Drill Sheet: Difficult English Words for the Japanese to Pronounce
I teach English to grades 1-9 at a Japanese school. To improve their pronunciation of English, I created this sheet with 24 difficult English words for Japanese people to pronounce. I use this pronunciation drill sheet for 2 minutes at the beginning of class to drill them on proper English pronunciation. I’ve even used this with my grade 2 class, and after only two classes they can already do the tongue twister at the bottom (she sells seashells by the seashore)!
Take a look. If you want to download the English pronunciation drill file, here it is: Japanese-pronunciation_words.doc
The drill sheet focuses on s/sh, r/l, and bad katakana pronunciation.
Pronunciation Drill Sheet Preview
Here is a list of English words that Japanese students have difficulty pronouncing:
seat / sheet
t-shirt / t-shirts
river / liver
rice / lice
play / pray
world wide web
..and two English tongue twisters at the bottom. The file is a .DOC so you can edit it as you’d like.
Have fun with your Japanese students.
And drill ’em hard!
– Matthew Barton of Englishcurrent.com