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I need to improve my pronounciation



pfreites
Argentina

I need to improve my pronounciation
 
Hello teachers!
                        I have a young girl in 3rd year, secondary school, who has already arrived from California after having lived there for 6 years. Today I taught her for the first time and she constantly checked my pronounciation. I havenīt had the opportunity to travel abroad to improve my fluidity and sounds. Here, in my town, there are not many opportunities to practice speaking with a native speaker. Really, I felt ashamed.
So, my question is: Do you know any course, maybe on-line, that can help me get a better pronounciation?
Thanks a lot!!       Embarrassed
 

10 Mar 2009      



nayomby
Mexico

There are some good videos in You Tube. The Sounds of Engligh by the BBC. They use different examples and they are short. I don īt have the exact URL but I think they will be easy to find.
 
I hope it is useful!

10 Mar 2009     



ameliarator
United States

It īs so difficult when students question you! (It used to happen with me and grammar when I first started.)  I had a student with great pronunciation and she said she practiced every day by listening to a book/the news/material for dictation, and reading aloud from the transcript at the same time.  If you want to do this you could try:

http://www.npr.org/templates/archives/archive.php?thingId=1101

which has free transcripts and lets you pause or go back with the audio.

Another useful website is:
http://international.ouc.bc.ca/pronunciation/

Also, I don īt know how it works, but I know that some people use Skype to connect with people in other countries to practice a language.

A good idea might be to focus on your problem sounds; in my experience Spanish speakers make the most mistakes with: "th," worlds starting and ending in "s," "ch" versus "sh," "y" versus "j," "b" versus "v," and long and short vowel sounds ("stick" versus "steak" for example)  These may not be a problem for you at all, but it īs a place to start.

Good luck!

10 Mar 2009     



xiles31
China

Hi!  Another suggestion: find and download "English pronunciation in use" as a torrent file (using bittorent or other); the size of the file is about 250Mb, in includes a book and 4 cd īs. The book is just brilliant; i use it almost everyday to help my Chinese students correct their mistakes.

If you can īt find the link, ask me again.

Good luck!

11 Mar 2009     



Tere-arg
Argentina

Hi...

I have sent you a private message.

11 Mar 2009     



pfreites
Argentina

Thanks a lot for your answers Iīd take into account all of them.

kisses Thumbs Up

11 Mar 2009     



crashid
Peru

I also need help with my pronunciation.
I īd like to request you if you could send me some of the links that our collegues send you to your private message.

Thanks in advance.

11 Mar 2009     



crashid
Peru

I Would like to tell you that you can use that student who just came from use as a resource for teaching pronunciation and to help improving your own English.

I know when drilling words or drilling chunks, she can lead the groups for repeating the words.

Try to think how useful she can be for your class. Think possitive. We should also recognize we are not natives, but we can be like one if we work hard. Students also should know we are human beings, we have mistakes all the time.

11 Mar 2009