American Pronunication

Do you worry about your pronunciation? 

Do you have problems understanding what people tell you?

Is it difficult to distinguish between some sounds? 

Is it difficult to produce some sounds? 

If you started to learn English after age 13, you probably have an accent. Learning a new language means teaching your tongue, teeth, and mouth to move in different ways than “normal”. Children understand languages quickly. They don’t have an accent. Adults learn differently. If you learn a language as an adult, you will probably always have an accent. This is normal. Don’t worry about trying to sound 100% American when you talk. Having an accent is part of who you are. It is part of your identity. So don’t worry if you speak with an accent.

However, just because you will never get rid of your accent doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try to correct your pronunciation! You should always try to speak clearly so people understand you. Many sounds in English are similar, and need to be practiced!

For example: “cheese” and “she’s” may sound similar to you. But really, they are different. They begin with different sounds.

I recommend that you visit this website. On the left, there is a list of “minimal pairs.” “Minimal pairs” are words that sound similar in English, like “lake” and “rake” or “hat” and “hot.”

Click on the “minimal pair” that you want to study. You can click on the word to hear how to pronounce it.

If you need more pronunciation activities, please let me know!

Good luck!

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