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    hello teachers,

    i am presently doing my engineering.i don't pronounce the words properly while speaking to others. the tongue doesn't twist properly while speaking
    complex words .so please tell me any exercises that i need to do to improve my pronunciation
    complex words in the sense the words which start from the same letter.
    for example,
    slime soccer. while conversing with someone i just cant pronounce soccer.i pronounce it as
    slime sloccer
    Last edited by karthik; 10-Oct-2006 at 18:48. Reason: bcoz the teachers didnt get my actual difficulty

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    Could you give some examples of the sounds or words you have trouble with?

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    I'm in agreement with Tdol, since giving us examples of certain words that you may've been having problems with would help us firstly to identify it's "phonetics" & then once we get to know that, we could most certainly point you in the right direction about how exactly you need to ARTICULATE the individual sounds occuring in a particular word.

    If you meant "complex" words as any "long" words like:

    >> description
    >> citizenship
    >> automobile

    then you need to break it up into small chunks like:

    >> des.crip.tion
    >> citi.zen.ship
    >> auto.mo.bile

    This will help you pronounce each individual "syllable" seperately with "stress" on certain "syllable", after all, as you'd have known that English is a language having "stressed & unstressed" syllable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by j4mes_bond25 View Post
    I'm in agreement with Tdol, since giving us examples of certain words that you may've been having problems with would help us firstly to identify it's "phonetics" & then once we get to know that, we could most certainly point you in the right direction about how exactly you need to ARTICULATE the individual sounds occuring in a particular word.

    If you meant "complex" words as any "long" words like:

    >> description
    >> citizenship
    >> automobile

    then you need to break it up into small chunks like:

    >> des.crip.tion
    >> citi.zen.ship
    >> auto.mo.bile

    This will help you pronounce each individual "syllable" seperately with "stress" on certain "syllable", after all, as you'd have known that English is a language having "stressed & unstressed" syllable.
    Wouldn't it be better to divide the words into actual syllables?

    de scrip tion
    cit i zen ship

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Wouldn't it be better to divide the words into actual syllables?

    de scrip tion
    cit i zen ship
    Indeed. Strictly speaking, your logic makes MORE sense but just a tad bit "advanced" to understand for someone who may not've been aware of the "syllable", "stress pattern" within the English language, I suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j4mes_bond25 View Post
    Indeed. Strictly speaking, your logic makes MORE sense but just a tad bit "advanced" to understand for someone who may not've been aware of the "syllable", "stress pattern" within the English language, I suppose.
    I see your point, but dictionaries break words up by syllables. I just wanted to minimize confusion. Students should use dictionaries more than they seem to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I see your point, but dictionaries break words up by syllables. I just wanted to minimize confusion. Students should use dictionaries more than they seem to.
    Sadly, while the "chav" culture is on spring, there seems a trend for mobile texting in today's "iPOD generation" & for them, the idea of using dictionary is rather archaic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j4mes_bond25 View Post
    Sadly, while the "chav" culture is on spring, there seems a trend for mobile texting in today's "iPOD generation" & for them, the idea of using dictionary is rather archaic.
    I didn't know what that meant until I looked up "chav" and "on spring". Ah, English!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I didn't know what that meant until I looked up "chav" and "on spring". Ah, English!
    Chav = "typical teenager" with a pea-sized intellect
    on spring = on increase

    English is a fan-bloody-tastic language, don't you reckon ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by j4mes_bond25 View Post
    Chav = "typical teenager" with a pea-sized intellect
    on spring = on increase

    English is a fan-bloody-tastic language, don't you reckon ;)
    We use a different infix there.

    Two great peoples divided by a common language.

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