English is spoken and written worldwide by more people than any other language. For native English speakers, pronunciation comes easily, however, for those learning the language, English can prove extremely difficult. English is not a phonetic language, meaning that a word is not always said the way it is spelled. For this reason, it is important to hear, see and repeat English words in order to fully grasp their pronunciations.
Obtain an English tutor who can work one-on-one with you. Tutors can converse naturally with you while correcting any mispronunciations or misunderstandings. Listen to and watch a native English speaker talk to help you learn proper pronounciation.
Learn the sounds of English letters and words using a phonetic alphabet chart. Look at the spelling, listen to the pronunciation, then repeat the sound yourself. Practice this until you commit the sounds to memory.
Watch pronunciation videos to learn the proper mouth formation for English sounds. Some sounds such as "th" are not present in other languages and require a very specific tongue and mouth placement. Watch video clips to learn how to make these sounds and repeat until successful.
Join an English club, English as a Second Language (ESL) group or ask an English speaking friend to join you for an outing. Practice your English pronunciation with others by listening, speaking, repeating, learning proper usages and receiving constructive criticism.
- Ask your local ESL school to browse and use their resources. Most schools offer audio or video courses, tools and translators for their students.
Ava Perez cut her journalism teeth in 2005 while balancing her university studies with a voracious appetite for fashion, music and beauty. Her music reviews, interviews and editorials have been published in numerous magazines worldwide. She specializes in writing beauty, health and fitness-related articles for various websites. Perez holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from York University.