I’ve read Vero’s post on PRONUNCIATION FLAWS and I really enjoyed it.
I couldn’t agree more that pronunciation is one of the most difficult aspects to teach. However, the best way to learn something complicated is to do it while having fun, don’t you think?
Well, some of my last year students had pronunciation classes with me. Do you remember the lollipop exercises? If you do, that’s perfect, if you don’t and I am your teacher this year – no worries then, we will do the lollipop exercise and more ;)))
One of the “tools”, apart from the lollipop, I’m using during pronunciation classes are the tongue twisters in English (I’m also trying to improve my pronunciation in Spanish by means of tongue twisters in Spanish, believe me). So, what exactly a tong twister is? It is a word or sequence of words difficult to pronounce that can be used as a FUN spoken game.
To name but a few, here are some examples of my favourite ones:
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? He would chuck as much wood as he could if a woodchuck could chuck wood.
She sells seashells by the seashore.
If two witches would watch two watches, which witch would watch which watch?
For more examples check out 1st International collection of Tongue Twisters, 50 Tongue Twisters to improve pronunciation in English or Tongue Twisters for Spanish students.
Apart from that, if you have some doubts concerning the pronunciation of any word in English, use either Wordrefernce.com or howjsay.com where you can listen to the correct pronunciation sometimes even in British English, American English, Scottish, etc.
To end up, check Naomi Watts pronouncing the name of a Welsh town. Give it a try!!!