When you are unsure about the pronunciation of a word… What do you do?
Check the word in the dictionary?
Listen closely to how people say it?
Avoid using this word at all costs?… 🙂
Since we are so reliant on spelling (we started learning English through reading and writing), the visual representation is important to us. WAY too important.
And the fact that English is not a phonetic language is the source all confusions.
Whenever I write for my students a word phonetically, the way it should actually sound, I immediately get asked: “Why couldn't they just write it this way?”
Salmon ->sa-mn | Congratulate – kn-gra-juh-leit | holiday> haa-luh-dei
The bad news is – English spelling ain’t gonna change.
The good news is, that you now have a free Google search tool that spells words the way they should be pronounced! ?
The reason why I’m super confident about the value of this tool is that I had the privilege of teaming up with the Google dictionary team to help them create it!
Don't waste another minute feeling lost in pronunciation
and watch today's video to see how you can use it yourself:
Did you try it? Leave me a comment below the video and tell me what you think!
You could find a more detailed video tutorial on how to use Google Pronto in this episode.