3 STEPS

To Dramatically Improve Your Pronunciation

... For The 'Top 5' British Consonant Sounds

First Published:
15 May, 2016

Author:
Ashley Howard

Creator, English Pronunciation Roadmap

Sometimes people can really overcomplicate things ...

All too often my clients try to 'fix' everything at once. It can be a discouraging and frustrating task to say the least.

So today on the blog, I'm going to keep things really simple: we'll focus on the 5 English consonants which, when improved, can have the biggest impact on your speech.

'Pareto Principle'

Ever heard of the 80/20 rule?

Its original name was 'the Pareto Principle'. It states that 80% (i.e. a BIG part) of an outcome is often achieved by only 20% of your efforts.

Wouldn't it be great if you could apply this to your speech, and get more results with less effort? Well, you can!

I've put together a "Top 5" list of consonants: these are the 20% of consonant sounds that could give you 80% of the results you're after – clearer speech, fewer embarrassing misunderstandings, and expressing your ideas without fear.

Let's get started!

STEP 1:

Watch this ...

Which sound makes you misunderstood?

STEP 2:

Choose a video ...

Video #1: The Z Consonant Sound


TOP TIP: Make sure you feel vibration in your throat. This is a voiced sound and it should buzz, buzz, buzz!

Video #2: The R Consonant Sound


TOP TIP: Don’t let the tongue tip, or the back of your tongue, touch the roof of your mouth at all. The tongue should just curve up. Think of it as a soft R.

Video #3: The NG Consonant Sound

TOP TIP: This is a big one and so many speakers do it. In standard British English DON'T pronounce the G sound. I know it’s there in the spelling, but trust me, in RP, it’s completely silent!

Video #4: The TH Consonant Sound


TOP TIP: This tip is essential - don’t press your tongue to hard against your teeth. A lot of speakers make this mistake. If your TH sounds more like a T or D, then you’re pressing too hard. Lightly and gently so that the sound is long and steady – that’s the tip.

Video #5: The H Consonant Sound


TOP TIP: Here are two tips (aren’t you lucky!): don’t let the back of the tongue raise up towards the back of the roof of your mouth; and don’t push too much air up. Think of this as a soft, almost invisible sound.

STEP 3:

Download this ...

The 5-Day Audio 'Mini-Course': British English Consonants

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To conclude ...

 

So, which consonant did you find tough?

Or perhaps a specific word surprised you?

Let us know in the comments below ...

... and if you're really serious about speaking English with more confidence and clarity, be sure to sign up and download the Audio Course using the link above.

Need more info?

If you want a bit more information on what the free Audio Course contains and how it can help you, have a look here.



Use your voice...


Ashley Howard

I’m a big believer in keeping things simple. After thousands of hours of coaching, I compiled the 5 most mispronounced consonant sounds in British English, and arranged them into a ‘Mini Course’ that takes just 5 minutes a day. All you have to do is follow along. Download now and enjoy!

Ashley Howard Voice Coach, Creator of English Pronunciation Roadmap

So which of the 5 consonants do YOU find most difficult?

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