Good afternoon, English as a Second Language students! There are many websites that can help you practice your pronunciation. Today, I'm going to feature two websites that you should check out if you want to brush up on your pronunciation.
Rachel is a trained classical singer and an ESL teacher. As a singer, she had to learn several languages, so she became very astute at noticing subtle differences between sounds and words. As a result, she developed this site. There are more than 300 videos to help you learn. If you look under sounds, you can focus on individual sounds that are difficult to produce. She thoroughly describes how to make every sound. If you look under pronunciation, you can focus on the many things speakers are doing that you don't always learn right away, such as reduction, linking and intonation. You can also try exercises--either imitation or Ben Franklin. These are fun! This site is unbelievably helpful if you are trying to improve your accent, so I hope you try it.
This website is brought to you by a Canadian college. Don't worry, the Canadian accent is very close to the Wisconsin English accent. This website helps you discriminate between sounds called minimal pairs, e.g., words that differ by one sound, such as "like" and "bike." You can learn how to produce the sound by description or downloading a clip. The pdf is a classroom lesson. If you have a partner, you can practice speaking, and they can check your pronunciation by listening while you pronounce minimal pairs and also dictation. There are several tongue twisters in the lesson, if you'd like to really test yourself, too. Take time to explore!
I hope you have a moment or two to take a look at these resources. Feel free to share any online resource that helps you.
See you next week on Monday Mouthfuls with Kelly.