How Important is Pronunciation in Language Learning? – OUINO.com
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How Important is Pronunciation in Language Learning? – OUINO.com


How Important is Pronunciation in Language
Learning? Pronunciation can be quite tricky when learning
a new language, especially for adults. You’ll have to replicate lots of new strange
sounds that are completely unknown to you. The language you are learning may have the
same alphabet, but some letters will have an entirely different pronunciation. This can be confusing in the beginning, because
it looks like words are not pronounced the way they should. But how important is pronunciation in language
learning and what can you do to improve? Learning Pronunciation First. That is a step that is often overlooked by
many people and learning methods. We believe that acquiring some knowledge of
the proper pronunciation is essential before you dive in the depths of the language. You need to know how each letter, and combination
of letters, are pronounced. If there are accented letters, you should
learn them as well. The goal is not to master pronunciation right
from the start, but to at least understand how the language works. If you are learning German for example, the
letter V generically sounds like the English F. It is not difficult to say fff instead
of vvv, but you do need to know! Otherwise, you could pronounce it incorrectly
for years. Correcting your pronunciation from the start
will ensure that you don’t take in bad habits. It can be extremely difficult to correct your
pronunciation after years of reinforcement. Focus on Being Understood. When learning a new language, it’s important
that you focus on being understood. Try to clearly enunciate, rather than trying
to speak exactly like native speakers, who tend to mumble quite a bit at times. If you do your best to clearly enunciate every
syllable in your new language, you will be understood by others in no time. That’s the main goal of most people. After all, having an accent is not really
a problem in most situations; it’s just your own way of speaking. You may not speak exactly the same way as
everyone around you, but that doesn’t matter at all. There’s a popular saying that goes something
like this: “Never make fun of someone with an accent, it means they know another language”. (I just changed that quote a bit.) Sounding like a Native Speaker. Many learners would love to sound like native
speakers in their new language. But what does that mean exactly? English speakers from the UK and from the
US have different accents, but they are simply different ways of speaking. Heck, we tend to generalize the UK and US
accents, but it is said that there are over 50 different accents in the British Isles
alone! But if you really do want to sound exactly
like the native speakers of a certain area, you can simply spend lots of time immersing
yourself in that particular accent. If you listen to a lot of material and constantly
practice out loud, you can get there. Be warned though, this will take a lot of
work. In Ouino, you can record your voice and compare
it to the recording of our native speakers. You can listen for the little subtleties in
the pronunciation and make the adjustments needed to sound more native. Don’t Let It Keep You from Speaking. One of the most important things is to never
let pronunciation keep you from speaking. It’s important to practice speaking as much
as possible. Spoken practice will help you improve your
pronunciation and most importantly; your ability to clearly communicate. Even if your accent is so thick that you are
not understood at first, the other person will simply ask you to repeat. Once they understand, they will likely tell
you the proper pronunciation and you’ll naturally get better. Nothing should ever keep you from speaking. The Importance of Reading. There is a big difference between not saying
words correctly because some sounds are difficult for you to reproduce, and not saying things
correctly because you think that is how they are said. Reading can fix a lot of these problems. Once you know how each letter is pronounced,
knowing how the words are spelled should help your pronunciation. Reading will help you in all parts of language
learning. Once you know how to read, you can even practice
your pronunciation by reading books out loud, which is likely one of the best ways to practice
your pronunciation. Listen and Repeat. Whenever you listen to audio material, try
to repeat after the recording. You can do this with movies, YouTube videos,
songs or any audio you can get your hands on. Listen attentively, pause the recording, and
repeat what you heard out loud. This exercise can also be done with the Ouino
program. Repeating out loud is another way you can
greatly increase your pronunciation skills. All that being said, remember what’s truly
important: being understood. If you can do that, remember that having an
accent is no big deal, it can even give you a certain charm! If you liked our video, please give us a thumbs
up! It really means a lot to us! For more language-learning, check out our
website at Ouino.com, that’s O, U, I, N, O, dot com. Thanks!

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2 thoughts on “How Important is Pronunciation in Language Learning? – OUINO.com

  1. Here are some time stamps to save you time so you can get back to learning your new language. 🙂
    0:00 Introduction
    0:35 Learning Pronunciation First
    1:27 Focus On Being Understood
    2:10 Sounding Like a Native Speaker
    3:00 Don’t Let it Keep You From Speaking
    3:33 The Importance of Reading
    4:05 Listen and Repeat
    4:39 Learn a New Language at Ouino.com

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