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    -The Right Method for English Pronunciation in Public Speaking-

    As you may know, there are some theories that English pronunciation is more

    important than grammar, especially when giving a speech or any presentations in

    English. Despite that you may be a non-native speaker, it is understandable that no

    one expects your grammar to be perfect. People will tend to “cut your slack” (be

    tolerant) if you make grammar mistakes whenever you speak and normally the

    audience or hearers are interested in your ideas and your emotional energy. They

    don’t care about your grammar as long as they can understand what you are

    conveying and your meaning in your speech. Indeed, there are far too many non-

    native English speakers worry excessively about their grammar when giving a

    speech.

    Some speakers actually write their entire speech, word for word and then have it

    checked for grammar. Once the grammar is checked, they then try to memorise the

    entire speech. Truly, this is a terrible method more so that memorised speeches

    lacks energy. Can you imagine a politician giving a speech reading from a

    teleprompter, it will most certainly sound dull despite being highly trained. They

    often lack energy and spontaneity. Worse of all is when you try to memorise a

    speech word for word, you are likely to fail and disappoint yourself. When you give

    the speech, you will probably be nervous and at times feel stressed. You’ll worry

    that you’ll forget part of the speech and you most probably will! Therefore if you do

    forget something, you’ll become even more stressed, causing you to make even

    more mistakes and you can cause yourself to be embarrassed in the midst of the

    speech. The best speakers are those who speak naturally. They do plan their

    presentations accordingly but they do not memorise them word for word. They will

    try to speak in a conversational manner that encourage the hearers to listen

    attentively instead of a tedious speech which normally drags on and on.

    So don’t worry about your grammar when giving a speech. Bear in mind that what you

    must focus on is your English pronunciation! The audience will understand and

    forgive your grammar mistakes but they cannot tolerate terrible pronunciation. Why

    not? Because they simply will not and cannot understand you if your pronunciation

    is bad. If they don’t understand you, they will quickly become bored and annoyed.

    While you don’t need a perfect American or British or Irish or even an Australian

    accent, you do need to have clear and understandable English pronunciation.

    This is one of the very essence of learning English. As you plan your speech, consider to

    identify any words that are particularly difficult to pronounce. Find audios either on

    the internet or from someone that speaks English such as your friends or family and

    even your colleagues to help you for the correct pronunciation of each word.

    Another possibility is you can listen to the audios daily and try to imitate the correct

    pronunciation. Another good technique is to listen to speeches by native speakers,

    ideally choose speeches related to your speech topic.

     

    Effortless English Pronunciation Tracking Technique

    Now try practising the “tracking” technique:

    1) Play one sentence of the speech audio in whichever accent that you want to

    learn. Pause the audio and try to listen to the speaker carefully and recall how the

    speaker spoke in the audio. Then repeat for each sentence that you hear

    accordingly.

    2) The next day, “track” the speaker. Listen to the speaker and imitate the speaker

    (speaking aloud) at the same time. This might be difficult for you but nevertheless

    do the best you can. Keep applying the same concept several times a day with the

    same audio. It will progressively be easier each time you do it.

     

    3) After you have mastered steps 1) and 2) above, continue to practise your speech

    out loud. Do consider to record yourself so that you may be able to hear your

    pronunciations and the accent that you speak. Then, it would be advisable to listen

    to the recording and notice any problems, words and phrases that you may

    encounter.

    When the time comes to give your speech, forget about your grammar, vocabulary

    and pronunciation. Just focus on your ideas and emotional energy and do your best

    you can!

    Keep practising daily until you are assured that your fluency in speech and

    pronunciation is excellent, thereon you will become a successful public speaker. Enjoy!

     

     

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