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|Okay, today's topic is...
|Your pronunciation is terrible.
|Is pronunciation important or not?
|And this is a controversial topic for some.
|If you're wondering if you should aim for perfect pronunciation or not, be sure to watch this first.
|You'll discover how to approach pronunciation as a beginner, how to perfect your pronunciation with our program, and much more.
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|Your pronunciation is terrible.
|Is pronunciation important or not?
|How to Approach Pronunciation as a Beginner So, is perfect pronunciation important?
|This can be a controversial topic, and the answer may depend on personal preference.
|Some learners prefer to get everything just right.
|Some learners go for good enough and may revisit pronunciation later.
|And some, whether they realize it or not, move on with so-so pronunciation and never look back.
|Where do you fit in?
|Leave us a comment and let us know.
|But is there a right answer to this question?
|For the most part, we all want to say, yes, it is important, and it's hard to argue otherwise.
|Perfect pronunciation is ideal in an ideal world, but it gets a little complicated in the real world.
|First, language learning takes time.
|Second, it's not always easy to develop a perfect accent when you're an adult.
|So if you're a busy adult, time is something you may not have a lot of.
|If you want to have perfect pronunciation, or something close to it, you'll need to invest a lot more time.
|And even if you're not a busy adult, you still have to delay progress in speaking while you perfect your pronunciation.
|This may not be so fun for impatient learners who don't want to sit and drill one thing all day.
|So it ultimately also becomes a question of, do you want to focus on pronunciation and not really speak much of the language?
|Or do you want to speak a whole lot of the language with so-so pronunciation?
|Let us know in the comments.
|Which do you prefer?
|Now, if you have all the time in the world to practice, go for perfect pronunciation.
|If not, then it's up to you how you want to spend your time.
|But if you're a beginner and you're worried about getting everything right, it's okay to get a basic understanding of the pronunciation and move to other areas of the language.
|You don't have to get it all right on the first try.
|Remember, language is a tool we use for communication.
|If the tool is good enough, and if you can get your point across, that's good enough for now.
|You can always come back to perfect things later on.
|But this approach does require some confidence, because there will be times when native speakers won't immediately understand you, and you have to deal with that.
|Now, what if you do want to improve your pronunciation?
|How you can perfect your pronunciation with our program.
|First, if you haven't done so already, learn the alphabet.
|This tip is only for brand new beginners.
|Learning the alphabet sets the foundation of your pronunciation, and for this, you can download our free printable alphabet PDF worksheet to master it.
|Second, check out our pronunciation course in the lesson library.
|This course should get you good enough at the pronunciation.
|You'll understand how the language sounds, what the important rules are, and what the most common mistakes are, so you can avoid them.
|If you're an absolute beginner or a beginner, we recommend you take these lessons.
|Third, increase your exposure to the target language.
|This tip is for learners of all levels, whether you're beginner or intermediate.
|The more you're exposed to native speech, the more you'll get used to the pronunciation.
|As you know, native speakers don't exactly sound like the slow, clean textbook examples you'd learn in most apps.
|You can do it with our lessons inside the recommended learning pathway or by listening to music, podcasts, and even watching TV shows in your target language.
|This is something you should be doing on a consistent basis.
|Fourth, use our pronunciation practice tool.
|You'll find it in the dialogue section of every audio lesson.
|With this tool, you can listen to the native speaker say a line and record yourself saying the same line, and play the two recordings side by side to see how close you get.
|The more you do it, the better your pronunciation will get.
|Fifth, work with a native teacher, because the best judge of your pronunciation will always be a native speaker.
|With our Premium Plus plan, you can send voice recordings to your Premium Plus teacher and get feedback and corrections.
|Your native teacher will instantly know where you need adjustment and help you improve.
|But again, don't worry if you don't get it right away.
|Good pronunciation comes with practice.
|And even if you have a not-so-perfect accent, natives will still be able to understand you.
|And that is good enough.
|So thank you for watching this episode of Monthly Review.
|Next time, we'll talk about how to master 500 words with spaced repetition.
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