Helping native Spanish-speakers with their pronunciation of English words.

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Heath SimsAnglais
10 janvier 2018
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<h1>Helping native Spanish-speakers with their pronunciation of English words.</h1>
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My name is Heath, and I live in Colombia, South America, and work in schools where I teach Colombians English. I also teach many Spanish-speaking students, originating from all over the world, on Verbling. (DISCLAIMER: My Spanish is not very good.)

And all of my students make the same mistakes and require the same attention.

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For Example

  • In Spanish, the 'v' and the 'b' sounds are generally pronounced the same, but in English they are pronounced differently.
</br></br>As a result, Spanish-speaking students have difficulty with these sounds, and a great way to test their ability is to have them say the following words in procession: </br>
'best' and 'vest'
</br>'vote' and 'boat'
</br></br>Then show the student how you place your teeth on your lip to make the 'v' sound, and how you pop your lips for the 'b' sound.
</br></br>You can test the student with the words: </br>van, vase, bag, big, bird, bad.

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  • The past tense of regular verbs is made by adding 'ed' to a base verb.
E.g, 'She danced.'
</br></br>In Spanish, every letter is pronounced, so a Spanish-speaking student always says these past forms of verbs incorrectly because they pronounce the 'e'. But in English, we never pronounce that 'e'.

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  • A common sound in English, and a difficult one for Spanish-speakers, is 'th'.
</br></br>Words such as 'theif' and 'teeth' are difficult for students to pronounce.
</br></br>And the following words with 'th' are necessary for the student to know: that, this, the, them, they, these, those.
</br></br>But, if you're Spanish, it is important to know that the English 'th' sound is similar to the Spanish 'd'. You basically do the same thing with your tongue, but you poke it out a little more. This is easy for a teacher to teach once they know this similarity.
</br> </br>And it is important for the student to know the Spanish equivalent of the words mentioned above.
</br> </br>E.g,

eso = that
este **= this**
la, el **= the**
ellos, ellas **= they, them**
esos = those
estos, estas = these
</br>As you can see, the 'th' sound is very important.

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  • Another common mistake is that Spanish-speaking students say the word 'much' quite a lot in English.
</br>E.g, 'much time'.
</br></br>I assume it is because the word 'mucho' is used quite a lot in Spanish.
</br></br>For this mistake, I recommend giving the student gap-fill exercises to teach and test their use of 'more (mas)' and 'a lot of'.

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Okay. This is the end of my article; It is my first one, and I hope you have more insight into common pronunciation mistakes that Spanish-speaking students have.

Thank you for reading. Take care.


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NOTICE: my brand new laptop cannot detect headphones, and for at least 2 months (until March the 10th) I'm living in a hostel, so this is not the best situation for teaching. I apologise. MY life is me always looking for internet, a house, and dealing with technical issues. I'm hoping to be a teacher again in April with my own house and a working laptop. ====================== Hello, my name is Heath. I'm Australian and currently live in Colombia, South America. I've a TESOl certificate, have studied professional writing along with politics, and my dream is to be an author, alongside of having a great deal of experience in teaching. But nowadays I'm only interested in helping students with speaking and writing, especially Latinos. If you are a business man or woman, and you have the money, I recommend messaging me and organising a one hour phone call every single day to improve your speaking, to talk about any topic, our lives, just like old friends. My vocabulary is high, I've a sense of context, and I explain words and help without overwhelming you or hindering the conversation.
Flag
Anglais
globe
Australie
time
721
Anglais
Langue maternelle
,
Espagnol
A2
NOTICE: my brand new laptop cannot detect headphones, and for at least 2 months (until March the 10th) I'm living in a hostel, so this is not the best situation for teaching. I apologise. MY life is me always looking for internet, a house, and dealing with technical issues. I'm hoping to be a teacher again in April with my own house and a working laptop. ====================== Hello, my name is Heath. I'm Australian and currently live in Colombia, South America. I've a TESOl certificate, have studied professional writing along with politics, and my dream is to be an author, alongside of having a great deal of experience in teaching. But nowadays I'm only interested in helping students with speaking and writing, especially Latinos. If you are a business man or woman, and you have the money, I recommend messaging me and organising a one hour phone call every single day to improve your speaking, to talk about any topic, our lives, just like old friends. My vocabulary is high, I've a sense of context, and I explain words and help without overwhelming you or hindering the conversation.

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