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Take a few minutes to watch this funny video and see if you can hear the pronunciation problems.
In addition to the grammar issues. Did you hear the problems in the following areas: syllable stress and incorrect vowel sounds?
According to ESL instructor Alex Case, many students try to speak at exactly the same speed and rhythm as an audio clip. Next time you are listening to an audio clip, turned down the sound in the middle of the recording while you continue to speak to see if a still in time when the sound is turned back up.
In addition to speaking as much English as possible, it is equally important to start focusing on a native English speakers’ accent. When you are watching North American movies or programs on TV pay attention to how the native English speaker moves their mouth. What do you notice? North Americans move their mouths a lot! Do you move your mouth a lot when you speak English? Or do you tend to speak with a closed mouth? Take a few minutes and look in the mirror while you speak. If your lips are fairly closed, try to open up your mouth when you are speaking by dropping your jaw.
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Pronunciation Tip #1
Practice speaking English as much as possible and don't be afraid of making mistakes! Try to speak English for at least 8 hours a day. If that sounds like too much start small. I always encourage my students to start off with an hour a day. If you have other family member that you can talk to, try speaking English for an hour during dinner. Or, if you are enjoy watching TV program with family members or friends, try speaking English only during the commercials. If you don’t have someone to speak to at home, find an English conversation class at your local library. Remember, native English speakers make mistakes too. The more you practice speaking English the more you will improve your pronunciation and confidence!