Saying it

A quick but useful guide to pronunciation in English, and an introduction to the IPA.

Many EFL IT workers can read English very well, particularly those who have had to use text books written in English to learn their IT skills. The problems come when you get your first job, and your clients can’t understand you – not because you lack the vocabulary, but because you’ve been confused about pronunciation and spelling. I hope this helps!

The IPA chart – click and listen to each individual sound

The IPA Chart – printable

IPA Chart

The English International Pronetic Alphabet

How we speak

If you want to say ver, you have to turn on your vocal cords when saying ‘fff’

How to pronounce vowel sounds

Voiced and voiceless sounds

A voiced sound uses the larynx and vocal cords. P and B use exactly the same mouth and tongue movements, but B uses the voice box, whereas P does not. Likewise, f and v both use the same mouth and tongue movements, but f is unvoiced, whereas v is voiced. It is very difficult for westerners to understand EFL speakers who do not pronounce voiced sounds at the end of words. This video should explain it better.

BBC Pronunciation Website

4 Responses to Saying it

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  2. Fergus says:

    great page Danny, where did you source the British Council chart its really useful.

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