Does pronunciation get you down in English? Do you need help with your speaking? You are not alone. With more than 8 million people and counting who have seen my videos, the most common question I get from everyone around the world is, “how can I improve my speaking?”. You asked for help and I am answering back with a video to show you how you can create your own notation style to remember how to pronounce long tricky words effortlessly. I base my tips on my own personal experience learning French, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and Russian. You need to make the pronunciation of new words like a game, just as a child makes a game of it. If not, you are going to fall asleep 1 minute after you start training. If you feel you can learn through phonetic alphabets, lucky you. I have had so many one-to-one students come to me after studying at the top English schools of their country who still couldn’t get their pronunciation right.
Confusing Phonetic Alphabets
Learning new words in English is hard enough without having to learn an entire new phonetic alphabet on top of that. Oh please! Even advanced of fluency students struggle with finding the right word to say in English. Do you think “in the heat of the moment” they’re going to remember the phonetic alphabet? My answer is why bother. You can try and find ways to spell out the pronunciation of any word in English with the English alphabet period! You don’t need to follow any pattern, make it up yourself. Let’s take a few examples!
Many students struggle with the following word: “culture”
What’s the problem here? When in many other languages the “u” sound sounds like “ewe”. That’s the sound we make when we feel repulsed by something. “Ewe” that’s gross!!!
But we don’t say C+EWE+L+CHURE, we say C+AH+L+CHURE.
How about another example: world
Oh this is a classic pain in the neck for my students. So break it apart: were +old
Can you say “were”? Sure you can! Can you say “old”? Sure!
So put them far apart at first: were……..old, then closer: were…..old, then closer:were…old
were..old, then wereold. If you are still having problems, try practicing the “rl” sound as in “girl” and you should get the hang of it.
If you have many problems with syllable stress with long words in English, you might not be understood by native speakers. This can be very frustrating to say the least. So I have given you some tips once again based on my 20 years of teaching experience so please take advantage of it. It’s all laid out in the video so enjoy!