Reducción de Acento para Hispanohablantes
5 claves de pronunciación inglesa para Hispanohablantes que quieren mejorar su acento inglés
Accent Reduction for Spanish Speakers
5 English pronunciation tips for Spanish speakers who want to improve their English accent:
1) V & B
- These two sounds are often confused.
- V is made with the bottom lip touching the upper teeth: very, ever, have
- B is made with both lips touching: be, able, cab
- Be careful of words with both V and B: oblivious, observe
2) SH & S
- These two sounds are also confused.
- SH is made with the tongue further back in the mouth and with the lips rounded.
- S is further forward and the lips are more relaxed. The S sounds higher in pitch.
- Check she compared to see.
- 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.
- We only pronounce a R sound when there is a vowel sound after it: Really, Tree, Carry
- We don’t pronounce a R sound when there is no vowel sound after it: Car, Learn, Here
- This is often replaced by an N (when the front of the tongue is touching the teeth).
- Make sure the back of your tongue is up (like when you pronounce a K) and the front of the tongue is down.
- Compare: gone – gong.
5) The /i:/ sound in sheep and the /ɪ/ sound like in ship.
- The /i:/ is long and the /ɪ/ is short.
- The tongue is more tense for /i:/ and more relaxed for /ɪ/.
- Compare: seat-sit, feet-fit, beat-bit