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.
Rachel’s other Youtube Videos for Chinese students are linked below:
- American English Accent Evaluation, Part 1 of 2 and 2 of 2. In these two videos, Rachel analyzes the speech of a male Chinese student.
- American English Accent Evaluation: Female Chinese Speaker. Rachel gives another helpful, detailed set of corrections for a recording of a Chinese student’s speech.
- Ted Power’s 27 Common Pronunciation Problems for Chinese Students. This page includes a look at 17 common consonant problems. It includes many activities with minimal pairs. Minimal pairs are words that sound almost the same, but have one different sound. These pairs are very useful for practicing distinct pronunciation of consonants.
- Speak Method’s Free 8 Week English Pronunciation Course for Chinese Students. This online self-study course includes links to many, many pronunciation videos. The page of examples and videos for the R sound is particularly helpful.
- Pronuncian’s Podcast Playlist For Chinese Learners of English. This page shows different English sounds, with audio examples of the sounds at the beginning, middle, and end of words. Each set of audio samples is followed by a written list of minimal pairs for practice.