Improve Your English Pronunciation with Sentence Stress

Improve Your English Pronunciation with Sentence Stress


It’s not impossible to improve your pronunciation! Perfect your English pronunciation with this super simple tip! Hi it’s Matthew from Online English Skills! Is pronunciation a problem for you? Today I’m going to share an activity with you that will help you improve your English pronunciation. Pronunciation is an important but often overlooked aspect of English and without good clear pronunciation, it’s difficult to make yourself understood. So, what can you do right now to perfect your English pronunciation? First you need to know that English is a time stressed language and it’s important that you know which words are stressed. This is what we call sentence stress! When we speak we stress the most important words such as nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs and also negative auxiliary verbs. These are called content words, as they provide the information that we need to understand. However, we don’t stress the unimportant words such as; prepositions, pronouns. articles, conjunctions and also auxiliary verbs. These are structure words and they aren’t really as important. If we were to remove them from a sentence, we could still kind of understand the meaning. By practising sentence stress you will not only perfect your pronunciation but you will also be able to understand more difficult conversations. So, here’s what you can do; Get a notebook and write down three sentences or you could take a couple of example sentences from any English reading material. Firstly, you need to underline the stressed words within your chosen sentences, then you want to read your sentences out aloud focusing on stressing your underlined words and you want to glide over the non stressed words. By doing this exercise on a regular basis you’ll be surprised at how quickly your pronunciation improves. This is because you’re learning and training yourself to focus more on the stressed words and almost silent or mute the non-stressed words. I encourage you to give this activity a try as you’ll really see that it makes a big difference to your English pronunciation. So go on give it a try! If you liked this video and found it useful make sure to hit the thumbs up button and if you haven’t already subscribed make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel so that you don’t miss any upcoming videos from us at Online English Skills you

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