Learn Better English Pronunciation
English is now the international language, which still many people across the world cannot speak but wish to learn. In this case I should say something on English speaking. I’m not so experienced to tell you nearly everything in it, instead I only want to stress pronunciation this time, for it plays an important role in English speaking even though not the essential role.
If you want a good at least understandable pronunciation, you have to practice it very regularly and use the wise strategies with your great patience. Now let’s see some basic things on improving your English pronunciation. First, you should begin with the English alphabet. You have to learn the transcription rules and work out different sounds. Often in English you may notice that lots of words possess similar sounds, which are named “similar sounds” or “pair sounds”.
At this time you need to learn every pair clearly with patience. The way to do it is to use the English transcription to learn them correct pronunciation. And you have to notice that you had better stress those words which seem to be hard for you to pronounce. Maybe you will have different odd problems due to your mother tongue you hold. You see, French learners often have difficulty to speak “th”, Arabic people “p” or “b” and Chinese maybe “r” and “l”. Currently you can easily find many materials instructing you the standard English pronunciation. Certainly using the internet is the best way to find such things for you. And online you may notice Rosetta Stone English, which doesn’t only teach you words, but also show you the standard English pronunciation peopel use today. Then you should not forget stress in each word while you are learning English pronunciation.
You must be informed that each single word possesses its own unique pronunciation and stress. If you choose the correct stress, you may make this word understandable to others listening to you. If you choose the incorrect stress in the particular word, maybe your meaning is difficult for others to see. For instance, “believe” this English word possesses two syllables, showned as “be” and “lieve”. But if you speak it, you should stress the second syllable. If you do the opposite, people will feel odd about your saying. In English we have a habit of putting an apostrophe before the stressed syllable. So then if you meet a new English word, you can check it in your dictionary to see the syllable and then pronounce the word correctly. Even though you think you always have a good surmise of the stress, you shall not use it here, Better, you should check it and learn the most standard one. Yes, if you are using Rosetta Stone, you should ask it to guide your way. Next you should learn some basic knowledge about the bound stress. This often happens to the phrases, sentences, in which such words are embeded. Then you have to learn some rules to speak those words like “our apples”, “Here are” and “we’re” and so on. These are very important in English pronunciation, and so you need to learn them bit ny bit until then you have completely understood them and can use them to express yourself well. Thus I suggest you use them as many times as possible in your daily talk. Another very important rule in stress is for the English sentences. Not all the words in one English sentence should be stressed, but those which give the listeners the most important information of this sentence. So now you should remeber this rule and use it well in your daily communication. Certainly there are all other kinds of rules or skills related to pronunciation. But you need to use your wisdom to discover them yourself then.