Asked • 05/29/19

Fun and enjoyable ways to practice pronunciation?

English is not my native language and I'm really proud of being able to write it quite well. I have lots of problems with pronunciation though. In Finnish most words are pronounced the same as they are written and I've made a huge mistake by learning only how the words are written. I've now decided to become at least average speaker. I'd like hear to better/more enjoyable ways to practice pronunciation than violently forcing my friends to speak English with me.

Vanita L.

Hello great question. First off congratulations for learning a language successfully!! There are many ways to practice pronunciation. You can listen to podcasts and try to pronounce the words similar to them. You can also find out where your tongue is being placed when you say certain letters. Watch how you speak in the mirror and where your tongue is placed. That makes a big difference.


Katherine T.

I use the Storycorps podcasts, which are only a few minutes long. Listen and then print the transcripts and record yourself. Give a tutor or friend the printed page and your recording and just have them highlight the areas they think you need to improve. Then practice changing those words. Make sense?


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