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How important is pronunciation when giving a talk?

How important is pronunciation when giving a talk?


With English as your second language and you are in front of an audience

It can be difficult to say some of the English sounds correctly for example the ‘th’ sound. I once attended a free three hour seminar, aimed to sell a weekend course for Tony Robbins. The speaker, who I believe was from India or Pakistan moaned at the audience, because people didn’t laugh at his jokes!

I immediately went into ‘correction-mode’ and started listening in a different way to what he was saying and noticed, that he didn’t say the ‘th’ sound, but shortened it to a ‘t’ sound. Taught instead of thought and tink instead of think and so on.

Have you thought about renting a flat?

Have you taught about renting a flat?

These two sentences have completely different meanings and even you most likely can second-guess, what the speaker means, given the context, it serves to exhaust the listener. Listening becomes an effort and will affect the joy of the talk; hence jokes may fall flat to the ground, for that simple reason.

Taught (the past form of teach); to teach someone is explaining something new and the word thought (the past form of think); is what goes on in the brain.

If a person says ‘I teenk’, when you mean ‘I think’ the listener have to consider, what has been said, because the word teenk doesn’t mean anything (and again anyteeng without the th sound is a non-existing word).

This can be very confusing for some listeners, who may not know you very well so don’t get the point and therefore will fall behind getting the message, due to the speed of the speaker. Before they get a chance to think about the sentence you are speaking about something else.

People from your country or region may understand the meaning immediately, because they speak English the same way.

When a listener have to sit and translate a few or several of the words (you say) and consider the context, it can be difficult to get the jokes that was told. The speaker on the other hand, who trusts in having spoken correct English, finds it strange that people don’t get the jokes.

Flex your muscles

We have 109 muscles in the tongue and use several of them depending, which language we speak. I especially feel this, when going back to my home-country and speak my mother-tongue, because if I speak a lot during the first couple of days, I can feel the exhaustion in my tongue.

Here at IYE International we can help you with any aspect of the English language to enable you to #speakbetterEnglish in many ways.

Feel free to book a 20 minutes free consultation to discuss, what problems you encounter and what you would like to learn within your budget.

Companies planning an event in an English speaking environment, would in many cases benefit from a short workshop to practise the vocabulary and common phrases for the product or performance they are going to give.

Either you are selling a product, making a demonstration of new innovation, or introducing composers and music when conducting a concert, you might be more successful and confident in English if you rehearse with one of our teachers beforehand.

Having English at the forefront of your head, when you are going to work in English is a great advantage, so you can concentrate on the outcome of the event.

Native English speakers also welcome.

You can call 0044 (0) 1273 933616 or email us for further info.

Have a nice weekend

The IYE International Team