1. Rule “character connection”
- How to pronounce a word in English:
Example: b + e = be
Pronounce “b” fast and then pronounce “e”. You’ll hear that “b” and “e” are connected together to become one syllable “be”
Example: p + e + n = pen
Pronounce “p” fast, then pronounce “e” fast, and then pronounce “n”. You’ll hear that “p”, “e” and “n” are connected together to become one syllable “pen”.
Rule: “Pronounce a word in English = pronounce all characters in the word”
- Pronounce English in slow way and pronounce English in fast way:
In English, a word pronouced in slow way is different from this word pronounced in fast way.
Example: cake = c a ke
Phonetic k ei k
If you pronounce this word in slow way, you’ll hear it like:
Cake = k + ei + k = kei k
Otherwise, if you pronounce this word in fast way, you’ll hear it like:
Cake = k + ei+k = ket k
The reason for this difference is the connection of characters in the word. You haven’t yet finished pronouncing this character “ca” and you must pronounce the next one “ke”, it’ll make two characters connected together and you’ll hear the difference between slow way and fast way.
Example: – late = l a te
Slow way l ei t = lei t
Fast way l ei + t = let t
It’s also a major reason that you’ve learned English for a really long time without any improvement:
Learn vocabulary through single words and they’re pronounced in a slow way
Words are pronounced in a complete sentence in a fast way in speaking and Listening
How to pronounce English in standard:
Learn vocabulary through a complete sentence in a fast way
2. Rule “word connection”:
In an English sentence, if the end of the word is a consonant and the next word begins with a vowel, these two words will be connected together when you pronounce.
Example: I like it!
3. Pause in English Speaking:
In English speaking, we must split a long sentence into shorter phrases to speak.
Example: I’m a student, so I must go to school everyday.
This is a long sentence and basically, you can’t remember all words clearly and sometimes you don’t have enough breath to speak a long sentence, so it’s split into shorter phrases to speak out:
I’m a student,/ so / I must go to school everyday.
Reasons for making a pause:
Even native English speakers also make a pause in a long sentence to help it smoother and easier to understand. If you don’t make a pause, your sentence is long and not everyone can understand what you mean.
Making a pause in sentence is a must-to-do thing in English speaking. When you make a pause, you have more time to think out next words or next ideas to talk, then you make your conversation smoother and more interesting.
You’ll never pronounce English in standard, if you can’t use these rules in speaking. But how can we use these rules in lessons?
By learning to sing an English song, you’ll have a standard accent. Then, use your standard accent to speak English with other English learners within 2 weeks and you’ll speak English naturally and fluently as you wish.