How do I know if I need lessons?
Your listeners look confused, and often ask you to repeat.
You make errors that offend others because they misunderstand your meaning (such as “dog” for “Doug”).
You say single words clearly, but pronouncing sentences is not understandable.
You miss career advancement because of your foreign accent.
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For many Asian speakers, I often hear they were taught to speak Engliah, by SPEAKING EACH WORD SEPARATELY.
However, English speakers are listening for words that LINK TOGETHER in a sentence. The easiest way to start linking is finding words that have an ending consonant next to a beginning vowel.
A lot of people were there. > A LOTOV people ...
We had our last ESL English Pronunciation class yesterday. I have been thinking about what worked well this year, and what could be improved. I love to survey the students at the end of the year. Their responses help me to get a better idea of what they liked and didn't like. Here's a free printable of my ...
A very common word in English is "the". But you might notice we pronounce it two different ways!
If "the" is next to a consonant, it will be pronounced [thuh]:
the book [thuh book]
the car [thuh kar]
the man [thuh man]
If "the"is next to a vowel, it will be pronounced [thee] and often has a linking sound [y] ...
My Korean student came to Bible study today. And I noticed the way she said "Jesus" was hard to understand. Now this is not the "Jesus" that my Hispanic friends say -"Hay-soos". That is very easy to understand. This Korean "Jesus" sounded like "Jeezhus". I noticed that instead of using a Z sound there in ...
My ESL and pronunciation students say these words are often confused - "close" and "clothes".
Below are some helpful hints for pronouncing
close - near
close - shut
clothes - apparel
kl oh s
My house is close to school.
Almost always “close to”
kl oh z
to shut, or to end
He will close the door.
The service will close with a hymn.
If you have a student or client with tongue thrust (as known as oral myofunctional disorder) you may need some information about the jaw.
Learn more about the jaw here and see my resources for therapy ideas on Teachers Pay Teachers.com.
The vowels are often affected by the position of the jaw. If you are teaching English pronunciation to a foreign-born ...
In a phrase or sentence we link the final T to the next beginning vowel, and say is like it's all one word. Often the T will be reduced (shorter, quieter) and sound like a D.
Wait in [waidin] the Doctor's office.
Let's eat an [eadan] apple
Put it [pudit] by the door.
See the practice sentences here.
10 Ways to Improve Your English
1.Join an ESL class for regular practice in English.
2.Practice with a native English speaker every day for a few minutes. Tell your American friend, neighbor or workmate you are trying to improve your English, and ask them to chat with you each day.
3.Learn English sounds and pronunciation rules. Most helpful ...