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English pronunciation is a minefield

Many languages have sensible writing systems. If you look at a Spanish, German or Italian word, you can tell how to pronounce it – all you need to know is a handful of basic rules. But English is not one of those languages. English words with almost identical spellings often have different pronunciations, so looking at a word’s spelling doesn’t tell you very much.

In my new article, I try to pinpoint why English pronunciation is so difficult that even native speakers occasionally get in trouble. I put on a horror show of tricky pronunciation examples that will make you abandon all hope of learning to speak English without mistakes. Finally, I offer a ray of hope as I explain what you can do to survive.

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  • Przemek

    Hi. I’m 30 I really want to lean English but recently I’ve started to loose my hope if it’s possible. I applied almost all your hints 1.5 year ago. My reading skills are quite good and I can write acceptably good after longer time for a reflection but my listening skills are awful and improvement is very slow not mention about pronunciation. I can clearly understand almost all youtubers but casual conversation in tv shows and songs sound for me like indistinguishable noises. For me it sounds like a they are omitting half of the words. I read about it a lot of articles. I’m trying to re-watch the same scenes all the time and I can’t find any seance in their “omissions” of a words except a few regular rules. I’m also using Anki flashcards on which I’m learning pronunciation and new words but after initial progress now I feel like I’m stuck. As my compatriot and person who had to had the same problems could you give me some hints how did you overcome this inability?

  • Esteban

    Hi, i listened an idea from my teacher who began to learn a year ago.
    She learned watching her favorite movies, she chose a character and learned the script, this you practice reading, listening and speaking, repeating the pronunciation.
    It’s a hard task, but I think that can work.

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