Good English pronunciation will get people to listen to you! Improving your spoken English is simple, fun and so easy to do.
Here are some tips on how you can improve your pronunciation – without any extra effort.
Choose someone with an accent you like.
Whose accent do you like? Do you like the former American President, Bill Clinton, or the famous Australian Pop princess Kylie Minogue or the British Actor Hugh Grant?
It’s fun to listen to voices of people you like. So, listen to them A LOT and pay attention to how they pronounce words. Then try and practice speaking like them.
Listen to English as much as you can.
Listen to English talk shows and songs on the radio. Watch English TV shows, YouTube movies and cinema films – without reading the subtitles. Listen to English songs on your computer and mp3 player.
Surround yourself with as much English as possible.
Practice speaking in the shower!
Practice, Practice, Practice! Don’t sing in the shower, speak – and speak a lot!
Repeat things that you heard during the day and talk to yourself. I am sure you are a great listener. In the shower no one can hear you, no one will laugh if you sound funny, and the water is your friend!
Just like riding a bike, playing an instrument and drawing a picture – the more you practice, the better you’ll get!
Record yourself, listen and then record – again and again and again!
Get to know your voice, listen to how you speak, how you pronounce words – and help yourself improve.
Prepare the text in advance, record yourself on your MP3 or mobile phone and then listen carefully to how you sound.
This is great practice!
Speak clearly; say each word clearly to the end.
Speaking is great!
But it’s even more important to be understood, so take your time and make sure to speak clearly, so that people can understand you.
You can also improve your English right from your computer. Here is a tool that helps you practice your pronunciation in a ‘Speaking Lab'. All you need, in addition to your computer, is access to the internet, a speaker and microphone!