Our mother tongue has a huge impact on how quickly and effectively we learn a new language. Think about it, we have years of practice with pronunciation in our native languages, learning mouth positions, understanding tongue and lip placement, and perfecting the sounds that occur throughout our differing dialects. So, is it easy to throw all that aside when we learn a different language? Of course not. New languages require using muscles in our faces we've never used, understanding concepts we've never seen, and re-thinking words we thought we knew. This course helps you (Portuguese speakers) to improve your pronunciation, and speaking skills. It helps you to not only see and understand common mistakes, but stop making them so you can perfect your English fluency.
In a classroom, you are lumped in with every other learner, who as individuals, have a variety of obstacles to overcome that may or may not relate to your own challenges. It is impossible for a teacher, or a textbook for that matter, to give you the individualized attention you deserve in a setting of multiple students. Sometimes a teacher won't be familiar with the common mistakes, so won't be able or properly prepared to help you fix them. That's where I come in. I've been teaching English for over 7 years, and specifically, have been working with Portuguese speakers for about 5 in personal tutoring and academic settings. Don't believe in me yet? I have lived in Brazil, taught in Brazil, and even married a Brazilian, so I've seen countess mistakes made over and over with hundreds of non-English speakers and feel it's time to take action and help.
In this course you'll get the personalized attention to your problem areas, perhaps before you even knew they existed! This course can be used as a guide for beginners to start learning, intermediate students to break old, bad habits, or for advanced speakers to hone in on their skills and ensure their English is as close to perfect as it can be.
Through course lectures, audio and video files, quizzes, infographics, and other supplemental material, you'll get much more out of this course than the ___minutes here. Join today!
Chances are that as a Portuguese speaker, you make (or have made) some of these incredibly common pronunciation mistakes while trying to effectively use English. When making these mistakes, you probably have found yourself misunderstood when speaking with someone else. Even if the pronunciational issues seem small, it is very possible someone can be left scratching their head and confused by what you said, or better, what you were trying to say if your pronunciation isn't correct.
With this course, you can learn what these common mistakes are, why you make them, and practice eliminating them from your daily English use. You will immediately notice improvement in your language skills, and you will definitely be better understood by others during conversations.
You need this course to take more control of your language skills, make these skills better, and take the next step to native fluency.
Why am I "qualified" to teach this course, and what's my experience? See why learning with me is a great idea, and a definite way to take your language to the next level!
How much do you already know about American English pronunciation? Do you know some of the rules of past tense ending sounds, or common minimals pairs creating difficulties for Portuguese speakers? Are you aware of your mouth, tongue, and lip positions when speaking English?
Test yourself before the course begins, and don't forget to check the explanations in Section 4 if you still have questions in the end.
Mispronouncing the ending "-ed" sound is one of the biggest pronunciation problems that Portuguese speakers face. After this lecture, you will be able to identify the differing sounds, learn how to pronounce them, and know how and when to use each of them. Be sure to review the individual lectures for the "ending -D" and "ending -T" sound for more specific practice and exercises.
The ending -ED is the most common pronunciation issue in Portuguese speakers, specifically the ending -D and -T sounds. This lecture contains a review of information from Lecture 3, as well as additional ways to practice and eliminate any mispronunciation. Review this lecture for more practice and clarity, and don't forget to see the lecture notes if you need to follow along.
Because the ending -D and -T sounds are the most difficult of the ending -ED, Lecture 4 and 5 provide additional information and practice. This lecture contains a review of information from Lecture 3, as well as additional ways to practice and eliminate any mispronunciation. Review this lecture for more practice and clarity, and don't forget to see the lecture notes if you need to follow along.
Because of the differences in the ending sound of "m" in Portuguese, native speakers often fall back on their own language habits when speaking in English. Practice differing the two and learn how to say these sounds smoothly in conversations.
The "L" sound is quite different in Portuguese when it comes at the beginning and the end of a sentence; however, this is not the case in English. Perfect your pronunciation through this course's description of use, facial positioning, and practice exercises.
The "R" and the "H" sounds are often confused by Portuguese speakers because of the way the "R" is pronounced in this language. After this lesson, you will understand the difference between the two sounds, understand how each sound is made, and get practice contrasting the sounds to improve your general use during conversations.
Identify the common confusions associated with the "TH" sound, and eliminate those mistakes today in your conversational use. Learn how to properly make the sound, perfect it, and understand why not pronouncing it correctly can become a problem in being understood.
Just like any other muscle you want to make stronger, you must continue to practice pronunciation to strengthen the muscles of your tongue, lips, and face to familiarize yourself with these new sounds.
Review these ways to continue practicing.
Discover new ways to stay connected with the language, and increase your use of English with others.
Use this audio to answer questions 1-5 of Quiz 2: Final Pronunciation Quiz
How much did you learn and take away from this course? Are you an American English pronunciation expert now? Take the quiz to find out if you took away the most valuable information from the course!
It was my love for travel, language, and culture that led me to the wonderful world of teaching ESL. I found this passion while studying Spanish abroad in the Basque Country, which fortunately, redirected my career path. Since then I've traveled, lived, and worked around the world, studied and taught different languages, and fulfilled my passion while helping others reach their goals along the way.
I have a bachelor's degree, as well as a TESOL certification. I've been teaching and tutoring English for over 7 years, have taught a variety of ages (age 4-65), levels (elementary-advanced), and learners from all over the world. I've also worked with these learners in the United States, Brazil, and Spain; both in person and online. In addition to teaching language, I've also learned Spanish and Portuguese, so I am familiar with successful learning techniques, and through experience I am knowledgeable in common mistakes for specific languages.
In 2014, I began teaching exclusively for my online private language education company, English Outside the Box. As the founder and head teacher, I passionately guide students towards English fluency, by giving them the confidence, skills, and ability to take control of their learning.