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How important is it to have pronunciation like a native speaker in the IELTS?

In the past, many learners of English aimed to have native-speaker pronunciation. The ideal was to speak something called received pronunciation (similar to the way they speak on the BBC news). However, nowadays more and more people are realizing that this is not necessary. There is a new understanding of what it means to have … Continue reading

Pronunciation: getting the sounds of words right

When people talk about pronunciation, they usually mean the sounds of individual words. This is not the whole story. Having good pronunciation also means having a good knowledge of word stress, sentence stress, intonation and rhythm. The good news is that problems with the individual sounds of words are usually easy to fix. Problems: It’s … Continue reading

The five main areas of English pronunciation

The public speaking bands do not contain much detail about the pronunciation features that the examiners are listening for. If you want to get a high band, you need to focus on the following areas which are key to having good English pronunciation. Individual sounds Word stress Sentence stress Intonation Rhythm Don’t forget that most … Continue reading

You need (word) stress for the IELTS speaking interview

What is word stress? ‘Stress’ has more than one meaning. When we talk about stress and exams, we usually mean feelings of worry or anxiety. However, it also has a different meaning. This other meaning is important for success in the speaking interview. When we say a word which has 2 or more syllables, we … Continue reading