Today we had our first pronunciation lesson at NELS. Meg showed students correct mouth and tongue positions to help them pronounce /l/ and /r/ sounds which are always difficult for Japanese speakers.
English pronunciation is difficult for many learners, but if you are taught how to use your mouth, then you can improve your pronunciation. It’s just a case of re-training your mouth muscles. After all, we all have the same tools: lips, tongue and teeth, right?
The most important thing with pronunciation is that others can easily understand the words and phrases that you say. Your do not need to have the goal of sounding like a native speaker, just as long as you can be understood easily.
What sounds are difficult for you to pronounce?
Hopefully we’ll have more pronunciation classes coming soon, so please let us know and we can make our classes for YOU!