Pronunciation Goals & You
…for your communication success unless you make it!
So much hangs in the balance the moment you open your mouth to speak.
There’s the tone of your voice…
The clarity of your sounds…
The flow of your speaking… The flexibility of your vocabulary…
All these things and many more can make or break your message.
Sometimes it goes swimmingly. High five for those times? We hope you know them.
Other times, we’re facepalming.
When something goes wrong while you’re speaking it stings.
If you are struggling to pronounce English words or speak with flow, it’s time to take stock.
Today’s blog is going to teach you all about the best structure you need to follow to improve your pronunciation.
Are you ready?
Let's Get Started with some Pronunciation Goals!
A powerful hierarchy is used in this process so let’s check it out.
What Sounds did Your First Language Give You?
At Voice Science, we always check the sounds of your first language. This helps us to compare and develop a strategised game plan for your English speaking.
This is where understanding phonetics helps us to see the tools you have before you even start your pronunciation training with us.
It’s really common for some English sounds to be missing in your speaking, even if they are in your first language. This is because English spelling seems to be out to confuse everyone! We are often treating in the gaps, to show you your new sounds and bring them into every day speaking.
Below you will see the groovy little visual from Cadenza™ (our practise product) that shows the gaps between Brazilian Portuguese & Australian English sounds.
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Check the Sounds that are Missing
WORD POSITIONA sneak peak into treatment hierarchies
This is when a sound is the very first sound of a word. For example /d/ is in initial position for the word “dog” /dɒg/.
Initial position is usually the easiest position for pronunciation.
This is when a sound occurs in the middle of a word. For example /d/ is in medial position for the word “addition” /ədɪʃən/.
Depending on the sound, medial position can be a real challenge to coordinate.
We use lots of speech therapy tricks and tips in sessions to boost your skill in this area. Your daily practise in Cadenza™ will pay off and make you super tight on medial sounds!
This is when a sound is the very last sound of a word. For example /d/ is in final position for the word “had” /hæd/.
In some languages, certain sounds do not occur in all word positions. For example, Spanish does not have a true /d/ sound at the end position of words. The letter “d” is definitely written but the sound that is made will be more like a “t” sound /t/ or even sometimes a /θ/.
When you work with our team, you will often be asked to practise target sounds in specific positions to build your accuracy. Pay attention to these instructions! Word position accuracy makes you ready for sentence level drills.
Speaking & Pronunciation Goals need Strategy
Drill Your Pronunciation Goals Daily
If you want to improve your pronunciation and speaking it is important to treat it like a work out. Pronunciation training relies on motor learning and muscle memory. You have to stay on top of your game with short bursts of highly concentrated speaking practice. We will show you exactly how to drill in your sessions.
All clients in our pronunciation programs receive a special introductory offer to Cadenza™- your personalised practise tool to guide your practice.
Habit Track to Stay on Top of your Pronunciation Goals
Obviously getting practise working for you daily is going to take a mindset shift. We use lots of tools in our clinic to show you how to build up responsible and motivated practise. Getting a return on your investment will always come down to your commitment and dedication. Read more about habit tracking and grab a freebie resource.
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Barbosa, P. and Albano, E. (2004), “Brazilian Portuguese.” Journal of the International Phonetic Association 34 (2). Read here.
Cox, F. and Paelthorpe, S. (2007). “Australian English.” Journal of the International Phonetic Association 37 (3). Read here.