5 tips to improve your pronunciation

by IDP IELTS — July 8th, 2020

Pronunciation can be difficult for some of us because of intonation, emphasis, letters that need to be read long or short, and many more. The first rule is to practice hard to have a correct and fluent English pronunciation. Pronunciation is the most important part of your Speaking marking. Let’s take a look at these five tips to improve your pronunciation before taking the Speaking test.

Don’t prepare in your room

Do you prepare for IELTS in your room and online? While this is not a bad way, there are better ways to improve your English speaking skills.

Get out of the room, do your preparation in the real world. Study grammar by talking to your friends or family. Try watching or listening to daily news in English only. Or chit chat with people in shops, buses or other public places. The formula is very simple; the more you speak, the better your pronunciation will be.

Practice the pronunciation of sounds that are not in your native language 

Languages are not consistent in their voices. In other languages, there may be voices that are not available in your native language. For example, in Japan, the sounds ‘I’ and ‘R’ are the same. This means that many Japanese people have trouble pronouncing words such as “lice” and “rice” where these letters are interchangeable. Or in Arabic, the letters ‘B’ and ‘P’ are similar, so distinguishing between ‘pat’ and ‘bat’ can be difficult for people who speak Arabic. The key here is to find these missing sounds in your language and practice.

Make it fun

Watching music videos and singing with your friends is a fun activity as well as a great way to learn English and improve your pronunciation. Singing helps you use toning and stress correctly, also adds energy and spirit to your speech. It will also help you to improve your vocabulary and listening skills.

For perfect pronunciation: repeat, repeat, repeat 

Doing the same exercises over and over again while doing sports can make your muscles more coordinated and increase muscle strength. The same can be said to practice English. The more you speak, the better your speaking skills will improve. You might think this is repetitive and boring, but adding repetition exercises to your work plan can really help you improve your pronunciation. Find a pronunciation app where you can practice sounds in a fun and quiet room, so repeat, repeat, repeat as loud as you want.

Learn the physiology of speaking english

Visualization is a great way to learn something. Some of the best university students in the world and the best Olympic athletes in the world say that visualization really helps them succeed. So what is visualization?

Visualization is using your imagination to see that you have completed an action. For example, before a match, a soccer player will close his eyes and imagine that he scored a goal. He sees that he plays well in imagination and hit the ball. So how can this method be applied while learning a language? How can you visualize the speech?

To speak a language, you need to use certain muscles. Every time you make a sound, you use certain muscle movements. To apply this to speech, you will need a diagram or animation showing which muscle is making which sound. For example, to make ‘s’ sound, you take your tongue behind your upper teeth and the air flows through your teeth.

There are many pronunciation apps that show and teach you how to make the sound.

Practicing these five tips will help you improve your pronunciation and speak clear and natural English in IELTS Speaking test. It will also take you one step closer to the IELTS score you need to improve your pronunciation and achieve your work, education or immigration goals.

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