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English pronunciation Hello everyone! I can`t understand spoken English. Especially when they say 'gh', 'th' and other mute sounds. And some words just are swallowed ... I tried to listen to a radio, TV, this is hard for me to perceive English pronunciation. What can you advise?Thanks all for your advice. The main difficulty for me it`s not my pronunciation but pronunciation of English interlocutor.
Jun 2, 2010 8:53 PM
Answers · 4
Ok, here's the good news: homophones (words that sound alike) aren't as common as one thinks. Which means, for example, words with silent letters, eg. "gh", normally don't sound like any other word. Night, fright, ought, though, etc all use the silent gh (and have a long vowel), but there's no other words they sound like. And for an example like "eight/ate" (identical sound), you work it out from context: "I ate eight" makes sense; "I eight ate" makes very little sense. For the rest... well it is a case of getting to know the word's spelling and pronunciation. If you can read the dialogue while you hear it, that will help a lot. Follow the spelling only as far as it is useful. Trying to follow it to a perfect logical confusion is what confuses students.
June 3, 2010
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June 2, 2010
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June 3, 2010
Try the following: "th" sound: 1. Touch the tip of your tongue to the bottom of your upper teeth. 2. Try to force a puff of air through your upper teeth. "gh" makes several sounds, depending on the word; if you are referring to the one that sounds like "f" as in "tough", try this: 1. Touch your bottom lip to the bottom of your upper teeth. 2. Try to force a puff of air through your upper teeth. Hope this helps!
June 2, 2010
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