Many non-native speakers, no matter the language struggle with one common, major issue. That issue is pronunciation. As with all languages, English has it’s own mixture of rules, exceptions and the confusing question about how exactly do you know if a word is pronounced phonetically or not?
Unfortunately for non-native speakers, English is also a language which borrows a multitude of words from German, French and Spanish. This amalgamation of possible lexicons boggles the mind of even native speakers who are unfamiliar to the gamut, which, by the way, isn’t spelled the way it sounds as even I have to admit I wasn’t able to correctly spell it without the aid of the dictionary.
So what, pray tell, should the non-native English speaker do to rectify this issue? As with all problems when learning a new language, the answer is a simple one: practice, practice, practice. Some great ideas for pronunciation practice can be found in music, movies, shows and audiobooks. Each of these options affords you the opportunity to see, hear, understand and practice repeating each word. Whether it’s the word «sneakers», «foreigner» or «onomatopoeia», these words can be mastered as with all things.
Keep moving forward. You can do it!