I wanna try to post some language content here. Adding that topic as part of my writing and the things I share on this blog is something I’ve been planning for some time because of my love for languages.
As long as it’s interesting and that I have something valuable to share, here it goes.
So, you’re learning English as your second language, you’re struggling with pronunciation, and you don’t know what to do.
Here are five things you can do:
1. Learn IPA
Not the beer. IPA stands for International Pronunciation Alphabet, and it looks like those weird symbols you see after a word between slashes in most dictionaries.
The IPA is a collection of all the sounds in a language and, together, they form the exact way to pronounce a word. If you learn that, you can learn pronunciation with a dictionary.
I know. Nerdy af, but pretty handy.
2. Listen to the language
Listen to music, audiobooks, podcasts, and radio. Pick the sounds and keep absorbing them until you can reproduce them.
3. Watch movies and series
This is similar to listening to the language but you’re gonna pick other nuances with dialogues in a movie or series episodes.
It’s an excellent opportunity to observe real dialogues without being creepy. Right? As opposed to sitting in a coffee shop and eavesdropping on other people’s conversations?
4. Talk or listen to people on the internet
Call someone on a video or voice call, send them audios, and ask them to reply in audio too.
If you’re an introvert like me, you can also just listen to a live stream on Instagram or silently enter a Clubhouse room.
Try to grasp the way people talk in those situations.
5. Mimic the sounds you hear, then add your voice to them
I guess this is more of an implied thing you should do after doing any of the above, and it sounds kinda obvious, but yea, try to imitate people you listen to or watch or sing first.
Then think of your own voice. How would you mold what your mimicking to fit your voice, your character, the way you speak.
I hope this helps you.