Pronunciation

English is not Phonetic

Pronunciation” refers to the way a word or a language is usually spoken, or the manner in which someone utters a word. If someone said to have “correct pronunciation,” then it refers to both within a particular dialect.

A word can be spoken in different ways by various individuals or groups, depending on many factors, such as:

1.  the area in which they grew up

2. the area in which they now live

3. if they have a speech or voice disorder

4.  their ethnic group

5.  their social class

6. their education

watch the following videos to better understand what we mean exactly by pronunciation.

Introducation to pronunciation

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpWcXTnJ1w0 

And now watch this video about sounds of English.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlJRWNGmg_Q

Always remember that English is not “phonetic”. That means that we do not always say a word the same way that we spell it.

Some words can have the same spelling but different pronunciation, for example:

 I like to read [ri:d]      [audio:http://www.english-efl.com/wp-content/uploads/like-read.mp3|titles=like-read]

I have read [red] that book.     [audio:http://www.english-efl.com/wp-content/uploads/have-read.mp3|titles=have-read]

 Some words have different spelling but the same pronunciation, for example:

  • I have read [red] that book.        [audio:http://www.english-efl.com/wp-content/uploads/have-read.mp3|titles=have-read]
  • · My favourite colour is red [red].    [audio:http://www.english-efl.com/wp-content/uploads/colour-red.mp3|titles=colour-red]

Now we move to  discovers English sounds:

1- [intlink id=”492″ type=”post”]Consonants[/intlink]

2- [intlink id=”390″ type=”post”]Practice consonants[/intlink]

3- [intlink id=”381″ type=”post”]Vowels[/intlink]

4- [intlink id=”545″ type=”post”]Practice Vowels[/intlink]

We recommend to visit the follwoing sites to better improve your pronunciation:

  1. fonetiks

  2. Okanagan College

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