#044 Learn the Secrets of English Pronunciation and Intonation

Listen to a new episode of Speak English Now Podcast, your favorite material for practicing your spoken and heard English. You will also learn about lifestyle and culture, language, vocabulary, and how to improve your English more effectively.

Transcript:

Hi everyone! I’m Georgiana; founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help YOU speak English fluently.

  • In today’s episode, I’ll reveal to you the 7 secrets of the English pronunciation.
  • Later you’ll practice your speaking with a funny mini-story. The story is about a man who wants to speak English with a perfect accent.

SECRET #1: LISTEN TO YOURSELF!

Listening to your own pronunciation errors when you speak English can be difficult if not almost impossible to attain. What you’re usually doing is focusing on the conversation instead of the sounds you’re making. So, try to record yourself using your PC or smartphone. Do this only from time to time to observe the areas that need improvement. Many people hate their voice, and hearing themselves speak a foreign language for the first time will be difficult, but it’s a necessary step to develop a sense of self-awareness for improvement.

SECRET #2: SLOW DOWN!

I’ve noticed over the years that many English students think that speaking fluently equals speaking quickly. That’s an unfortunate misconception. When you talk too fast, you reinforce bad habits since you don’t have time to think about what you want to say next. Besides, you project little confidence. Talking slowly will help you relax and feel more confident.

SECRET #3: LISTEN EVERY DAY

Listen! Listen! Listen to my Speak English Podcast every day and try to imitate what you’re hearing. Remember to focus on the pronunciation after you’re totally comfortable with the lesson, which means that you’ve already listened to the episode and check out the transcript several times.

SECRET #4: DON’T BE AFRAID TO MAKE MISTAKES!

In many cases, pronunciation problems persist because most students are afraid to make mistakes. The great benefit of using my stories on a daily basis is that you’re improving English without having to deal with embarrassing situations.

When you answer the questions, you should always use a confident tone and speak out loud. If you have already been using this technique, then you know it’s very similar to having a conversation with another person but without becoming ashamed of your pronunciation and intonation.

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20 Comments

  1. Sakhi Charan Kumar

    Hlw ma’am i hope you are doing great. A huge thank from my side. This is Sakhi from India.. This audio inspire me a lot.. My accent is developing day by day..

    Reply
    • GEORGIANA

      Great!

      Reply
    • GEORGIANA

      Hi Sakhi! Thanks for the comment. I’m happy I can help!

      Reply
  2. Esteban

    I’m really enjoy your podcasts, however the last 2 episodes transcript is un 2 columns for page, is it possible for you put un only one column? Because is more easy for me read that in my smartphone.
    Thanks in advance

    Reply
    • GEORGIANA

      Hi Esteban! Thanks for your feedback! I already decided to change the podcast transcript format, and it won’t be in two columns anymore.

      Reply
      • Esteban 20295069938

        Great, you arte the best

        Reply
        • GEORGIANA

          Hi Esteban! You’re very kind 🙂

          Reply
  3. Nico

    Thank you very much Georgiana for your helpful and useful podcasts, I really love them!

    Reply
  4. Nico

    Thank you very much for your helpful and useful podcasts, they’re great.

    Reply
    • GEORGIANA

      Hi, Nico! It’s great that you enjoy the lessons!

      Reply
      • Srishti

        Wow! I had no knowledge that the “guru” word is also used in english. I’m from India and it was a bit surprising for me as I thought that it only used in hindi, sanskrit and other Indian languages.

        Thanks for your podcasts Georgiana, my english has improved a lot by listening to you!!!

        Reply
  5. Duca

    Your webpage is awesome! Thanks for that! I love to listen to podcasts

    Reply
  6. Galan

    Hi Georgina
    you are so beautiful

    Reply
  7. Jonathan

    Hi Georgiana, I can’t say thank you enough for all the work and the effort you make every time you create one podcast and all the transcripts, I follow you for a while on YouTube and lately I decided to vicite your website too. I love your teaching and your pronunciation is so clear and beautiful. I appreciate all what you do for as. God bless you.

    Reply
    • GEORGIANA

      Thanks!

      Reply
  8. Jonathan

    I’m sorry, I wrote all wah you do for as. I meant: all what you do for us. Lol sorry for the mistake.

    Reply
  9. Sandra

    Hi Georgiana, thanks for your wonderful webpage. You helps me a lot. Your podcasts are great. Jesus bless you!!!

    Reply
  10. Rogelio

    I bought your fluency course last year because I was a listener of your Speak English podcast. It has helped me get more confident when talking with native people. I can understand better the conversations even when I talk to people from different parts of the world.
    Thanks!!

    Reply
  11. Yunus Maikudi

    Each time I read your post on a daily basis or I go through mini-stories that you’ve made, I acquire a lot of things such as, vocabulary, guidance, words of encouragement and sentence making or speaking style.

    Thank you for all that.

    Reply
  12. Bin Ruh

    Each time I read your post on a daily basis or I go through mini-stories that you’ve made, I acquire a lot of things such as, vocabulary, guidance, words of encouragement and sentence making or speaking style.

    Thank you for all that.

    Reply

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With Georgiana’s method  I have started speaking English from minute one and this is exactly what I needed. With the traditional method you will practice grammar, grammar and grammar, but with Georgiana’s method you will practice listening and speaking and in my opinion this is the most important thing when you are learning a new language. Ricardo

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