Why is it important to improve our pronunciation?
Last Thursday in our class we practiced intonation and stress patterns.
When you are speaking English the words you stress can change the underlying meaning of a sentence. Therefore, it is an indispensable part of speech.
This simple sentence can have many levels of meaning based on the word you stress. Consider the meaning of the following sentences with the different stressed word in bold.
She gave her dog/biscuits. (Meaning: She gave biscuits to her dog.)
She gave her/dog biscuits. (Meaning: She gave dog biscuits to a lady.)
He doesn’t beat his wife/because he loves her. (Meaning: He doesn’t, reason is his love for her.)
He doesn’t beat his wife because he loves her (without stress). (Meaning: He does, but for some other reason than love.)
Intonation problems are probably the hardest to figure out, especially for the beginner. I suffered with this.. and example:
The word project that it means> Proyecto
The word project that it means> Pronosticar
This video shows a funny situation about problems related to right pronunciation.
What´s about Scottish pronunciation? Have you ever heard anything about this? I just discovered this video on internet. This is fun, and it makes me think … What would the sketch be like two Spanish people pronouncing ELEVEN ?
But, if you don´t know how to pronounce well… in this link you can listen to how different native people pronounce different words. If this link is interesting for us, I will attach it to MISTER WRONG tool. In that case it is very important and necessary to practice a lot with native speakers if you can in order to try to imitate the sound and pronunciation of each word at the same time as it will help become more fluent.