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Are you having trouble with your pronunciation? Check out this interview with a speech therapist!

Posted on August 31, 2012 by

I like to keep up with what’s happening in the online IELTS world, but somehow this gem of an interview slipped under my radar.  Ben of IELTSPodcast.com recently spoke with Esther Bruhl of speakmoreclearly.com about what an IELTS student can do to improve the quality of their speaking.  Esther shares a number of great tips for honing the clarity of your voice.  Here is a little excerpt from the interview to whet your appetite:

 Ben: What should a student do to communicate more clearly?

Esther: For non-English speaking background languages, the key is to move your mouth more.  Many languages tend to be spoken with a more closed mouth because that is what the language demands.  When we speak English, we actually drop our jaw more and move our mouth more.  Doing this will immediately make your pronunciation clearer.  Listen, repeat, pretend and mimic, too.  One of the keys to pronouncing and speaking more clearly is to listen to native English speakers using headphones.  Doing this allows the listener to stimulate the auditory nerve in a much stronger fashion.  Listening to the BBC is great without headphones is great, but to improve your speaking a student really needs to copy and mimic speech patterns.

Listen to the entire interview by clicking here!

4 Responses to “Are you having trouble with your pronunciation? Check out this interview with a speech therapist!”

  1. Bimal says:

    Excellent! It is a useful program!

    Good Luck to You!
    Bimal

  2. Bimal says:

    plese send me all the programs of this nature because i am interested in improving my English skills to greater extent.

    Good Luck!

    Bimal.

  3. Hey,
    You can also listen to Ryan in this interview:
    http://www.ieltspodcast.com/ieltspodcast/009-how-to-write-the-perfect-ielts-essay-sentence-by-sentence-ryan-from-ieltsielts-com-explains/

    He explains how to write an IELTS essay, listen with headphones to improve your pronunciation.

    One of my favourite interviews.

    Ben W

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