Common English Pronunciation Challenges
To help professionals, business owners and others who:
- speak English as a second (or later) language well or fluently; but
- have some English pronunciation issues,
we are compiling some fact sheets about common pronunciation challenges (and therapy targets) related to the differences between their first languages and English.
To help as many people as possible, we are prioritising our fact sheets by reference to Census data on languages (other than English), that are commonly spoken at home in Australia. To put this mini-project in perspective, in 2011, the most common languages spoken at home (other than English) were:
- 2% didn’t speak English at all;
- Mandarin (1.7%);
- Italian (1.5%);
- Arabic (1.4%);
- Cantonese (1.3%);
- Greek (1.3%);
- Vietnamese (1.2%);
- Spanish (0.6%);
- Hindi (0.5%);
- Tagalog (0.4%).
See also, Korean.
As we complete each fact sheet, we will enable the link to the language above. We hope you find these summaries useful when thinking about your priorities for improving your intelligibility or comprehensibility.
If you speak English well or fluently, but feel that your English pronunciation skills are holding you back, please get in touch with us.
Banter Speech & Language is owned and managed by David Kinnane, a Hanen- and LSVT LOUD-certified speech-language pathologist with post-graduate training in the Spalding Method for literacy, the Lidcombe and Camperdown Programs for stuttering, and Voicecraft for voice disorders. David is also a Certified PESL Instructor for accent modification.
David holds a Master of Speech Language Pathology from the University of Sydney, where he was a Dean’s Scholar. David is a Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia and a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP).