Reducción de Acento para Hispanohablantes

5 claves de pronunciación inglesa para Hispanohablantes que quieren mejorar su acento inglés

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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.

 

3) R

  •  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: CarLearn, Here

 

4) NG

  • 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

 

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