How to Pronounce Words Correctly and Clearly is discussed in this article with points listed and explained. You will find this helpful.
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For those of us who do not have the English Language as our Mother tongue, we often run into challenges when we try to speak or pronounce the words of the English language.
This leads to the perpetual mispronunciation of some of these words and in turn, we may be unable to express ourselves properly when reading a text in the language.
The good news is that you do not necessarily have to receive a formal education before you are able to pronounce some basic words in the English Language.
In this article, we will show you some practical steps that you can take to improve your skills in pronouncing some of those difficult words of the English Language as well as those easy words that appear tricky.
1. Know the Spelling
Most English words that we speak on a daily basis would have been properly pronounced if we at least knew how they are spelled.
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Do not just assume that you can spell the words correctly because some words in the English Language do not really sound as they are spelled and vice versa.
Get a very good dictionary and always refer to it when you are in doubt about the spelling of a particular word in the English Language.
2. Try pronouncing the words correctly
If you found a new word in a book or publication or even if you heard someone say the word, try to pronounce the word correctly several times, it will help.
The truth is that if you really want to know how to pronounce any word when you get a hold of the pronunciation, rehearse it severally until it becomes a part of your vocabulary.
3. Listen to Good Speakers
How you speak the English Language is often a reflection of those we have been listening to. As long as you keep listening to people who are not pronouncing the words correctly, you will have challenges with the pronunciation of these words.
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Social media has brought the whole world very close to us, if you want to be very good at pronouncing English words, get accustomed to listening to very good English Speakers, and best of all, you can listen to the owners of the language, it would help you a great deal.
You should also imitate when these good speakers speak. No one may have the time to seat you down and teach you how to pronounce these words, if you hear them speak, imitate them immediately. That is why it is aforementioned that you should listen to good speakers.
5. Use the Media
The media has provided a lot of shows where the English Language is spoken. Even in the choice of Movies, you see and the music you listen to, they should be ones that have a good pronunciation so that you would not end up imitating something else.
There are a variety of TV shows, movies, and music videos that would boost your pronunciation skills if you allow yourself.
Conclusively, in your quest to correct pronunciation, it is quite imperative to note that there are two types of English that are spoken here in Nigeria; (i) British and (ii) American. Take note of their differences and learn alongside them.