English Pronunciation Tips for IELTS Speaking Test

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What is a common challenge Keith shares about understanding native French speakers?

Different pronunciation from the written word

Which example demonstrates how native English speakers may change sounds when speaking?

"What do you do?" vs. "What do you want?"

Why is understanding contractions important in spoken English according to the text?

To improve fluency in the IELTS speaking test

In what context can present tense questions be pronounced differently?

Depending on the speaker's mood or intention

Which contraction examples are commonly used in spoken English?

'wanna' (want to) and 'gonna' (going to)

Study Notes

  • Keith runs The Keith Speaking Academy, English Speaking Success, and English Speaking Success Shorts
  • Keith shares his experience of struggling to understand native French speakers despite studying the language extensively
  • English pronunciation differs significantly from the written word
  • Native English speakers use contractions, change sounds, and omit words when speaking
  • Example: "What do you do?" vs. "What do you want?"
  • Native speakers may also use similar expressions with slightly different meanings
  • "What are you up to?" and "What are you having?" are examples of such expressions
  • Present tense questions can be pronounced differently depending on the context
  • Contractions "wanna" (want to) and "gonna" (going to) are commonly used in spoken English
  • Other common contractions exist, and understanding them can help improve fluency in IELTS speaking test.

Learn about the nuances of English pronunciation with examples like contractions, changes in sounds, and differences between spoken and written English to improve fluency in the IELTS speaking test.

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