Pronunciation is at the core of learning the English language. The right intonation creates an excellent first impression among the listeners, and passing the message becomes easier. But learning to say particular words correctly is not always as easy as it may seem. Regardless, here are some fun ways to learn pronunciation for English learners.
Singing makes you relax and brings some kind of excitement into the English learning process. In particular, it helps with rhythm and intonation. You don’t have to stress about constructing sentences by yourself. All you have to do is to sing along to common English songs while focusing on making the pronunciations sound as perfect.
There are various time-tested methods of improving the pronunciation of English words, and among them are tongue twisters. Strange as it may sound, tongue twisters allow your sound organs to get accustomed to the unfamiliar way of talking.
Some of the examples of tongue twisters include the following.
- How much wood would a woodchuck chuck?
- She sells seashells on the seashore.
- Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. How many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?
- She saw Sharif’s shoes on the sofa. But was she so sure those were Sharif’s shoes she saw?
You can get a few of your friends and practice with the tongue twisters. If you get it right several times, then you are definitely on the right track. Keep at it.
If you are afraid to make mistakes, you can practice at home by yourself and improve on some of the problematic areas. Pronunciation is a skill that only gets better with time, and of course, with a lot of practice.
Practice answering some questions and record yourself. You can then go back and listen to yourself and pick out the areas that need improvement. Put some particular focus on the intonation and try to stress it as the natives do.