Spoken English for Business

Most business people today need to be able to speak English clearly and with confidence.

If you've not been taught English by a native speaker you may have excellent written and listening skills but may mispronounce some words making it difficult for people to understand what you are saying. To improve your spoken English for business you need to be aware of some of the mistakes people make.

Some common mistakes are:

  • 'Because' should sound like becuz and not becos
  • 'Company' should sound like Cumpany. This applies to 'some','come','one' and 'once' as well.
  • 'Work' should sound like werk. The vowel sound should sound the same as in the word 'her'.
  • 'Book' and 'Boot' should have totally different vowel sounds even though both are 'oo'. The sound needed is the same as for 'should', 'would' and 'could' and your mouth needs to be open and the 'uh' sound comes from the back of your throat.
  • 'Hair' and 'Her' can often sound the same as can 'where' and 'were'. The sound in 'hair' and 'where' is a two sounding vowel so your mouth needs to change shaoe as you say it - this means it needs tobe open fairly wide to start with.
  • The 'r' sound is usually too strong so you need to soften it, making door sound more like daw
  • The 'th' sounds needs to become a habit so that it sounds natural. Your tongue needs to go between your teeth BEFORE you start to make the sound and if you look in a mirror you should be able to see the tip of your tongue before you make the sound.
  • The 'oh' sound as found in 'no' is often pronounced like the 'oh' in 'not'. This is particularly noticeable in words like 'don't' and 'won't'. You need to have a lazy tongue to make this sound correctly, there should be no tension in the tongue and it should be in the middle of your mouth.
  • 'Little' often sounds like 'leetle' and it shouldn't. The 'i' is a short sound and is totally different than the 'ee' sound. You need to avoid stretching your lips out (like a smile).

If you have a Chinese background you may have difficulty with 'said' sounding like 'sad'

Lessons using Skype or in Dorset

If you think you would like some help with these words (or any other words) you could book a lesson via Skype/webcam. Please look at my Skype page for more details.

If you live locally (Bournemouth/Poole/Wimborne area) you can come to me or I can come to you. See my lesson page for more information.

Some people find it easy to alter the sounds once they have heard them pronounced correctly other people need to know what shape their mouth should be and where their tongue should be in order to get the correct sound. During the lesson we can try both ways to see which helps you to improve your spoken English for business.

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