It is frustrating to fail the exam on such a small reason for not passing. This makes you think about what else you need to work on your pronunciation. In this article, we’d like to offer some useful tips which will help you correct your pronunciation when studying PTE Speaking.
Way 1: Analyze your way of pronouncing words
Have you ever found it difficult to pronounce words even when you do know the correct way to pronounce those words? This is because you are concentrating on communicating rather than your sound. A great way to eliminate this problem is to record your voice and listen to the recording later. You can analyze how you are doing in terms of pronunciation and improve on the same.
Way 2: Mirror reflects yourself really well!
Another great way to analyze yourself is to stand in front of the mirror and speak your words. Watch your mouth and tongue movement, it’s all in the way you speak. For example, the difference between ‘thing’ and ‘this’ is the different positions of your tongue and your teeth. For ‘thing’, the very tip of the tongue comes through the teeth and you blow the air through your teeth, and for ‘this’, the tongue touches your top teeth, and you pull your tongue in and push air out.
Way 3: How to correct your pronunciation?
You can always search it on google or youtube like: “How to speak/ pronounce “the”?” or “How to pronounce the word “o” in British?”, there are several good youtube channels I want to show to you which are English with Lucy; Rachel’s English; Pronunciation with Emma, Learn English with TV series and a lot of interesting channels on Youtube. Or if you prefer a podcast, I highly recommend you those of BBC, the high quality audio will definitely help you with your pronunciation.
Way 4: Fast isn’t Fluent
Many of us confuse fluency in a language with how fast we can speak that language. That is incorrect. The reason behind mentioning this is that speaking fast often results in wrong pronunciation. So slow down and relax, take your time with your words. Think, breathe and speak.
Way 5: Break it into syllable
This is a very helpful tip and it brings you an amazing result if you consistently do it. For example the word “syllable,” has three syllables: syl-la-ble. Breaking words into small parts can make them easier to pronounce. Every syllable should have at least one vowel: a, e, i, o, u, y. This is an easier way to remember the pronunciation of longer words. You are also able to determine which part of the word you are pronouncing wrong and work specifically on it.
Way 6: Intonation & Stress
In simple words, some part of the words is more important than the other and you need to emphasize that by stressing it. The way you intonate the word can change its whole meaning. For example, address. When you say ‘ADDress’, it’s indicated you are talking about a place and when you say ‘addRESS’, it’s the verb used when talked about speaking to someone. The same also works with whole sentences and paragraphs.
Way 7: Sing a song
Singing could be a fun little activity to learn English in general. Learn the words to any English songs and sing along. Singing helps you in intonation and making the words easier. You are not concentrating on constructing things to say so, you have plenty of time to make your pronunciation sound great! You can also read aloud books if singing isn’t your thing.
And that’s some ways you can practice for better pronunciation. They really come in useful if you apply them to your studying and doing the test.
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