific,

Tour, but our and succour, four,

Gas, alas, and Arkansas.

Sea, idea, guinea, area,

Psalm, Maria, but malaria,

Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean,

Doctrine, turpentine, marine.

Compare alien with Italian,

Dandelion with battalion.

Sally with ally, yea, ye,

Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, key, quay.

Say aver, but ever, fever.

Neither, leisure, skein, receiver.

Never guess--it is not safe:

We say calves, valves, half, but Ralph.

Heron, granary, canary,

Crevice and device, and eyrie,

Face but preface, but efface,

Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.

Large, but target, gin, give, verging,

Ought, out, joust, and scour, but scourging,

Ear but earn, and wear and bear

Do not rime with here, but ere.

Seven is right, but so is even,

Hyphen, roughen, nephew, Stephen,

Monkey, donkey, clerk, and jerk,

Asp, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.

Pronunciation--think of psyche--!

Is a paling, stout and spikey,

Won't it make you lose your wits,

Writing "groats" and saying "grits"?

It's a dark abyss or tunnel,

Strewn with stones, like rowlock, gunwale,

Islington and Isle of Wight,

Housewife, verdict, and indict!

Don't you think so, reader, rather,

Saying lather, bather, father?

Finally: which rimes with "enough"

Though, through, plough, cough, hough, or tough?

Hiccough has the sound of "cup."

My advice is--give it up!


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Re: Tips for Pronunciation

Postby englishhelps » Sat Jul 18, 2009 8:35 am

Haha. That's pretty hard! Just do it slow and focus on pronunciation.

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Re: Tips for Pronunciation

Postby englishhelps » Tue Jul 21, 2009 6:56 am

In order to master pronouncing the English language, you have to master the "schwa" sound. I believe it is the most common sounds that is used in many words.

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Re: Tips for Pronunciation

Postby englishhelps » Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:30 am

It's also a good idea to invest in a recording device. Read out loud a chapter of a book. Then have a native speaker listen to it and ask him if he understood you well. It doesn't matter if you have an accent. If you pronounced it correctly, he should be able to understand what you were saying.

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Re: Tips for Pronunciation

Postby englishhelps » Sat Sep 05, 2009 4:56 pm

One of the most commonly mispronounced words are "tree" and "three". You should practice pronouncing this because we always say those words. :)

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Re: Tips for Pronunciation

Postby clevermae » Tue Jan 25, 2011 11:43 pm

I agree with you pirate! I had fun doing a tongue twister with my friends, and now I am proudly say I am good in english pronunciation. It's the best way to improve your pronunciation by just playing and enjoying to twist your tongue. :roll: :lol:

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Re: Enjoy pronouncing

Postby easylsl » Fri Apr 13, 2012 10:36 am

Pirate wrote:When the English tongue we speak
Why is break not rhymed with weak?
Won’t you tell me why it’s true
We say sew, but also few?
And the maker of a verse
Cannot rhyme his horse with worse?
Beard is not the same as heard,
Cord is different from word,
Cow is cow but low is low,
Shoe is never rhymed with foe,
Think of hose and dose and lose,
And think of goose and yet of choose,
Think of comb and tomb and bomb,
Doll and roll and home and some,
And since pay is rhymed with say,
Why not paid with said I pray?
Think of blood and food and good;
Mould is not pronounced like could,
Why is it done but gone and lone
Is there any reason known?
To sum it up, it seems to me
That sounds and letters don’t agree.

This poem is very good, hope U like it like I do :) . So just practise :idea:

Thank you pirate :) :thumbsup:

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Re: Tips for Pronunciation

Postby DmitryL » Sat May 19, 2012 8:04 pm

The first post claims that 'threw' and 'through' are pronounced identically... I wonder is it really so? Could anybody confirm?

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