How To Pronounce the Sounds of English
If you are an ESL student, English pronunciation is often difficult to master.
This is because in some languages (especially in Asia), sounds like /TH/ and /R/ simply don’t exist.
A lot of my students have found it helpful to know exactly where to place their tongue and teeth before they learn the sounds of English.
These diagrams will certainly help you improve English pronunciation. But first, let’s examine the anatomy of the mouth.
The Anatomy of Your Mouth
When speaking in English, it’s helpful to know how native speakers use their mouth. Whether your using adjectives/adverbs or putting together sentences with transition words, you’ll use a wide range of sounds of English.
In the diagram below, it displays some of the most common features of a mouth.
If you’re just starting out, you may suprisingly make use of some parts of your mouth you haven’t used before.
For example, certain sounds of English use tongue, teeth and the roof of your mouth. This can be very foreign for ESL students and often requires a closer look.
For the /TH/ sound, your tip of the tongue goes in between your teeth.
When you use the /S/ sound, your tongue goes behind your teeth and teeth go together.
For the /L/ sound, your tip of the tongue goes on the roof of your mouth.
When you use the /R/ sound, your tip of the tongue does not go on the roof of your mouth.
For ESL students, English pronunciation needs time and practice to master. With this in mind, you learn these concepts in the zone of proximal development.
These diagrams displayed the anatomy of the mouth for some of the most difficult English pronunciation.
What other English sounds of English would you like to see here? What English pronunciation is troublesome for you?
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