PRONUNCIATION HELP

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  • What can you do to help you with Pronunciation when speaking.

Notice the stress

When you learn a new word, always try to notice which syllable is stressed. For example, in the word ‘Kaffee‘, the syllable -fee– is emphasized. If you are a visual learner it will help you to underline the emphasised part. If you are an auditory learner it will help you to say it out loud. Getting the stress right is very important. If you put the stress on the wrong syllable, listeners may not be able to understand you.

Speed and fluency aren’t the same

Many students of foreign languages think that native speakers talk very quickly, and try to do the same. If you find that your listeners are having some difficulty understanding you, it could be because you are speaking too quickly.

Try to slow down a little and concentrate on stressing the meaning-carrying words in your sentence.

Make up your own personal sound hook –  http://forvo.com/ – pronunciation dictionary

To rewire your ears to hear new sounds, you need to listen to them. Pick a sound that you find difficult and get as close as possible to the target language sound, making up your own personal ‘sound hook.’ When you go through this cycle, your ears adapt, and the foreign sounds of a new language will rapidly become familiar and recognizable.

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