Do you have difficulty pronouncing LONG English words? Read my blog post and watch the video at the bottom of this page. Learn a simple way to help your pronunciation. Improve your pronunciation and improve your English understanding.
One of my students was reading an English advertisement for fruit juice. The advertisement said the juice has no artificial colors or flavors.
Artificial was hard to pronounce for my student. Anytime one of my students has trouble pronouncing a longer word, I always break it down into syllables.
What’s a syllable?
A syllable is a unit of sound that a word is divided into, with a vowel sound and usually one or more consonants.
Vowel – a, e, i, o, u
Consonant – b, c, d, f, etc. [the rest of the alphabet]
If you think of it like music, one syllable is one beat.
The word Dave has 1 beat. – one syllable
The word English has 2 beats. – two syllables
The word Syllables has 3 beats. – three syllables
Thinking about pronunciation this way has been very helpful for my students.
“Dave taught me how to improve my English pronunciation using syllables.”
How many beats (syllables) does the word “pronunciation” have? 5
PRO – NUN – CI – A – TION
One, two, three, four, five.
Now let’s think about the word artificial.
How many syllables?
This word has 4 beats.
AR – TI – FI – CIAL
Counting syllables for new words
If you read a new word that you want to listen to so you can hear the correct pronunciation, I suggest the Oxford Advanced Learner’s dictionary web page.
You can get the meaning of new words and listen to how they sound. I use it often with my private students. This site also has simple English definitions for new words.
*When I learn a new word in Japanese I find it’s better to understand the meaning using other Japanese words or images. Just doing a direct translation into your native language doesn’t help you remember the meaning later on when you want to use it again.
Try using this simple technique the next time you are having difficulty pronouncing a long English word.
More help for Pronouncing long English words
Watch the video and listen to the sounds.
Listening is one of the most important parts of your English study.
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