Pronunciation Skill


Learn the phonetic alphabet.

List words that have the same sound add to the lists as you learn more words.

For example words that rhyme with me:-

Work on one problem sound at a time. Read slowly concentrating on the pronunciation of particular words. Record yourself, keep the tape and record yourself later, have you improved? Don't be shy - ask a friend to listen to the tape too.

Don't worry about sounding like a native, it is more important to speak clearly and pleasantly than it is to sound like the Queen.

The most important thing to think about is can people understand you? If you have a problem being understood then find someone who speaks English clearly and try to mimic their accent.

Talk to friends who are also learning English. Go out together for coffee and only speak English to each other!

Find native English speaking friends:-

  • You can find ePals on the Internet!
  • Visit an Irish/English/Australian theme pub. Often, the waiters and waitresses come from English-speaking countries, the menu is often in English too!
  • You can find pen pals through specialist magazines. See our Resources Page for details of a few.
  • Join an English club or conversation group. Around the world there are many English speaking clubs, these clubs aren't just for expats but for people interested in the English way of life. They are friendly and fun. For a list of English clubs click here. Check magazines as well as your phone book, your local newspaper and your local university. Or if there isn't one in your area - start one! Place an advertisement in your newspaper for people interested in starting a group or go to Meetup Facebook.

Every week I run an English conversation group on Pal Talk - that way you get to speak to me and to other learners and native speakers.


The sounds of English
There is a system of symbols for writing the sounds of English. We have a guide to these symbols and also videos to show how to pronounce each of the sounds.

There are also activities to practise identifiying the difference between certain sounds which may sound similar.

Features of English

Information about different elements of English pronunciation.

There are also interactive and downloadable exercises to help you build your understanding of these areas.

Interactive quizzes to test your knowledge of and help you learn about English pronunication.

Three radio programmes from 2005 on the topic of pronunciation. You can download the full programmes along with the script and audio examples.
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