Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Your pronunciation score is not based on having or not having a first language accent.

Mostly, it relies on your ability to express yourself. We do this through intonation and rhythm.

You can show rhythm by focusing on expressive sentence stress.

Basically, we stress words that carry meaning– the information words in a sentence. Usually, these are nouns, verbs and/or adjectives.

However, your meaning and personality really decide what you stress!

Stressed words are emphasized by being longer and louder. This means that they are said more slowly.

Listen to how I pronounce the example sentences, and try to mimic me.





Speaking Part 1:

My apartment is a tad claustrophobic.

Speaking Part 2:

This Victorian style abode was actually home to Mark Twain for a while.

Good vocabulary: tad, claustrophobic, Victorian, abode


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Speaking Part 3:

Healthcare should be accessible and gratis for all, regardless of socio-economic circumstances.

Good vocabulary: accessible, gratis, socio-economic circumstances

Now it’s your turn to practice!

You can start by watching/listening to expressive native speakers giving sample IELTS answers. This website has a lot of those.

Listen to the rhythm, and try to copy the exact sounds and stress.

Then, write out some of your own IELTS answers, and mark the words you want to stress. Next, practice those answers, and really drag out the emphasis on the words you want to stress.

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