Texts for improving ENGLISH pronunciation
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italia  Identity Verified
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Apr 3, 2005

Dear all, for a student of mine, I am looking for texts (lower-upper-intermediate)with which he could improve his pronunciation.
Can anyone recommend me any webistes with downloadable texts???
TIA for all your support....

[Edited at 2005-04-03 13:14]

[Edited at 2005-04-03 13:36]


dieter haake  Identity Verified
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Ok - Apr 3, 2005



[Edited at 2005-04-03 13:31]

damit keine Missverständnisse entstehen -
was ich vorher geschrieben hatte, hat sich erlegt -
nicht (!) das Problem von italia

[Edited at 2005-04-03 16:44]


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Not downloadable, but a great quick reference... Apr 3, 2005

Merriam-Webster has audible pronunciations for almost all English words in its online dictionary, see (hear) this example. I love that site.

Too bad you can't download the audio samples and print them outicon_wink.gif , but nonetheless, it might be a useful resource. You don't even have to install any plugins, a sound card & speakers are all you need.

Maybe you'll want to try searching Google for ESL, pronunciation and printable, that seems to result in some good hits.


edit: Spelling corrected

[Edited at 2005-04-04 09:52]


Kim Metzger  Identity Verified
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Texts for improving English pronunciation Apr 3, 2005

italia wrote:
Dear all, for a student of mine, I am looking for texts (lower-upper-intermediate)with which he could improve his pronunciation.
Can anyone recommend me any webistes with downloadable texts???

Hi italia, these aren't downloadable texts, but you might be interested anyway. I've used "Clear Speech" with beginning students and can highly recommend it.

Clear Speech Works™ software's purpose is to improve pronunciation. Its target pronunciation style is American Standard. This is achieved by use of the following:


The books and cassettes


Kim Metzger  Identity Verified
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Some free online resources for pronunciation Apr 3, 2005







italia  Identity Verified
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THANX TO EVERYONE!!!! Apr 4, 2005


Nicolette Ri (X)
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And this one Apr 4, 2005

Some of these are used by actors to improve diction.


Pablo Roufogalis (X)
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¿Is it feasible without feedback from a native? Apr 7, 2005

Hello to all.

I wonder if it is possible to improve one's pronunciation of a foreign language without immediate feedback from a native speaker.

My daughter has an excelent English pronunciation, much better than mine, and she enjoys correcting me. But in many cases I can't hear the difference between hers and mine.

Side comment: When I speak English for a long time I get tired and start sounding like Desi Arnaz.


sabina moscatelli  Identity Verified
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I suggest Apr 8, 2005

the expensive but most precious D. Jones Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary with CD Rom.

I could not do without it.



neilmac  Identity Verified
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mansioningles.com Apr 8, 2005

This site is still free for now:


Caro Maucher  Identity Verified
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Poem for pronunciation practice Apr 30, 2005

Here's another - late - reply. I don't know who wrote this beauty, and every site gives a different author/source, but I'd love to shake his hand! (c:


Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.

Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it's written.)
Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as plaque and ague.
But be careful how you speak:
Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;
Cloven, oven, how and low,
Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.

Hear me say, devoid of trickery,
Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore,
Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,
Exiles, similes, and reviles;
Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
Solar, mica, war and far;
One, anemone, Balmoral,
Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;
Gertrude, German, wind and mind,
Scene, Melpomene, mankind.

Billet does not rhyme with ballet,
Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.
Blood and flood are not like food,
Nor is mould like should and would.
Viscous, viscount, load and broad,
Toward, to forward, to reward.
And your pronunciation's OK
When you correctly say croquet,
Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,
Friend and fiend, alive and live.

Ivy, privy, famous; clamour
And enamour rhyme with hammer.
River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,
Doll and roll and some and home.
Stranger does not rhyme with anger,
Neither does devour with clangour.
Souls but foul, haunt but aunt,
Font, front, wont, want, grand, and grant,
Shoes, goes, does. Now first say finger,
And then singer, ginger, linger,
Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, gouge and gauge,
Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age.

Query does not rhyme with very,
Nor does fury sound like bury.
Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth.
Job, nob, bosom, transom, oath.
Though the differences seem little,
We say actual but victual.
Refer does not rhyme with deafer.
Foeffer does, and zephyr, heifer.
Mint, pint, senate and sedate;
Dull, bull, and George ate late.
Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,
Science, conscience, scientific.

Liberty, library, heave and heaven,
Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.
We say hallowed, but allowed,
People, leopard, towed, but vowed.
Mark the differences, moreover,
Between mover, cover, clover;
Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
Chalice, but police and lice;
Camel, constable, unstable,
Principle, disciple, label.

Petal, panel, and canal,
Wait, surprise, plait, promise, pal.
Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair,
Senator, spectator, mayor.
Tour, but our and succour, four.
Gas, alas, and Arkansas.
Sea, idea, Korea, area,
Psalm, Maria, but malaria.
Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean.
Doctrine, turpentine, marine.

Compare alien with Italian,
Dandelion and battalion.
Sally with ally, yea, ye,
Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, and key.
Say aver, but ever, fever,
Neither, leisure, skein, deceiver.
Heron, granary, canary.
Crevice and device and aerie.

Face, but preface, not efface.
Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.
Large, but target, gin, give, verging,
Ought, out, joust and scour, scourging.
Ear, but earn and wear and tear
Do not rhyme with here but ere.
Seven is right, but so is even,
Hyphen, roughen, nephew Stephen,
Monkey, donkey, Turk and jerk,
Ask, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.

Pronunciation -- think of Psyche!
Is a paling stout and spikey?
Won't it make you lose your wits,
Writing groats and saying grits?
It's a dark abyss or tunnel:
Strewn with stones, stowed, solace, gunwale,
Islington and Isle of Wight,
Housewife, verdict and indict.

Finally, which rhymes with enough --
Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough?
Hiccough has the sound of cup.
My advice is to give up!!!


Jeff Allen  Identity Verified
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References to Tough Stuff poem Aug 8, 2005

Caro Giese wrote:

Here's another - late - reply. I don't know who wrote this beauty, and every site gives a different author/source, but I'd love to shake his hand!


Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.

See the references for this poem at:

Language Technology Reviews: http://www.geocities.com/langtecheval/


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TV Aug 18, 2005

In my opinion text are useless. I'm an Italian native and I speak a very good English and a perfect French (my French native teachers were really impressed by my pronounciation). I achieved these results only thanks to television: news, talk shows, quiz shows, telefilms. Nothing written, only listening, and listening, and listening...


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