Pronunciation, pronunciation

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Slide show showing the most common pitfalls in English pronuciation for non native speakers and why speaking clear English is important and sometimes difficult. It provides some exercises and tips for practice.
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Pronunciation, pronunciation

  1. 1. Fuzzy Wuzzya Tongue Twister for you! Fuzzy Wuzzy Fuzzy Wuzzy Was a bear Fuzzy Wuzzy Had no hair Fuzzy Wuzzy Wasnt very fuzzy Was he?
  2. 2. Pronunciation, Pronunciation• English pronunciation usually learned later in life• English sounds are difficult to pronounce for non-native speakers• Pronunciation is deeply connected to our sense of identity and sense of Self
  3. 3. Why invest in yourEnglish Pronunciation?• Improves communication• Increases status• Brings more money
  4. 4. What keeps us?• Shame, Embarassement & Fear!
  5. 5. The trap of right & wrong thinking• If I get it wrong......• If I get it right......
  6. 6. Check your Beliefs• If I get it right..... I am a good person • If I get it wrong...... • I am a stupid person
  7. 7. Check your Beliefs• If I get it right... I am a competent person• If I get it wrong... I am an incompetent person
  8. 8. Check your Beliefs• If I get it right......I will be accepted and respected• If I get it wrong...I am unworthy of respect
  9. 9. Check your Beliefs• If I get it right...... I am likeable & lovable• If I get it wrong..I am unlikeable & unloveable
  10. 10. Check your Beliefs• If I get it right......I am a cool person• If I get it wrong...I am a klutz
  11. 11. Check your Beliefs• If I get it right......I will make money• If I get it wrong... I will be poor
  12. 12. Check your Beliefs• If I get it right...... I am a powerful person• If I get it wrong......I am a weakling
  13. 13. Check your Beliefs• If I get it right.....I am a succes• If I get it wrong......I am a loser
  14. 14. Check your Beliefs• If I get it right.....I will not suffer & die• If I get it wrong......I will suffer and die
  15. 15. Check your Beliefs• If I get it right......• If I get it wrong...
  16. 16. What keeps us from investingin refining our pronunciation? Outdated beliefs!
  17. 17. Empty your mind
  18. 18. Letting go of Beliefs• allow yourself to make ‘mistakes’• adopt a playful attitude to learning and practice• have fun with the sounds, the mouth and tongue & lip exercises• enjoy the process
  19. 19. Pronunciation Challenges• Dutch - th becomes du - de, dat, dose• French - th becomes ze - the, that, those• German - th becomes zie - ze, zat, zose• Chinese - r becomes l - loom, led, lale, loal• Spanish - v becomes b - very - berry, vivacious - bibacious, vibrant - bibrant, valentine - ballentine• Russian - l becomes ll lie - llie, love - llove
  20. 20. The five A’s of Articulation & Diction  your actions• Awareness of the problem; how am I saying it? listen to yourself• Acceptance of the problem; yes, I am saying it! mental switch• Adjustments in the way you shape the sounds; study the correct pronunciation, study and practice self study or coaching• Attention to breathing, pacing and posture; take time to let the sounds roll of the tongue, slow down, stand erect and ground yourself prepare and create the right conditions each time you speak• Application of all of the above practice - practice - practice
  21. 21. Anatomy of Speech 1 GUTTERAL — the back of the tongue good - great - gigantic - kind - cow 2 PALATAL — the flat of the tongue language - light - laughter 3 CEREBRAL — the roof of the mouth top - tickle - terrific - 4 DENTAL — the tip of the tongue the - that - neat - 5 LABIAL — lipshttp://americansanskrit.com mom - bare - very - fuzzy - pan
  22. 22. Methods for Improving• Analysis: record your voice; make an inventory of the problem areas• When unsure of correct pronunciation listen to the word being pronounced and repeat the words Merriam Webster Dictionary The Visual Thesaurus• Study words with similar sounds but subtle differences
  23. 23. English Sounds; Word Pairstheir - there phase - fazeneat - need ship - sheepfade - fate walk - workrug - rock lettuce - lettershat - head face - faithlife - live very - wearydead - debt bug - buck
  24. 24. How Much Wood? A tongue twisterHow much woodwould a woodchuck chuckif a woodchuckcould chuck wood?He would chuckas much woodas a woodchuck could chuck
  25. 25. Resources• Starfall• Visual Thesaurus• Merriam Webster Dictionary• Laat je passie spreken!• Splendid Speaking• Pronuncian

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