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English pronunciation
I have no confidence in learning English. The teacher always says that my pronunciation is wrong. What should I do?
May 27, 2020 5:16 AM
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Hi ^O^

There are many ways to improve pronunciation these days, here are a few:

  • As some of the other tutors suggest recording your voice as there are many apps for this these days, you speak English and get a teacher to go over it and then to give you advice. Alternatively the teacher can record their voice, and you have to repeat and you can also practise repeating until it's similar.

  • Also you can get a teacher to help with reading or saying certain sentences or phrases while online with a teacher and you can put the camera close up, so the teacher can explain how to put your lips, tongue, where to put pressure on different parts of your mouth, if the sound comes more from the throat etc, for the words you are having most difficulty with. Your teacher can read the same words so you can watch him or her and copy, repeating till you get it right.

  • You can listen to guided readers online and podcasts and Utube videos, depending on your current level, and in that way you can hear how the words are pronounced and how different words are joined together, weak and strong forms etc.

Having confidence in yourself is important too, so I'd say it would be better to have a teacher that encourages you and breaks up the tasks/ learning skills you want to work on into small pieces and step by step you'll start improving......

I hope this helps:)
May 27, 2020
I think its good that you have someone to correct your mistakes. Keep on practising and follow the recommendation given by your teacher. It definitey takes time to improve. Just hang in there!
May 27, 2020
Well, you could either get a new teacher, or perhaps simply fix your pronunciation! Just kidding. Maybe you just need to work on your confidence. Seriously, though, books have been written on the subject, but if you’re looking for more than general advice, if you want real help, you’re going to have to at a least upload some audio for us to hear your English. Vocaroo is very easy to use — you don’t need to sign up or anything. Just record or upload audio, copy the link, and paste it into an italki discussion.

https://vocaroo.com/

For a few words of general advice, you can read the description for my course, “American Accent Mastery — Near native speaking and LISTENING skills — see description!” (You’ll find it on my teacher profile.)

Good luck, and feel free to inbox me when you've posted the audio, as I'd be happy to give it a listen.

May 27, 2020
Here's how I do it (but I'm not a professional, so take it with a grain of salt):
Approach pronounciation like learning to play a musical instrument. Listen to phrases/words spoken by native speakers and then record yourself saying the same phrases/words. Listen to the recordings very carefully and use your ear to discern where and how the way you said it differs from the native speaker. Record yourself again and listen to see if you managed to get a little closer to pronounciation of the native speaker. Keep repeating this (it takes a lot practice!) until the "melody" and "feel" of the language get deeper in your ear and mouth, respectively.
May 27, 2020
Correct pronunciation is not something that can be learned over night (super quickly). Don't give up. Keep practicing. With time, it will get easier.
May 27, 2020
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Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English
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English