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The Top 5 English Pronunciation Problems and How to Fix Them

The Top 5 English Pronunciation Problems and How to Fix Them

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Do you sometimes remain quiet because you are afraid to speak English and not be understood, or worse, laughed at? Learn to sound better in English! Make more money! 60 day money back guarantee!

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Do you sometimes remain quiet because you are afraid to speak English and not be understood, or worse, laughed at? Learn to sound better in English! Make more money! 60 day money back guarantee!

http://weblifenow.com/englishpronunciation

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 ==== ====Do you sometimes remain quiet because you are afraid to speak English and not be understood,or worse, laughed at? Learn to sound better in English! Make more money! 60 day money backguarantee!http://weblifenow.com/englishpronunciation ==== ====Are people having trouble understanding you when you speak, but you're not really sure why? Thehardest part about improving your English pronunciation is figuring out what you might be doingwrong. Here are the top 5 reasons why people might be misunderstanding you, and some quicktips for how to fix each of these issues. 1. Stressing individual words incorrectlyIf you usually speak with native English speakers, this will be the number one reason why theymisunderstand you. It's very hard for native English speakers to 'translate' a word spoken as'caLENdar' to the way they would pronounce it, 'CALendar'. Non-native English speakers don't have as much of a problem with this, and will probably stillunderstand what you're trying to say. Quick fix:Listen carefully to the way people around you pronounce their words. If you hear a pronunciationthat is different from yours, check the dictionary (even if it's a common word) to be sure that you'restressing it correctly. Some commonly mis-stressed words that I hear (with proper stress incapitals) include: PURchase, COLleague, phoTOGraphy and ecoNOMic. 2. Stressing the wrong words in a sentenceRemember that you can completely change the meaning of a sentence by stressing differentwords in that sentence. For example, you could say this sentence in a number of different ways: "I didn't say we should drive this way." If you stress I, you emphasize that taking that route wasn't your idea. On the other hand, if youstress drive, you emphasize the mode of transport. If you don't pay close attention to the words that you stress, you could end up sending acompletely different message than the one you intended. Quick fix:Think about placing added emphasis on the word that is most important to your meaning. You canadd emphasis by lengthening the word, saying it slightly louder and/or changing the pitch of yourvoice slightly. 3. Pronouncing certain consonant sounds incorrectly
 
If people are misunderstanding you, it could very well be due to you confusing what we call'voiced' and 'unvoiced' sounds. You might substitute 'p' for 'b' or 't' for 'd', for example. Thesesounds are so easily confused because their only difference is whether or not you use your voiceto produce them. If you aren't careful, you could be making mistakes like saying 'tuck' for 'duck' or'pay' for 'bay'. Quick fix:Pay attention to how you use your voice when you speak. You should be able to feel the vibrationof your vocal cords when you make voiced sounds (b, d, g, v, z, r, l, m, n, ng, dge, zh, and voicedth). You can also try to make lists of pairs of words that use the sounds you find challenging andpractice repeating those. Record yourself so you can hear whether you're making any progress. 4. Mixing up short and long vowel soundsVowel sounds, like consonant sounds, can also be confused easily. The main problem with vowelshappens when you mix up long and short vowel sounds. For example, the long 'ee' sound in 'seat'with the short 'i' sound in 'sit.' If you confuse these sounds, you end up saying completely differentwords. This can get confusing in conversation and forces people to draw much more from thecontext of your speech than the speech itself. Quick fix:Make practice word lists like the ones you made for the consonant sounds and practice thesounds that are difficult for you. 5. Forgetting to finish your wordsDo you have a tendency to let your word endings drop? I often hear people drop the 'ed' ending offof words in the past tense, for example. This is a dangerous mistake because not only is yourpronunciation wrong, but it also sounds like you're making a grammatical mistake. People could judge you based on this type of error. Quick fix:Do everything you can to articulate your word endings. One exercise that might help is to movethe word ending onto the front of the following word. This will only work if the following word beginswith a vowel sound. For example, try saying 'talk tuh lot' instead of 'talked a lot'. For more on this topic, and other great tips to speaking clearly and confidently, visit the EnglishPronunciation Lab and sign up for the FREE English Pronunciation Short Course.  Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Heather_Hansen 

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