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If you want to improve your pronunciation, you must first of all understand basic sounds in English: what we call the phonemes. Words are made up of a number of phonemic sounds. Without being clear about these basic phonemic sounds and how to make the sounds with your mouth, it is hard to pronounce words correctly. |
Some of the sounds in English are different from the sounds that you make in Chinese, though they may appear to be similar. You must understand these differences and then get the right English sounds.
To get some idea of what I am talking about, have a look at this website:
When you start getting these sounds right, you will find your word pronunciation starting to improve.
Next, speaking naturally in English is more than just putting well-pronounced words together. You need to understand a number of other things, including word stress, sentence stress, intonation and connected speech.
To understand a native speaker well, you really need to understand sentence stress, that is, which words in a sentence are stressed, and which ones are weak. This is quite different from Chinese.
Also, in natural spoken English, we don't usually pronounce each word clearly and separately in sentences (unless perhaps when we are speaking to children or to someone who is not very bright). We tend to "connect" words together in different ways. This is called "connected speech". To really understand native speakers, you must also understand the rules of connected speech, and understand how word pronunciation changes in sentences. You can try to find books and materials that deal with all the above. I hope you find this useful.