“People often say that they do not care about having good pronunciation because they only want to communicate; therefore find their communication skills satisfactory.” – This comment which I stumbled into in one of the English forum, drove me up the wall and basically made to write this article. What about you? Would you agree with the statement above?
So, to start off with, the pronunciation plays one of the primary roles in real life communication, in other words if you want to be clearly understood and successfully accepted as a language user, there is no way out but to master this aspect of language. In this article I will try to endorse the importance of pronunciation giving some solid reasons why.
Firstly, nowadays “English” has not only become the means of international communication it can be seen as a brand, therefore English pronunciation is an indispensable part of it which makes its popularity and excellence. That is why advertising the product or “speaking English” means giving a good first impression that is what pronunciation undoubtedly delivers. If you have a poor pronunciation or mispronounce some words as well as separate sounds, people including native speakers, might probably think of you as a not really good English speaker.
Secondly, even though you are mastering perfect grammar and can operate a great range of high-level vocabulary, it is nothing in comparison to correct pronunciation because incorrectly pronounced sounds and words respectively will eventually lead to partial or total misunderstanding.
In conclusion, I must admit that pronunciation is definitely one of the be-all and end-all in speaking. You can certainly judge yourself to develop your own pronunciation or not and which singing will grab you blindly: a crow’s — croaking a distorted song or a nightingale twittering purely English hit.