5 steps to improve English pronunciation


When studying English, many people may hit the wall of English pronunciation.

Today is,

"I want to be able to speak English cool!"

"I want to be able to pronounce beautifully so that people can look at me!"

I would like to talk about "characteristics of people who are said to be good at English pronunciation".

When there are multiple people who can speak English as much as possible, the person who thinks "That person is amazing! It's English fluent!" Is always "a person with good pronunciation".
If you pronounce it well, it sounds very cool just by speaking a simple sentence, and you can impress the people around you with high English proficiency.

In fact, people with good English pronunciation have something in common.
In this article, I will explain five things that are common to "people who pronounce English well".

Major premise: Training is required to improve English pronunciation

Before understanding what people with good English pronunciation have in common, there are some major premise to know. That is, in order to improve the pronunciation of English, training to be able to pronounce sounds peculiar to English is indispensable. In order to be able to pronounce English properly with English sounds, it is not enough to just "just imitate" or "listen". In order to pronounce English beautifully, it is necessary to train to change the muscles around your mouth to "English specifications" so that you can make that sound.

Then it is the main subject.
What are the characteristics of a person who pronounces English well?
If you know the characteristics of a person who pronounces English well, you can surely use it as a hint to improve your pronunciation!
Here, I will explain the five common points found in people who pronounce English well.

(1) Speak with a loud voice

I think there are many people who have heard the English spoken by native speakers and thought, "I have a loud voice."

In fact, when speaking English, the "how to make a voice" is different from the way to make a Japanese voice.
If anything, it sounds like it's muffled in Japanese.
On the other hand, English is a language that speaks firmly to the outside.

Only people who pronounce English well often feel that they have a relatively loud voice or that their voice is crisp and easy to hear because they have mastered how to speak English properly. Shin.
Speaking in English-like utterances makes it easier to hear and even sounds confident.

(2) Accurate pronunciation not found in Japanese

There are many sounds in English such as th, f, r, l that are not found in Japanese.

Everyone who pronounces English well has mastered these sounds so that they can naturally produce accurate sounds quickly.

For example, Thursday, Friday, etc. are casual words for the day of the week, but in Japanese and English, they tend to be pronounced in katakana as "Thursday, Friday". These words also contain th, f, and r, so if you pronounce each one correctly, it shouldn't look like katakana English.

[Reference article] "What is wrong with Katakana English?"

(3) Do not break the connection between words

No matter how long you can speak a long sentence in English, if you read each word separately when reading it, the feeling of "katakoto" will be exposed tremendously.

English is a language called linking (also called liaison) that is pronounced by connecting sounds, and if you can do this, the way you hear it will change completely.

"Assimilation", in which the sounds of words are connected to create a new sound, is also a point unique to English that Japanese does not have.

[Reference article] "Assimilation = What is the difference between assimilation and Linking = consolidation?"

If you can understand the connections and changes in English sounds and speak smoothly, you will not only be able to see them with good pronunciation, but you will also improve your listening skills. This is because linking is one of the reasons why Japanese people have difficulty hearing English.

(4) Do not pronounce all spellings clearly

People who pronounce English well do not pronounce every single sound of a word clearly.
In English, there are "sounds that are firmly present in words but are rarely pronounced."

If you pay too much attention to the spelling, you will have to make sure that all the sounds are pronounced, resulting in a very unnatural pronunciation.

For example, when you want to say “Just arrived.”, If you try to read and pronounce all the spellings, you will get the feeling of “Just alive do”.
However, in the actual pronunciation, the t of just and the ed part of arrived are pronounced fairly conservatively because the "jas" and "alai (bu)" are emphasized.

Rather than carefully pronouncing all the sounds one by one, knowing the pronunciation rules such as when the pronunciation of t becomes weaker will enable smoother and more natural pronunciation.

[Related article]
What is "Elision"?
What is the difference between assimilation and elision?

(5) Accent and intonation are naturally attached

In English, every word is accented.
Even if you take one word, in the United States there is an accent in the e part, and in Japan she strongly reads the a part behind it, and the position to put the accent is decided.

On the other hand, there are not many accents in Japanese.
Even if you read the sentence "I was born in Tokyo", there is nothing that you say strongly.
In Japanese, the pitch is mainly the pitch, but in English, the accent (also called stress) is the strength of the sound, so the meaning of "accent" is different.

Also, which word should have the strongest accent when it becomes a sentence is an important point in reading a sentence.

In addition, those who are good at pronouncing English naturally have intonation and intonation peculiar to English.
English has a wave-like intonation, but when you speak English like Japanese, it becomes flat, and even if each sound is pronounced correctly, the intonation and intonation are added. Just because it is different, it sounds unnatural for English.

The big difference between Japanese and English, which is flat and has no strength, is "accent" and "intonation/intonation".
When you can pronounce these naturally, English sounds like English at once.

[Related article] What is the difference between "intonation and intonation", "accent and stress", and "tone"?

Summary: 5 things common to people with good English pronunciation

This time, I explained five things that people with good English pronunciation have in common.

As you read it, you may have noticed that the "people with good English pronunciation" around you also have something in common here.

English pronunciation is not so easy that you can immediately realize the dramatic effect even if you decide "OK! I will thoroughly strengthen the pronunciation from now on!". By practicing patiently in the right way, you can gradually change to English specifications.

The better your pronunciation, the more fun it will be to speak English and the easier it will be to understand native English.

Discovering Sounds will do its utmost to support your pronunciation learning with a unique curriculum that aims to pronounce English that will be seen by people around you as "that person is amazing!".