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Why pronunciation is very important

Pronunciation is the most important and difficult problem that non-native English speakers have to face when studying English. Improper pronunciation can lead to negative impression, misunderstanding and ineffective communication. This article is written to show you some negative impacts of poor pronunciation and to provide you with some tips for the improvement.

Negative impression

When you talk to people in the real life, your pronunciation is the first thing they notice during a conversation. In everyday communication, you usually do not have to use many complicated words, so your limited vocabulary is not a big issue since you can use more simple words to express the word that you do not know. In fact, they will notice right away if your pronunciation is good or bad only the first few simple words. If you have a poor pronunciation with very strong foreign accent, they will think of you as a bad English speaker and your good vocabulary and grammar cannot help you. 

Misunderstanding

Knowing a lot of vocabularies is meaningless if you cannot pronounce those words correctly and no one can understand the words that you are trying to use. Even worse, pronunciation mistakes can lead to some serious misunderstanding. For example, let’s think of the misunderstanding about the picture below, Many people believe that they can communicate in English because they can communicate with their teachers and other students. However, it is not true. The teachers have been listening to bad English for years so they can understand your poor pronunciation, and your friends are from the same country with you and speak English with the same accent so that they can understand your words easier. The best way is to talk to native English speakers, and if they can understand what you are saying, you have a good pronunciation.

Ineffective communication

You are making it difficult for people who listen to you with your strong foreign accent. It is irritated for other people if they have to keep asking you to repeat, but they still cannot figure out what you are saying. Consequently, if it takes a lot of efforts to understand your English, people will avoid communicating with you as much as they can. In contrast, they will enjoy talking to you when you have a pleasant accent that is easy for them hear and understand you. 

Tips for proper pronunciation

Here are some tips for you to improve your pronunciation.

  • With every new word, you should look it up in the dictionary to find the correct pronunciation.
  • Listen to native speakers to get used to their accent. Instead of boring listening lessons, you can listen to English songs, watch movies or listen to your native English speaking friends and relatives.
  • Practice in front of a mirror and make sure you move your mouth in the correct way.
  • Do a lot of practices. Remember that practices make perfect.
  • Be patient and determined. The journey may be tough, but the result will be worth.

26 thoughts on “Why pronunciation is very important

  1. Hey Nab.
    hope you are doing well these days, Merry Christmas and happy new year.
    So useful and great hints you mentioned here.
    I’m an english teacher in Iran and I always focus on pronunciation as well as other subjects in teaching.
    I do enjoy following your tips and thankful.
    Keep going man.
    Ali from Iran

  2. It was really very helpful
    Even though I have kinda good accent but still it helped me a lot
    Thank u

  3. Tomorrow i’ll visit London for a week! It’s my first time there! I’ll hope to learn some tips to improve my listening and pronunciation Ebglish. Have you got any suggestions for me when I arrive to London? Thanks !!

  4. Thanks for everything the most cuties teacher 👨‍🏫 I started practicing pronunciation on my 💻 and mirror my little brother kidding me 😐but it’s not important to me because I do good things for myself and one day I will speak very well 😏

  5. Since 3 weeks I’m in Canada. My English is not good, so I have to do a lot improve it.
    Although I’ve heard so many different accents that I thought for English/ American people wasn’t so important the pronunciation…. with this article i’ve reflected on the difference between an foreign accent and pronunciation!
    Very interesting post Nab

    1. well, Canadians have more American accents than the British one, and as mentioned in the article it just matter of time and practice… so keep up the good work:)

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