1 Simple Trick for Pronouncing long English words! (Video with bonus slides)

long words pronunciation

Do you have difficulty pronouncing LONG English words? Watch my video and 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. 

English pronunciation tip


What’s a syllable?

learn what a syllable is in the English alphabet


If your 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 does the word “pronunciation” have?
5!
PRO-NUN-CI-A-TION
One, two, three, four, five.


Five syllables.


Now let’s think about the word artificial. 

How many syllables? 
This word has 4 beats. 
AR-TI-FI-CIAL


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 webpage. You can get the meaning of new words and listen to how they sound. I use it often with my private students. There’s a link to this site below.

Try using this simple technique the next time you are having difficulty pronouncing a long English word.

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