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Why Does English Pronunciation Matter? Here Are 4 Good Reasons

As an English learner, you probably know that there’s a lot that goes into mastering your skills. You’ve got to learn vocabulary, understand all kinds of grammar, work on your listening comprehension, and more.

While there are lots of important parts of learning English, one of the most crucial things to focus on is pronunciation. There’s a good chance that a lot of your English communication will be spoken—not written—and in verbal communication, pronunciation is key. 

Let’s discuss why good English pronunciation shouldn’t be ignored!

1. Good pronunciation will ensure you’re understood

No matter how good your grammar is or how many words you know, you won’t get very far in a conversation with inaccurate, unclear pronunciation. By speaking clearly and carefully, you’ll be able to get your message across easily and without wasting any time having to repeat yourself or clear up any misunderstandings.

2. Pronunciation skills lead to listening skills

Believe it or not, mastering your English pronunciation can also help you understand other people better. In order to pronounce a word correctly, you need to be able to hear it correctly—once you can hear a word accurately, you’ll be able to work on pronouncing it well. That means the more words you learn how to pronounce properly, the more words you’ll be able to understand when you hear them. So perfecting your pronunciation is an exercise in listening comprehension as well.

3. Proper pronunciation will boost your confidence

As we mentioned above, much of your English communication with others will probably be spoken—and that can be really scary. When you’re speaking to someone, you don’t have the opportunity to stop, review, and perfect every sentence like you would in writing. The good news is that by improving your pronunciation, you’ll gain the confidence to participate in conversations with English speakers since you know that you’ll be understood. That, in turn, will motivate you to speak more, which will help you continue to improve your speaking skills!

4. You’ll make a good impression

Even if you haven’t learned all the English tenses or you have a limited vocabulary, great pronunciation can make you appear more fluent than you are. If you compare someone who has strong grammar skills but poor pronunciation to someone else who only has basic grammar but fantastic pronunciation, you’ll see that the person who can pronounce words clearly will make a much better impression on native speakers.

Become a clear communicator through good pronunciation

We’d like to mention one thing here: Speaking clearly does not mean losing your accent (or adopting an “English” one). The goal when learning a new language is to enunciate so you can be understood—and that has nothing to do with your accent! And since it’s nearly impossible to adopt a different accent after the age of 12, you shouldn’t worry about that anyway. 

If you’re ready to have clear conversations, boost your confidence, improve your listening skills, and make a great impression, start practicing your pronunciation today!
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Andrea is a Gabby Academy coach and education technolgy writer based in Vancouver, Canada.