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English Pronunciation Resources for Native Chinese Speakers

In my last post for Chinese students, I looked at some of the consonant sounds in English that are difficult for native Mandarin speakers.

Today, I’m here to show Magoosh’s Chinese learners some of the best resources on the web for pronunciation of English consonants. Read on!

  • English Speak Like a Native (ESLAN) presents 15 Common Pronunciation Problems for Chinese Learners. This guide gives a great overview of the most common challenges Chinese students face when pronouncing English, with many examples. 8 of the 15 common errors involve consonants. Unfortunately, there isn’t any audio of the examples. But the page does use IPA symbols to give you a good idea of the sounds involved. You may want to also consider copying and pasting the example words into Google Translate, and using the “play sound” function.
  • The videos for Chinese students on the Rachel’s English Youtube Channel. Rachel’s English has some great clips designed to help Chinese students with pronunciation. The following video is really helpful for Chinese learners who need to improve their English consonant pronunciation. It focuses both on consonants and on vowels as they relate to consonants.

 

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3 Responses to English Pronunciation Resources for Native Chinese Speakers

  1. swan July 8, 2015 at 11:41 pm #

    thanks a lot. I hope it will be helpful!

  2. M January 29, 2017 at 5:32 pm #

    Hello.
    The problem with English today, is the fact, Phonetics does NOT teach the correct English sounds. Take the letter “U”, in English it has two sounds, it’s name “U” pronounced just like the word “YOU”, and it’s sound “u” like in the words Cup and Sun.
    The Correct Proper English letter “U” does NOT have the Phonetic sound of “oo”.
    Take the word TUNA, pronounced T YOU NA, in proper English! While with the French/American Phonetics it is pronounced TOONA! Which in fact is NOT English!
    People being taught Phonetics will never be able to pronounce correct proper English words!
    The whole problem comes from the Phonetic rubbish being taught today!
    Phonetics does NOT have paired letter sounds, or syllables.
    Thank you

    • David Recine
      David Recine January 30, 2017 at 2:41 am #

      This comment made me smile. You’ve really done a good job describing the difficulty of written English phonics. The English writing system has a lot of inconsistencies that can be very frustrating and confusing, to be sure. You’re also right that phonics, at their most basic level, are not about paired letters– they are just about sounds. Unfortunately, the only alphabet that rally captures this by assigning one letter to one sound is the IPA, or International Phonetic Alphabet. Any other alphabet will sometimes use pair or groups of letters to show a single sound. And English does this more than most languages.

      There are a few things I disagree with you, however. I would say that syllables are a part of phonics and phonology. People make distinct sounds to create a sense of multiple syllables. This is very much about the sound of speech, and isn’t just a construct of writing.

      I’d also say your “tuna” example isn’t quite correct. I’ve heard “tuna” pronounced either way by speakers of British English. Additionally, it’s hard to say that any one form of English is “not” English. If a French person or an American person can communicate clearly to others in English, then I think their words can be considered “English,” even with some variations in pronunciation. The TOEFL takes this position a well. Accents and and non-standard pronunciation has little or no impact n score, as long as the speech in understandable.


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