針對以廣東話為母語者的口音矯正

針對想改進英文發音、母語為廣東話人士的5個英文發音技巧

擺脫廣東話口音、港式中文口音

Accent Reduction for Cantonese Speakers

5 English pronunciation tips for Cantonese speakers who want to improve their English accent:

1) Voiced Consonants

  • Cantonese speakers often have difficulty producing voiced consonants in English.
  • If you touch your neck and say V, Z, B, D, G then you should feel vibrations. This is because these are voiced consonants and your voice box is vibrating.
  • If you do the same and say F, S, P, T, K, then you should feel no vibrations. This is because these are unvoiced consonants.
  • Here are the unvoiced consonants and their counterparts:
  • S – Z
  • F – V
  • P – B
  • T – D
  • K – G

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2) L & N

  • N is made with the tip of the tongue touching the top of the mouth (just behind the teeth). The air escapes through the nose.
  • L is made with the tip of the tongue in the same place. However, the sides of the tongue are down and the air escapes through the mouth.
  • Touch your nose. If it’s vibrating, then you are making N, if not then you are making L.
  • Compare:
  • Night – Light
  • No – Low
  • Not – Lot

3) L & R

  • L is made with the tip of the tongue touching the top of the mouth (just behind the teeth). The sides of the tongue are down. The air escapes through the mouth.
  • R is made with the tip of the tongue curling back in the mouth. We don’t touch the top of our mouths when pronouncing a R sound in English. The air escapes through the mouth.
  • Compare: low – row, led – red

4) TH

  • This is made by putting the tip of the tongue by the back of the upper front teeth.
  • Keep the tip of the tongue relaxed.
  • Do not confuse it with:
  • Ttin – thin
  • Dden – then
  • Zzen – then
  • Ffin – thin

5) Words ending in a consonant

  • When a word ends in a consonant, do not (1) add a vowel or (2) take the consonant away.
  • Book not (1) Booka not (2) Boo
  • Red not (1) Reda not (2) Re
  • Hat not (1) Hata not (2) Ha

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