PTE Pronunciation Strategies from Voice Science™
PTE Pronunciation Scores play a massive role in achieving your needed score in the PTE Academic exam. It can be very stressful if you don’t know how to improve your PTE Pronunciation score.
Pronunciation can be very difficult to master for the PTE exam. Such issues are not usually related at all to comprehension and ability to form good sentence structures. Rather, if the sound code for English is not close to standard (ie., if sounds of English are deleted, distorted or incorrect) the pronunciation scores go down as the sound file registers error when read.
Pronunciation errors can cause a fluency impact. Fluency issues though can also exist according to how you release the rhythm and melody (intonation) of English. If the pattern is too close to mother tongue, it will register error as well.
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1. Watch T.V. to improve PTE Speaking
To improve your English pronunciation for PTE, you might need some 1-1 support from one of our speech pathologists but why not watch shows or YouTube channels that expose you to how locals say the words you are interested in. Zoom in on content that lets you hear the pronunciation of words of your field of expertise. To improve your command of English pronunciation for the professional setting, watch programs that cover formal, and industry related content.
For example, if you work or study in the finance sector watch reports direct from Wall street. Listen to the key words, pause and repeat back terms. There are so many industry terms that you know are important on paper, I’m sure you spell them correctly, but how much time have you spent on saying them correctly? Correct and clear English is reflected via pronunciation as much as grammar. Sure, we all have different accents but there are some big pronunciation milestones you will need to overcome if it is hard for you to differentiate between:
wedgie ≠ vegie
spreadsheet ≠ spread shit
banking ≠ bunking
stock ≠ stuck
Note the sayings you don’t know, note the sayings you can’t understand and try to decipher anything that is said too fast in the local accent to repeat back.
Repeat back the core content words and try to represent the stress rhythms of the native speaker. This will benefit your pronunciation in PTE and also in life… Remember, there is a life after you get your PTE Score so you might as well make all this hard work pay off for daily pronunciation as well!
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3. Slow down on the phone
PTE Speaking scores are not necessarily about speaking slowly, but reducing your speed on the phone in daily life will give you more time to feel the movement of sounds of English so that you can be flexible in the exam when needed. Mastering fluency and improving your PTE pronunciation especially if your first language has completely different stress patterns and intonation than English, often needs 1-1 training.
Speech pathologists are trained to measure speech rate and adjust it. This is what we do when addressing the speech fluency of people who stutter. Working 1-1 with a speech pathologist can allow you to learn how to modify your speech rate to achieve the clearest pronunciation possible along with the desired speed that we hypothesis PTE marking algorithms are wanting.
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Add variety and interest to your daily commute to work or study and also benefit from listening to the speech features and rhythm of native speech patterns.
Segment your listen time with speaking activities. Pause the recording and recite back what the actor has said. Try to mimic the rhythm and tone of the speech patterns. Pay attention to long versus short vowels and try to show a big difference in your vowel durations.
Not only will this increase your ability to listen and comprehend audio information (as the exam requires) it will also open your mind to new conversation topics for daily life as well as give you the chance to learn something new!
5. Do it differently.
Where ESL Teachers tend to take PTE Classes in groups, all our services are individual 1-1. This makes learning strategic, efficient and faster and can allow us to work harder towards your score deadlines.
Get a tailored Diagnostic Assessment by a Speech PathologistLearn what is going wrong with your proniunciation
If you correct pronunciation, the natural effect will be improved fluency. Then the application of some clear speaking techniques can assist you to smooth things over. We also provide online treatment for our global and interstate clients in the event you require any training and assistance to improve your PTE pronunciation and fluency scores.
The first step is to undertake a Diagnostic PTE Academic Speaking Test. This session runs for 45 minutes and involves your speech pathologist coding all of your current pronunciation sounds for English against your target. This gives you the information about what sounds need to be corrected to achieve maximal impact for your PTE Speaking Scores.
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