What makes English uneasy about pronouncing
Updated: Jun 16, 2022
When it comes to talking about English, it's known that it does not exist a correct definition nor an accurate way to understand why it's not pronounced as it's written. This fact could sometimes be "the elephant in the room" because many people who teach English prefer going "around the bush", focusing only on boring grammar and boring books.
It might sound strange, however, this fact makes English learners struggle when it's time to communicate their ideas in a daily life situation. It's not only about grammar but also phonetics, reduction as well as transition.
Coming next, I will tell you why writing and pronouncing English are far apart, one each other. The first and I would say the most important trick is that in American English, we have something called REDUCTION. I think that at this point of the reading, you might be asking yourself: what is reduction? How do I apply it? How do I know when it happens? Those are some questions that I will be glad to answer for you, so don't stop reading and get prepared to learn what they haven't and will never tell you at any school because they know if they do it, they won't be able to keep you in those long courses where they make a lot of money.
In American English, reduction means "to eat letters". Whenever you say a word you do not pronounce all the letters that it contains, in most cases, this is called "silent letters". I call it "the rule of the two consonants" - it's simple, every time you see two consonants together, just eliminate the one on the left (in most cases) and this way you will be pronouncing as a native speaker does in real life. On the other hand, I will tell you this: English always has its exceptions so, this rule may not apply to some words or the word to be eliminated will be the one on the right.
Another fact for this to occur is the etymology and if you know what etymology means, you will be able to comprehend this fact quickly. Each word from the English language has gone through different languages placing as the most important to the Latin language, believe it or not, the Latin language is the basis of the English language (seven out of ten words come from Latin). I beg this is something that you didn't know, isn't it?
Anyway, have you ever wondered why the words "anchovies", "anchor" and "brochure" which have the same "ch" in the middle don't have the same sound? I will tell you why: it turns out that "anchovies" is an original English word, "anchor" comes from the Latin word "Ancora" which at the same time comes from the Greek word "Ankyra" and "brochure" is an original French word (it was borrowed) to make English sound beautiful.
Throughout history, the English language has suffered many changes. Allow me to remind you of the wonderful fact that William Shakespeare not only wrote superb plays and novels, but also gave us over 1,700 new words which we use today. So now, you know a little more about English, I mean its story and how it has affected to the "Lingua Franca" in terms of pronunciation. This is not a difficult language! You just need to discover the right place to learn it and I'm glad to tell you that you have found it - this is English for Real Life.