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Tips for Pronunciation

Postby Pirate » Sun May 23, 2004 11:26 pm

Hello everyone,

This is one part of the series "Tips for learning English". The series is today created in the sake of collecting and assembling tips which come from English learners. Post your own tips which really work :!: Other members can learn from them, and if necessary we could discuss :idea:

You are in PRONUNCIATION section 8) .

English Pronunciation lessons: http://www.englishclub.com/pronunciation/

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Enjoy pronouncing

Postby Pirate » Wed Sep 01, 2004 7:56 pm

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:

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Postby Dixie » Wed Sep 01, 2004 8:22 pm

Very good!

I had another one, and harder. But I lost it, unfortunately! :D

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Postby fionaa » Tue Sep 14, 2004 7:14 am

Thanks for your sharing!It is very clear and good tips for students.I really can't pronouce well sometimes.
Some long speelling words are very difficult to pronouce.
I have to practise more form it!I must learn from it as to improve my english speaking.

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Postby Pirate » Wed Oct 06, 2004 11:24 pm

Let's have a look at the basic pronunciation:

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/help/phonetics.htm

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Postby crazyoddygal » Mon Mar 21, 2005 7:24 pm

thank you for all the tips. my own experience is to imagine the pose of your mouth, your tongue, your throat, etc. b4 speaking the word out loud. i think it's the best tips for the English learners. i've been applying this tip for a long time, and now people say that my pronunciation is not bad :">
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interesting

Postby Ordina_Lavender » Mon Mar 28, 2005 7:23 am

Hmm it's interesting.I'll pactise it. Sometimes we also could listen to the television especially English News, watching english movie or sing an english song.This could be the basic steps of learning pronunciation.

We also could sing a song.From the simple level to the hardest one.

"Twinkle twinke little stars, how i wonder what you are.."

"When marimba rhythms start to play
Dance with me, make me sway
Like a lazy ocean hugs the shore
Hold me close, sway me more

Like a flower bending in the breeze
Bend with me, sway with ease
When we dance you have a way with me
Stay with me, sway with me"

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Postby Pirate » Sun Apr 03, 2005 5:26 pm

How about tounge-twisters? I think they are useful and give us more fun to learn.

A classic one: She sells the sea-shells by the sea shore. If she sells the sea-shells, show me the sea-shells she sells.

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Postby GiddyGad » Mon Apr 04, 2005 10:32 am

pirate wrote:How about tongue-twisters? I think they are useful and give us more fun to learn.

A classic one: She sells the sea-shells by the sea shore. If she sells the sea-shells, show me the sea-shells she sells.


Tongue-twisters are good for warming up and most welcome at the very beginning of each class - much like short and rather simple songs from 'Children's favorite songs' you may find on the Holywood site:

It ain't gonna rain no more no more,
It ain't gonna rain no more,
How in the heck
Can I wash my neck
If it ain't gonna rain no more.

...and the like.

Songs are as well a good way to round up classes though...

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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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stress

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 http://www.ipicthat.com 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

Pronounciation:
>
> 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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