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Dear Minoo, 

Despite applying the concepts present in pronunciation section in advanced Grammer, I'm facing problems in clearly  reading the passages (stressing content words vs function words). 

Please me suggest some tips in this regard.


Hari Kiran 

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Hello Hari,

It is usually de-stressing the function words that proves to be a challenge. Make a list of the function words that I present with the schwa sound in the lesson, and  practise these separately first. Go to the extreme of dropping the vowel sound completely, e.g. was >> /wz/ or must >> mst. Then, go back to repeating them in sentences.

Do not feel that you always need to use the weak forms when you speak. If you use the strong form, your message will still be perfectly clear. The main reason for familiarising yourself with these sounds is to make it easier to understand native speakers.

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