Quick & Easy Pronunciation Practice Ideas!

Today I’d like to share with you some really quick and easy ways that you can integrate speech and pronunciation practice into your daily routines.

1) Newspaper Practice
Do you read the newspaper in the morning? Ok, take just 10 more minutes to do an analysis of a short passage — mark the work stress, break the content into chunks, read it out loud to practice flow. Concentrate on sounds that you know are difficult for you. There you go. 10 minutes of practice. Check!

2) Morning Commute
How do you get to work? Do you drive? If you’re one of my clients, you have some pronunciation CDs and listening materials you can stick in your CD player. If you’re on the bus, metro, subway, listen to the mp3s on your phone. Obviously if you’re in a public place you probably won’t want to be doing production practice, but you could get away with it in your car. Either way, you’re at least working on your listening skills. That’s at least 15 more minutes of practice, and it’s really good practice if you’re able to also practice your speaking at that time. Check!

3) Boring Meetings
Now what about when you’re sitting in that incredibly boring meeting at work? Instead of letting your mind wander to all kinds of crazy things, put your speech awareness hat on and make some notes about how the person speaks. If they’re a good speaker, what can you learn from them? If they aren’t so good… what can you learn from them? Listen for pronunciation, timing, flow, use of examples and stories, audience engagement techniques (or lack thereof). Turn your daily experiences into learning experiences. We just got about 30 more minutes of practice in! Not bad!

4) Waiting Times
Now, another opportunity! Think about all the time you spend waiting during the day. Maybe you’re stuck on hold with your bank, or someone is late for a meeting, or you’re waiting in the car for your kids when you’re picking them up at school or another activity… Make small lists of minimal pairs that you can practice in these moments. Write them on small notecards, something like a business card size and have them handy at your desk or in your bag, so you can run through them and practice. You could get as much as 20 minutes of practice per day using this technique!!

10 + 30 (you have to commute both ways!) + 30 + 20 = 1hr, 15min per day!
Then let’s say you schedule just one 15 minute practice session into your day, as I recommend.
You’re working on your speech for an hour and half each day!!

And we haven’t even thought about all the talking you do in a day. Think about if you approached every conversation as an opportunity to practice! It’s just about raising your awareness!

Be creative with your speech practice. Integrate it into your daily routine. Raise your awareness about how you and others speak throughout the day. Always have this in the back of your mind in your conversations with people. You have more than enough time to work on your speech. You CAN do this!!

How do YOU work pronunciation practice into your daily routine? Leave your ideas in the comments section below!

Comments

  1. Arzul says:

    I am taking my own efforts to get myself improve in English. I had my english writing in my blog since 2009 and almost of my entries are in English. Everyday i will write my task in Englsih and tried to find new words to be used. For me to remember every single of word and its meaning is too hard rather than turned it into my daily routine such as writing articles, read articles and understand its meaning, talk to myself and my daughter in English and make a notes in my smartphone about my tasks, activities and lots more. It is kind of enjoy learning other language despite of my national language. Last 5 years I was totally ZERO in English knowledge hence my job need 100% of that. After an initiative has been executed in somewhere in March2009, here it is my English now (the way I wrote this comment) even though it still far way to go to be perfect, but I believed I’m improving. Just one thing, I need more guidance and to learn more on Listening an Pronouncing(speaking). Starting 2013, i had put an extra efforts on it, to listen more and to speak more. :-)

  2. jina lotus says:

    Hello Heather,
    What a great work you are doing. Thank you much for time and devotion to help us become great communicators. I tried to get part two of the communication lesson, however it keeps saying that my membership is not at that level yet. So please help.
    Jina

    • Heather Hansen says:

      Hi Jina
      Thanks so much for your nice comments! Are you still having trouble accessing the recordings? I just checked the system and it says you should have access to parts 1, 2 and 3 at this point. Let me know if you’re still having trouble.
      All the best
      Heather

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