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How do you teach the pronunciation in English properly?

Jan 29, 2015 7:59am

It seems hard for most of the Chinese to have a good pronunciation if they've never been abroad. Basically, the way that we speak in Chinese and English are totally different. The sounds in Chinese are mostly come from mouths but things go differently in English. If we speak in English in the way that we speak in Chinese, then it'll sound exactly like Chinglish. I am trying to figure out the basic concept of speaking in good English. For example, I always met a lot of troubles to teach the sound of "a", which mostly sounded like "e" from lots of kids that I have in my class. Also, it's not easy to teach the sound of "r" as well, especially when the syllable is not based on CVC.

It'll be my appreciate to have other suggestions to teach better pronunciation in English.

Thanks previously.

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    • Jan 31, 2015 8:16pm

      What about using songs and explicit read alouds as a method for practicing the sounds?

      • Feb 3, 2015 2:21am

        Thank you, Jamine.
        I agree with you. Both of the methods can be helpful for their pronunciation…but…it's not gonna help them much if they don't practice enough. I'm trying to figure out the relationship between the sounds of English and Chinese. Then, l can help them right on the key points of English speaking. lnstead of asking them keep speaking in English, l'd like them to observe the way that the real English sounds like, or aware their own English.

        • Feb 3, 2015 2:24am

          Thank you, Jamine.
          I agree with you. Both of the methods can be helpful for their pronunciation…but…it's not gonna help them much if they don't practice enough. I'm trying to figure out the relationship between the sounds of English and Chinese. Then, l can help them right on the key points of English speaking. lnstead of asking them keep speaking in English, l'd like them to observe the way that the real English sounds like, or aware their own English.

          • Apr 28, 2015 6:04pm

            Hi Zoe! Thank you for bringing up this topic. I am very interested in this topic as well :) I was born and raised in China, my native language is Cantonese, and I learned Mandarin and English at school, since elementary. And I came to U.S. after graduating from high school. In the first couple months that I came to U.S., some of my classmates and friends thought that I had been in U.S. for quite a long time, depending on my accent. They said they didn't hear much Chinese accent from my speaking. Since then, I started to think a little bit deeply about the reason.

            I used to have an tutor who trained my English speaking individually. She instructed me with the American accent. I also attended Li Yang Crazy English, where I picked up some American accent as well. Both of these led me to observe people's tongue and mouth when they speak. I found that the mouth and tongue movement between English- and Chinese-speaking people are very different. And then I studied Linguistics in college, where I got to know that tongue position affects people's pronunciation of every single letter/word/character.

            Hope this would help!