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Why do you find pronunciation difficult in English?

1.The number of sounds in English is more than the no. of letters

1. Tamil alphabet/ sound English alphabet / sound 247 247 26 44 1. the letter “o” produces multiple sound

J
position, police, politician
xpodium, portico, ponytail, police
Apossible, positive, popular
Bhorlicks, hospital, hostel
Ebook, look, took
Fboon, boost, boot, loot

2. WE TEND TO USE TAMIL SOUNDS INSTEAD ENGLISH SHOUNDS
under, water, automatically, cover, pants, canteen

2A. NON TAMIL SYSTEM – in pronouncing certain letters
Aaand, apple, aunty
Aeitake, date, table, gate, make, bake, cake, lake, fake
Chechchicklet, chicken, check, china, chief, chips, chalk
Exeksexample, examination, executive
Ieyefind, mind, bind, kind, nice
Ssugar, measure, treasure, pleasure, asia, visual, casual Shshe, ship, shell, shame, should, shall, shallow
Sionmansion, vision, tension, mission, commission, revision TionshunPrevention, pretention, convention, digestion, question, suggestion, attention, reduction, action, reaction, solution TTowel, tower, note, daughter,water,try,mental,center,

PPublic,parcel,possible,popular,poper,poor,party,parlour
Nenwent, cement, sent,pants, note, neat,cant,didn’t,
Lel Blue, love, club, clue, flame, flag, flash, flat, flaw, flight RRight, river, firm, first, iron, daughter, water
PhFphoenix, physics, phase
Zzeezero, zip, zoo
Double ttButter, better, mutton, button, cotton,
Double eesheet, meet, feet,
Double oofoot, look, hook

3. NON TAMIL SYSTEM - START OF THE WORD
lettersPronounced as
VowelsA,e,i,o,u,
ConsonantsB,c,d,f,g,h,j,k,l,m,n,p,q,r,s,t,v,w,x,y,zIb,ic,id,if,ig,ih,ij,ik,il,im,in,ip,iq,ir,is,it,iv,iw,eks,ey,

4. NON TAMIL SYSTEM – SYLLABLE SPLITTING

Fa ther, de finite, in definitePhoto grapher,
Parti cular, fi nance, re search, idea, re search

5. SHIFT IN STRESS
VERBNOUN
ComposeComposition
CondemnCondemnation
CompoundCompound
Conduct Conduct
ContactContact
ConfirmConfirmation
ConsoleConsole, consolation
ContestContest
ContractContract
ContributeContribution
contrastcontrast
ConverseConversation
ConvertConvert
Convict Convict
Concertconcert
ObjectObject
PoliticisePolitics
ProceedProceed
Produce Product / produce
ProgressProgress
ProposeProposition
pronouncepronoun
ProvideProvident
ProvokeProvocation
ProcessProcess
ProjectProject
recordrecord
reserarchresearch

6. NON SOUNDABLE LETTERS:

1. Silence of letter ‘B’

BombSubtleCombTomb
DoubtLambDebtClimb
PlumbPlumberWombLimb

2. Silence of letter ‘D’

BridgeFridgeGadgetKnowledge
JudgeLodgeWednesdayGrudge

3. Silence of letter ‘H’

HeirHonestHourHonour

4. Silence of letter ‘K’

KnaveKnifeKnowKnewKnight
KneelKneltKnickersKnitKnob
KnockKnobKnockleKnot

5. Silence of letter ‘L’

AlmondPalmBalmHalf
CalfHalveSalmonPsalm

6. Silence of letter ‘N’

AutumnSolemnColumn
HymnCondemn

7. Silence of letter ‘P’

PsychologyPsychicPneumonia
ReceiptPsychiatryPseudo

8. Silence of letter ‘S’

IslandAisleIsleViscount
9. Silence of letter ‘T’

ChristmasWatchWhistleCatch
OftenListenGlistenCastle
JostleThistleReceipt

7.Words of foreign origin (Latin, Greek, French)
BUFFET -LIMOUSINERÉSUMÉ
BOUQUET-SCHAEFERVITAE’
RENDEZVOUSSOUVENIRDISCOTHEQUE
POTPOURRICOUPE’
LIEUTENANT COLONEL

8.USE OF SHORT FORMS (CONTRACTION) IN SPOKEN ENGLISH
POSITIVENEGATIVE
Full formShort FormFull formShort Form
amI’mIs notIsn’t
IsHe’s,she’s,it’sAre notAren’t
AreI’ve,We’re,you’re,they’rWas notWasn’t
haveWe’ve,you’ve,they’veWere notWeren’t
HasHe’s,she’s,it,sHas notHasn’t
Had...
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