In this month’s Expedite Aviation English newsletter, we offer you a simple, but fast fix to improve your ICAO Aviation English Pronunciation. We are offering you a sample of it here. As you know, Pronunciation is one of 6 ICAO Language Descriptors the raters will be testing during your ICAO test. Each component of your ICAO Score is very important. You do not want to have any limiting factors!
Each month, Expedite Aviation English strives to provide you with simple ways that you can improve your ICAO Aviation English skills and pass the test at the ICAO Level you desire, whether it is 4, 5, or 6! Here we go!
There’s a pronunciation mistake that non-native speakers sometimes make. It immediately identifies the speaker as a non-native speaker. It is also very easily corrected once you know the rule.
Ready? It’s the “-ed” ending on verbs. If you pronounce a word with an extra /ed/ or /id/, native speakers’ ears immediately perk up and we say “Oh, that sounds weird.” For example, if you say, “I ask-ed him a question” It sounds awkward!
In reality, there is a pronunciation rule in English that gives 3 different sounds to the –ed ending for verbs. That ending sound is different depending on the ending sound for the base verb.
Now, to be honest, whether you properly say the /d/ or /t/ with each of the other two options, won’t matter for ICAO Level 4. What you will find is that you will most likely pronounce the other endings naturally.
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For other lessons we’ve created to help you with your pronunciation, we invite you to watch these YouTube videos on our channel:
This video was part of an Aviation English “Lesson in a Week” covering the 6 ICAO Language Descriptors: Pronunciation, Comprehension, Fluency, Interactions, Vocabulary and Structure where we posted an entire lesson on YouTube in a week! This lesson was based around the topic: Top 3 reasons for Approach Delays.
This lesson is a great way to help you focus on your pronunciation by speaking slowly and by paying attention to the sounds each word makes.
Here are a few helpful tips to keep your pronunciation skills strong:
- Make sure that you practice your pronunciation every day.
- Use your phone to make recordings of your speech and listen to what you say.
- Notice if you are saying all the sounds as your should.
- Make sure that you are not mumbling!
You don’t want to be “that pilot” that no one wants to fly with because your English isn’t good enough. You don’t want to be “that controller” that no one wants to work with because they fear your English proficiency is not great enough. A little focused effort goes a long way. You can do it! And we look forward to helping however we can! Ready to try a class? Browse our course offerings to get started today!