By Ela Britchkow, Speech Therapist, American Accent Specialist
It may not seem fair, but getting high grades in English second language classes, even from top rated schools, does not guarantee you will speak English understandably. Few English as a Second Language (ESL) programs provide the necessary help and training required to establish truly functional English pronunciation skills.This often surprises many students who fail
English proficiency exams, for entrance into work and study programs in the United States. So stop putting yourself down and feeling rejected and sullen. Just because the English classes you took focused mainly on learning vocabulary, grammar, reading with pronunciation skills given little attention , doesn't mean you are doomed to never pronouncing English well or have difficulty being understood. My pronouncing American English program begins where conventional English programs finish and is specifically designed to improve your spoken English. I will also provide you with specialized pronunciation practice, so you will always speak your best.
Speaking English fluently, clear and correctly can keep you from feeling sullen and rejected, underemployed or unemployed.
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Some of you have asked for more words to pronounce. Here is an earlier blog that I published “Do you Mix Up These Words?” that provides extra needed practice with tricky to pronounce English words. English is, perhaps, the least phonetic of all languages, with approximately half of the words pronounced differently than the way they look. So listening for sound differences for correct pronunciation often provides a more useful guide to learn from than a word's spelling. You can get a lot of stream-lined and relevant help with English pronunciation with my American Accent Software program. It focuses on the English sounds that are typically mispronounced by speakers of your primary language.
By Ela Britchkow, Speech and Language Pathologist ©2018 Ela Britchkow