Today, I must tell you about how do you speak English with phonetics usage. English can be spolen beautifully if you really concentrate on phonetics. Even though you do not know how to speak English effectively, I do recommend to learn phonetics. The reason is that people around you judge you by your pronunciation rather than your grammar knowledge. The reason is that they themselves do not know grammar. Grammar is not an important criteria to speak English fluently. But I say your pronunciation skills play its part. In this way you have to make sure to make up your mind whether to learn grammar or pronunciation and which one to be given preference. Though I am in some way not able to tell you about phonetics in this article, but I want to birng to your notice about the importance and value of phonetics in English language. For example, even though we do not sing well, but we know who is the good singer if we listen to others singing. Do you know what could be the reason? It is same with English language too. People know how good you are at English just by listening irrespective of their ignorance in the language.
Vowel sounds: So what is phonetics and which elements are there in phonetics. Firslty I want to speak clearly about phonetics. Phonetics is nothing but a matter of using vowels rightly and contracting them nicely. There are different types of vowels in phonetics. Firstly short vowels. There type of vowels are those which we pronunce shortly with out much dragging them or prolonging them. So use this sounds normally. There is not much effort that you must put regarding this short Vowel sounds. So thee is not much practise involved in learning this short vowels. Short vowels are important when you speak within the word. So try to know which are the short vowels. I am trying to give chart about this in the image. You can check in the image, which are the short vowels and see the examples from the dictionary. In this way you can get short vowels pronounced correctly. Short vowels charts are also availbale in google images. Just click on images search engine section of google about short vowel charts. Search for the clear and best google image chart about short vowel and do bit practise. This will help you better.
Long vowels: Here these are also a type of typical long vowel sounds in phonetics. Thiw will benefit you to the extent of being pronouncing long vowels in a long durantion. For example take the word see. Here see is pronounced at the end longer than usual. So these type of vowels are called long vowels in phonetics language. Long vowels are in one or other way are very useful. I would give you one more example like food. In the word food we have also long vowel sound in the middle of the word food. This way we learn long vowels along with short vowels sounds. Wnen you see long sounds which means that the sound is longer pornounced. You can recognize this by seeing the sound with two dots. These dots represent that you need to pronounce longer than usual. Learning these sounds will surely benefit you of understanding simple words in which we really make mistake sometimes. We ourselves do not know really what type of typical mistakes we often do in terms of long vowels. So try to learn this sounds clearly and make sure you leanr them by practising loudly at terrace or outside. Alway loud practice is good that silent one.
Diphtongs & Triphthongs: These sounds are also a category of vowel sounds which will be a combination of two or three short vowels. For example take the word hour. See the phonetic script in the dictionary and you will find thre are sounds of 3 vowels which mean to be triphthong. So this way the sounds are spoken combined.Last but not least these are also very much of interest when you learn. Some I want to mention like care fare stare where hair. Just check the dictionary how wrongly do you really pronounce and h ow much do you thing that you are pronouncing correctly. As I have mentioned, All short vowels and long vowels and diphtongs and triphthongs do belong to vowel category. Once you master these somple sounds then you can go with other difficult sounds like consonants. But make sure you listen through credible source and learn from credible institutes. Do not learn wrongly ans stick to the wrong sound thinking to be correct. Once you learn wrongly it is very difficult to make it right. Because you have adjusted completly to such sounds and learnt wrongly. That is why you have leanr rightly first itself. That is how.
Consonants: p, b, t,z like this we have 24 consonant sounds. Altogether we have 44 sounds in Phonetics and 20 vowels sounds and 24 consonant sounds in Phonetics. You have to learn all of them to get through phonetics successfully Consonants are very difficult to pronounce. Nasal sounds and friction type sound come into light here. So you have to learn it perfectly to master sounds. Once you are through with all the sounds you can then thing of checking dictionary for the phonetics script for each word. You have to make it as a hobby to check the dictionary for the phonetics scriot. In this way you can tell cleary which word takes exactly which script. You must also practice writing phonetics script every now and then. you must be in a postition to write script without seeing to it. So practice and do it for 6 months to 2 years. It will take two years to learn phonetics perfectly. For example write for each sound 100 words and prepare one book. This way you can master all the phonetics sounds and can be able to really give good output for your pronounciation level. your pronunciation will become finer.
Conclusion: Phonetics is all about practicing sounds on everyday basis. These sounds are typically hard to master but it is your determination to change your style of pronunciation. Also concentrate of Accent Intonation Syllables and overall. listen to audio clips too in English language.
Author: Syam Prasad Reddy T