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An English Academy Tutorial on Improving Diction and Pronunciation

When it comes to language, English is the one considered to be universal in usage with many countries including it in their education curriculum. In fact a lot of countries which are popularly chosen for immigration purposes like the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom will require its citizenship applicants to pass certain exams to prove their English speaking proficiency. If you are one who is struck with wanderlust and wishes to hop from one country to another, discovering cultures as you travel, learning English is necessary. So how can one improve their diction and pronunciation if they are not native speakers? The English Academy is here to help us with the following advice.

  1. read bookTALK – Practice always makes perfect and if not it raises up the bar a few notches higher. It earns a lot of improvement so always talk and speak in English. You will need as much practice as you can. Do so not only in the school, office or other formal institutions but at home as well. Talk as much as you can as you need all the practice you can get.
  2. WATCH – Here’s a fun way to learn diction and pronunciation: watch movies and television shows. Observe the movement of the lips of actors and actresses. Try replicating them too. You will not only pick a handful of learning and new discoveries but you will surely enjoy a good dose of entertainment as well. Whoever says learning is boring is terribly wrong.
  3. THINK – To help hone your skills better at speaking English, think in English as well. When trying to pick out your lunch from the menu, arguing with yourself whether a new pair of pump is practical, choosing what dish to cook for dinner and pretty much everything else, think using the language. You’ll see yourself getting that needed improvement later on.
  4. READ AND SING– As much as reading exposes you to grammar structures and disciplines it also helps you improve your pronunciation. Pick a good literary piece such as a poem or a few lines from a book and read them aloud. If you want to add melodies then do so. Sing your heart out and mind your diction.
  5. WRITE – Likewise, writing is beneficial according to the English Academy. It helps enhance your brain and make you remember both old and new words and terms. Also for any kinesthetic learners, this is as good an exercise as reading al