Tips for Pronunciation

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Re: Tips for Pronunciation

Post by 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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Re: Tips for Pronunciation

Post by Joe » Sun Jan 05, 2014 6:06 am

DmitryL wrote:The first post claims that 'threw' and 'through' are pronounced identically... I wonder is it really so? Could anybody confirm?
Yes, I confirm. The word "threw" (past tense of "throw") sounds the same as "through".

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Re: Tips for Pronunciation

Post by TrietLe » Wed Jun 11, 2014 10:11 am

I'm teaching English (primarily speaking and listening) to over 40 students in my hometown.

And here are 2 things I've learnt:

1. Tongue Twisters are extremely effective.

The majority of my students struggled with pronunciation.

So I taught them the correct pronuciation followed by many tongue twisters.

Due to the rigorous use of a specific sound in a typical tongue twisters,
students remember the pronunciation almost perfectly.

Thus, after a practice, words with similar pronunciation are no longer
problems for them.

2. Tongue Twisters are fun:

Students love it and I think most of us do.
It's fun to read, listen and play with.

So, I think training with tongue twisters is a wonderful to upgrade your pronunciation while
having some great fun.
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Re: Tips for Pronunciation

Post by ritzkevin » Fri Sep 11, 2015 3:06 pm

I'm an English tutor teaching English online through Skype. One of the tips that I usually give to my students is to exercise their mouth (and even the face) to warm up your articulators when speaking.
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Re: Tips for Pronunciation

Post by DrNorman » Fri Feb 12, 2016 8:44 am

I have recently put together a video which shows you how to position your tongue and mouth for a range of English consonants.
I have another one for vowel pronunciation. You can find it at
Enjoy! I hope you find them useful!
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Re: Tips for Pronunciation

Post by CamillaSmith » Thu Mar 17, 2016 6:13 pm

Actually, the sad thing is that, when there is attention to this matter, much emphasis is placed on pronunciation alone. This leads to disconnected speech and inability to really apply smooth, fluid, native-like style to communication.

Did you know that the real key is much beneath the surface? Yep, it's inside you.

In order to get an accent and have success with its pronunciation (and be clear), you need to actually get into the character of a target language. That's right. It's part of what acculturation is (changing and adapting into its culture).

Once we allow ourselves to 'be' - look, sound, move, act, react - like a target language, guess what? The accent and pronunciation moves so much easier and it sticks. Partly this is because you've emotionally connected in a positive way.

Latest neuroscience shows us that when we begin with emotion on something, the body automatically starts to memorize this. There's so much to say, but sufficient to say that when the body is in line with, or memorizing, the positive emotion, it sends signals and thoughts to the brain. Now, when you move your articulators (mouth, tongue, muscles, etc.) in a new and different way to sound more like the target language and culture: kaboom! You’ve got it and now you’ve got a basis for new accent, pronunciation and clear speech acquisition.

Cheers and all the very best!

BTW, I’d love to know more from you about what are the biggest challenges or key questions. If you like, just follow the link below.
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Re: Tips for Pronunciation

Post by Krisi » Thu Mar 17, 2016 10:01 pm

that's quite interesting, Miss Smith. :-)

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Re: Tips for Pronunciation

Post by casual » Mon Mar 28, 2016 9:59 am

Ration never rhymes with nation,
Say prefer, but preferable,
Comfortable and vegetable.
B must not be heard in doubt,
Debt and dumb both leave it out.

In the words psychology,
Psychic, and psychiatry,
You must never sound the p.
Psychiatrist you call the man
Who cures the complex, if he can.

In architect ch is k
In arch it is the other way.
Please remember to say iron
So that it'll rhyme with lion.
Advertisers advertise,
Advertisements will put you wise.

Time when work is done is leisure,
Fill it up with useful pleasure.
Accidental, accident,
Sound the g in ignorant.

Relative, but relation,
Then say creature, but creation.
Say the a in gas quite short,
Bought remember rhymes with thwart,

Drought must always rhyme with bout,
In daughter leave the g h out.
Wear a boot upon your foot.
Root can never rhyme with soot.

In muscle, s and c is s,
In muscular, it's s k, yes!
Choir must always rhyme with wire,
That again will rhyme with liar.

Then remember it's address.
With an accent like posses.
G in sign must silent be,
In signature, pronounce the g.

Please remember, say towards
Just as if it rhymed with boards.
Weight's like wait, but not like height.
Which should always rhyme with might.

Sew is just the same as so,
Tie a ribbon in a bow.
When you meet the Queen you bow,
Which again must rhyme with how.

In perfect English make a start. Learn this little rhyme by heart

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Re: Ultimate Test of Pronounciation

Post by Kitsich » Fri Apr 22, 2016 2:40 pm

rando wrote: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,


My advice is--give it up!

Tried with students. Very difficult, rarely turns out accurately.
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Re: Tips for Pronunciation

Post by StevenMorris » Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:23 pm

Following mentioned are some point that can help you to improve your pronunciation:

Open Your Ears to Youtube & Podcast Pronunciation - There are a lot of very helpful, well-done youtube channels that focus on pronunciation. Beyond our very own Youtube Channel, RealLife TV, which teaches pronunciation in dynamic ways. Other recommended online website to improve English pronunciation skills is Pronouncing American English.

Listen to Podcasts Every Day - Podcasts Teaching Pronunciation: There are some phenomenal podcasts dealing with pronunciation. Podcasts are free, downloadable audio programs that you can put on your mp3 player. It is an excellent option because you can listen in your car or on the bus while you’re stuck in traffic, or whenever is most convenient for you.

Focus on the Music Behind the Words - Whether you pay attention to it or not, the musical element of a language is essential to good pronunciation. You don’t need to become a musician or listen to more music in English (although both of these could help), but you should pay attention to the intonation of native speakers. It is the melodic pattern of the language that is so fundamental to communication and human connection.

Record Yourself Speaking - Record yourself reading out loud on a tape recorder or a computer. At first, it will be really difficult to listen to your own voice. Relax, as you will get used it to pretty quickly.

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Re: Tips for Pronunciation; Commas

Post by BloomingMarvelous » Tue Apr 24, 2018 2:37 pm

There is some helpful advice on the use of commas here English Punctuation Rules.

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