Seven Simple Steps To Effectively Enhance Your English Pronunciation

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“I’m sorry, I don’t understand? Can you say that again, please?” Have you heard these particular lines before? Then you can probably understand just how embarrassing it often is to repeat something again and again. Communication difficulties can easily hold you back in this current fast-moving, global business arena. More and more people are hiding their particular abilities, gifts and talents from those around them because of a worry of speaking out only to be misunderstood.  Is one of these fearful people – you?

Why not try these seven simple steps to effectively enhance your English pronunciation and improve your Confidence in English?

Step 1: Talk Slowly

It follows, that; the faster you talk, the more difficult it can be for your listener to understand you. The most effective way to quickly improve your pronunciation is to simply talk slowly.

Step 2: Take a Breath

A pauses is a very useful tool which can be used in many scenarios. A pause tends to be the length of one breath in and one breath out and they are used to clearly make a distinction between the end of one sentence and the start of another. Pauses are also used when you want to start talking about another topic.

Step 3: Speak Up

If you want to say something, truly say it! Take a deep breath in, as you do so stand up straight then speak on the exhale. Do not cover your mouth with your hand, fingers, a book, your notes, or a pen. You should also look into the eyes of your listeners, do not look down to the floor or look left, right or up to the ceiling – speak directly to them and maintain eye contact!

Step 4: Pronounce Word Endings

As we hurry to get our words out, we can often forget to say our word endings – the grammatical markers at the ends of words, for example the plural ‘s’ or past tense ‘ed.’ If you do not pronounce these end sounds, it sounds like you’re making very simple but very confusing grammatical errors and the meaning of your sentence can be lost.

Step 5: Use Clear Consonants Sounds

Here are some good examples of frequently confused consonant sounds: /b/ & /p/, /d/ & /t/, /g/ & /k/ , /f/ & /v/. The first sound in each pair is voiced, while the second sound is voiceless.

Why not quickly practice voiced and voiceless? Place a hand in front of your mouth and say these pairs of words out loud: big/pig, Dan/tan, van/fan.

When you are pronouncing the /b/ and /p/ sounds properly, you will feel an explosion of breath as you make the /b/ sound.

Step 6: Stress Words Consistently

What is considered appropriate or inappropriate word stress?  Correct word stress  is a litter harder to understand as it can be very dependent upon where the native English speak come from originally.

Unfortunately “inappropriate” word stress can make your listener feel uncomfortable especially if it deviates from their norm because this can highlight the fact that the speaker in an outsider.  Sometimes this can be rather FRUStrating (US)/frusTRATing (UK) to a non-native speaker especially if they are attempting to get their point across.

“So which way, is the right way?” The easiest answer? Choose the stress form which you are most comfortable with and stick to it! If you are comfortable and consistant you are more likely to make yourself understood!

Step 7: Keep it Simple

Keep your sentences simple. Don’t use a long word when a short one will do. You may thnk this common rule is the norm, however you’d be surprised by how few people actually put it into practice it! Your primary aim in each and every voiced interaction is to ensure that both your message and your intentions are understood by your listener. You can guarantee this by keeping your vocabulary simple and learning to use the common English words or High Frequency Words.

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