What is good English pronunciation?
There are three levels of English pronunciation:
Level 1: People often don't understand
what you want to say. You use the wrong sounds in English
Level 2: People understand what you want to say, but
it is unpleasant to listen to you.
Level 3: People understand you, and your English is
pleasant to listen to.
Level 3 will be called good pronunciation. Notice that
good pronunciation is not "perfect
American or British accent". You don't
have to sound like the Queen of England or the President
of the United States of America.
Why not? Because there are many
regional kinds of English. In England, people
from Newcastle speak English differently from people
in London. In America, people from New York City, California,
and Texas each have their own pronunciation. So it is
no problem if you have your own accent.
But your accent must be close
to the standards (American and British English).
What does it mean? Turn on your TV and watch channels
like CNN International, NBC, EuroNews, BBC, or Sky News.
You will hear many different people (news anchors, reporters,
etc.) from Germany, France, and other non-English-speaking
countries. They all have good accents — easy to understand
The rule is: If you are close to the standard, you
can always communicate, and your English will be pleasant.
If you are far from the standard, sometimes you won't
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