Do you want to work on your pronunciation?
Have you read something recently?
Have you ever recorded and listened to yourself speaking English?!
(Not an easy thing to do, I know, but definitely worth it!)
Try this activity to work on aspects of your pronunciation:
1. Take a paragraph of a text you have read and understand fully. Read it aloud and record yourself on your phone/computer.
2. Listen to yourself and think how to improve it.
a) Any sounds you could improve?
- consonants like ‘th’ / θ /, / ð / final consonants in a word,
- vowels long or short, dipthongs (the double sounds), the schwa / É™ /
b) Any stress you could improve?
- in individual words
- in sentences
c) Are you pausing and breathing in the right place?
- notice punctuation , . () ; ....
d) Are you changing the speed and volume?
- quicker and slower
- louder and quieter
e) Are you linking the sounds?
- consonants to vowels
- vowels to vowels with / r / , / w / , / j /
f) Is your voice going up and down in the right places?
- e.g. up mid sentence, down at the end of a sentence.
3. Make notes on things to improve and record and listen to yourself again and (again?) until you are happy with the improvement.