You can improve your mark in the IELTS Speaking exam if you learn to pronounce words correctly.
For multi-syllable words it is important to get the stress pattern right.
When you learn a new word, learn which syllable is pronounced most strongly.
In the IELTS Speaking exam you need to show that you have a broad vocabulary.
In English there are many words that have the same general meaning; however, they may have subtly different definitions.
Challenge and obstacle can both refer to a difficulty. However, if you use the word challenge, you imply that you may be able to overcome the difficulty. If you use obstacle, you imply that the difficulty is harder to overcome.
Learn to distinguish these subtle differences of meaning to express yourself precisely.
In the IELTS Speaking exam you can improve your mark by pronouncing sounds correctly.
In English, the same letter can often be pronounced in different ways.
The letter ‘s’ can sound like /s / or /z/.
‘S’ sounds like /s / when it is:
‘S’ sounds like /z / when it:
- at the start of a word, e.g. some
- doubled, e.g. kissed
- at the start of a consonant cluster, e.g. estate
- after a voiceless sound like /k/, /p / or /t/, e.g. talks
- comes after a vowel
- comes after a voiced sound like /b/, /d/, /I/, /m/, /n/, /v / or /r/, e.g. leads, birds, homes, cars
Improve your pronunciation by focusing on problem consonants,
Depending on your language, these may include:
- consonants which come at the end of a word, for example: develop
- groups of consonants with no vowels between them (consonant clusters), for example: evolve
- closely-related consonant sounds which are not differentiated in your language, for example: /b / and /v/; /I / and /r/; /s / and /0 /
Practise saying words which end with consonant sounds.
Practise saying words with consonant clusters until you can say them without adding extra vowels.
If you have difficulty differentiating between two sounds, practise repeating word pairs which only differ in those sounds, for example, for /I/ and /r/, practise saying light and right.
Use an adverb at the beginning of a statement to indicate your attitude towards it.
Fortunately, I was able to fund my studies myself.
The most common sound in English is the schwa.
It occurs in unstressed syllables and in writing can be represented by any vowel.
above, better, pencil, contain, suppose
To pronounce it, you should relax your jaw and make the briefest possible vowel sound.
Using attitude markers such as surprisingly, interestingly, and inevitably can make your responses more interesting. However, if you overuse them or use them inappropriately you will not sound natural.
Notice how proficient speakers use them and in what contexts.
Avoid using them in every sentence.