Pronunciation can be the ghost that haunts your conversational success. Do people ask you again and again to repeat yourself? It is probably because they don’t understand your pronunciation, which may be because of a misplaced stress or a change in the sound of your words. Either way if you practice your pronunciation actively you can increase the likelihood that you will be understood which will increase your confidence as a language learner. You should have a level of speech that helps the innocent hearer understand without undue stress despite occasional errors. Also, people will vary in how well they can understand another English speaker according to their own variety of English. So, it might not be you, all the time causing the misunderstanding. The listener also has a responsibility in the speech act to be receptive and open to your message. The same way that if you throw a ball, you want someone to catch it. Therefore practicing your pronunciation is doing your part in the language game. There is a Soundcloud clip to practice pronunciation and listen to the lesson.
The stress exercise answers are: 2, PROduce 3, conTRACT 4, proJECT 5, CONflict 6, perFECT 7, adDRESS Answers to sound pronunciation: tank, dad, chunk, laugh, sue, bag. Below is a link to a youtube video on pronunciation tips. Enjoy!
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ANNABELLE B-BAUMANN, Communication Coach
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