12 Sep 2014

Pronunciation - native speakers struggle, too! - part 1

If you feel that your pronunciation is poor and that you make "so many mistakes", have a look at the videos I've collected for you below. See? Sometimes native speakers struggle, too. And a lot! Hope this makes you a bit more reassured. :-)

Singing in the rain - I can't stand him
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3OkXi5osfU


Haitch or aitch? How do your pronounce 'H', 'says', 'ate' & 'mischievous'? 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfqDtIlZCjA 


If you want to find out more about this research, read this original article on the BBC website:

If you want to find out more about the pronunciation of the word 'mischievous', you'll find it here:
'Mischivus' or 'miss-cheevy-us'? (interview with JC Wells)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_9135000/9135161.stm

Haitch or aitch - Fascist workplace phonics from That Mitchell & Webb Look Series 4 - Episode 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJ0l_vPyUmg


The British Council's Five Gentlemen and their take on pronunciation 
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhHl1G7ZuSQKdabhNpBiWtE_-f7gqaqoh


What you ought to know - Things we say wrong
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbSSQe6vsSw&feature=related


John Travolta's Oscars (by Conan O'Brien)
https://youtu.be/p5WsM26Dbt4


CNN Christian Amanpour teaching how to pronounce Iran and Iraq

Newscasters can't pronounce the name of the hurricane 'Cristobal' (by Jimmy Kimmel)


Is this the worst Wheel of Fortune contestant?


How not to pick up girls (disclaimer: this content is not for children!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LocxRXGvCAs


HIMYM - Ted Mosby pronouncing "chameleon"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yGMhG98ebY


Jimmy Kimmel's Best mispronounced word of the decade
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4PDPQ5gTm0


A few classics
German coast guard
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guELpieYlFU


Pink Panther - I would like to buy a hamburger
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1P_Nfj_ozo


Voice recognition lift in Scotland


Adam and Joe from BBC discussing learning pronunciation with expert Tracy



And for those of you who like some music:
Shtreet life :-)


Weird al Yankovic - Word Crimes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gv0H-vPoDc


A bit of history: What did he say? (The Mumble Song) by The Charioteers (1948)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMlxxZsfp44



More motivational videos in "Pronunciation - native speakers struggle, too - part2"



And have a look at the following links, too:
Some funny pronunciation moments in TV and film
http://saundz.com/some-funny-pronunciation-moments-in-tv-and-film/
Memorable quotes from films
http://saundz.com/you-had-me-at-hello-pronunciation-patterns-of-famous-movie-quotes/
And for Doctor Who fans: American Doctor Who fans befuddled by Capaldi's accent
http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2014/sep/11/doctor-who-peter-capaldi-american-fans-scottish-accent

9 comments:

  1. I am totally delighted by such awesome short videos you have posted. Thank you :)

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    1. Thank you Alma! I'm really happy that you like it.

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  2. Hi Beata;
    Just to let you know that we’ve shortlisted this blog post for this month’s TeachingEnglish blog award and I’ll be making a post about it on Saturday’s TeachingEnglish Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/TeachingEnglish.BritishCouncil, if you’d like to check there for likes and comments.

    Best,
    Ann

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    1. Ann!
      Thank you very much. I feel really flattered and gratified. I put the post for my students here in Poland and didn't expect it to become so popular and appreciated worldwide. I will be very happy to read what you've written on TE.BC facebook wall. :)

      Best,
      Beata

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  3. excellent site thank you

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    1. Thanks for your comment medlind! :)

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  4. Anonymous3:41 am

    Thanks for sharing! :D

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  5. Nice article! thanks for this material has been a great help, I recommend this app has really been a great tool for my learning and pronunciation
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pronuntiapp

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    1. Thanks! I'll add it to my apps list. :)

      /Beata

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