ENGLISH PRONUNCIATION FOR DOCTORS & MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS

English Pronunciation for International Medical Graduates & Doctors.

Do you get the feeling that your patients or colleagues don’t understand your English easily?  

Problems with English pronunciation can negatively affect your confidence and career opportunities. 

Our English Pronunciation Courses help professionals from international backgrounds speak clearer English. Doctors take our courses to be more easily understood by their colleagues and patients. 

Improve your pronunciation of medical words like: eczema, hygiene, fatigue & melanoma with our audio and recording tools below. 

Not being easily understood by others can leave you feeling tired and frustrated. It makes working in some conditions more challenging, for example, in high stress situations, noisy environments, with tired patients,  people in pain and with the elderly. 

With a Speech Active English Pronunciation Course you will:

  • develop clear English that is easily understood by listeners
  • improve your English pronunciation skills including word stress, rate, the sounds of English and so on. 
  • increase your English speaking confidence 
  • improve your listening skills
  • develop your understanding of English expressions
  • practice in everyday conversations 
  • and more

Doctors love our courses because they are:

Flexible
As a doctor you need a flexible course that you can access when it suits you. You can access your Speech Active lessons anytime and dip in and out around your busy schedule. We recommend you complete 2 video lessons each week and 15 minutes practice a day with the audio files. But the course is self paced so you choose your own schedule. Phone sessions are completed at a time that suits you. The combination of specialised video and audio training in conjunction with 1:1 phone training is most effective. 

Tailored
Our courses are tailored specifically for speakers of your first language. Speakers of different languages have different needs so we have developed courses for speakers of different languages. So a course for Mandarin speakers is different for speakers of Burmese speakers, or a speaker from India for example. 

Proven & Unique
Speech Active is the leading provider of English pronunciation services in Australia. We are the chosen provider to leading Australian Universities, global and local companies and GP training organisations. Speech Active’s combination of specialised video and audio training in conjunction with 1:1 phone training is most effective.

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Cost – Training Package For Doctors Only $768.

We have a package for doctors and medical professionals for $853 and offer a 10% discount coupon. This  makes the final cost $768.

Our package for Doctors includes:

– a full assessment with audio & written feedback

– 6 months access to online course that is tailored for speakers of your first language

– three 30 minute phone training sessions.

Contact Georgie to get started on +61 411 295 828 or email us at [email protected]

See more on the course for speakers of your first language – English Pronunciation Course List 

 

How To Get Started

We have a 10% discount code available for doctors and medical professionals enrolling in our courses. Email us at [email protected] to obtain the discount code and to start your course. 

Let’s Do Some Pronunciation Practice Of Medical Words!

 

English pronunciation is a particularly challenging area.

Why is English Pronunciation difficult? There are a number of reasons and I’ll explain some of them now.

1] English Is Not a Phonetic Language. 

English is not a phonetic language which means we don’t always pronounce words as they look. The problem is that the letters in English words (the way they are spelled) don’t tell us exactly how to pronounce that word. English has silent letters and the same letter can make a few different sounds.

For doctors, GPs and specialists from non-English speaking backgrounds this can cause problems. There are a lot of medical words that doctors use everyday that have unusual spelling patterns and look different to how they are pronounced. These are like traps for non-native speakers : )

Take the word ‘phlegm‘ for example. 

phlegm: The letters ‘ph’ make the sound /f/ and the letter ‘g’ is silent. So it’s pronounced as: ‘flem’ or in the International Phonetic Alphabet IPA it’s /flem/

sutures:  The ‘t’ is pronounced as ‘ch’ and the 2nd syllable has the weak vowel schwa. So it’s pronounced as: ‘SU.chuhz’ or in the International Phonetic Alphabet IPA it’s /ˈsuː.tʃəz/

eczema: The ‘cz’ is pronounced as /ks/ and the word is usually pronounced with only 2 syllables. So it’s pronounced as: ‘EKS.ma’ or in the International Phonetic Alphabet IPA it’s /ˈeks.mə

asthma: The good news is that the letters ‘th’ are not pronounced.  In British and Australian English it’s pronounced as ‘AS.ma’ which is /ˈæs.mə/ in the IPA. In the US it’s with a /z/ instead of /s/ so it’s /ˈæz.mə/. This is a small difference. Either way will be easily understood by listeners.

Listen to the audio of the native speaker and practice them with the recording tool below. 

Confusing Spelling: For Doctors 

 

phlegm /flem/

sutures /ˈsuː.tʃəz/

eczema /ˈeks.mə/

asthma  UK  /ˈæs.mə/ US  /ˈæz.mə/

Practise Excellent Pronunciation  
phlegm    sutures     eczema    asthma    

2] English Has Word Stress

Another reason why English pronunciation is difficult for non-native speakers is that it has different stress and rhythm patterns to many other languages.

This can mean that many non-native English speakers find making the stress and rhythms of English challenging. They might make flat stress or put the stress on the wrong syllable in words.

This makes some words unclear. Doctors use many long words in their day to day communication. If you are not confident with how to use stress correctly in these words, it means they can be unclear to listeners. 

You cannot tell by looking at the word, where the word stress is. You need to start to listen and pay attention to it!

Let me show you an example of when using flat or incorrect stress can be very confusing. An important distinction for doctors and GPs to make is the words stress in ‘important’ and ‘impotent’.

In ‘important’ all the stress and emphasis is on the middle syllable – ‘imPORtant’.

In the word ‘impotent’, all the stress and emphasis is on the first syllable –  ‘IMpotent’.

The words look similar but have very different meanings. 

Let’s look at some more words that doctors use regularly. 

Remember that every word that has 2 or more syllables has one stressed syllable.

hygiene

fatigue

appetite

melanoma


Think about how you pronounce these words? Where do you put the stress in each word?

Pronouncing these words clearly is important for doctors. Practise improving your word stress in some medical words like these below. 

Word Stress: For Doctors 

 

hygiene        /ˈhaɪ.dʒiːn/

fatigue         /fəˈtiːɡ/

appetite        /ˈæp.ə.taɪt/

melanoma   /ˌme.ləˈnoʊ.mə/

Practise Great Word Stress 
hygiene    fatigue    appetite    melanoma

Quick Video – More Word Stress Practice

 

Practise good word stress in: react, ratio, coordinate, cooperate, access & assess.

3] English Sounds Are Sometimes New

Another reason why English can be very challenging for doctors and others from non-English speaking backgrounds is because there are a lot of sounds in English.  

We have 24 different consonant sounds. For many non-native English speakers some of these will be sounds that don’t exist in their first language.

English has a lot of consonants sounds at the ends of words and also words where there are more than 1 consonant sounds in a row. 

Pronouncing consonants at the ends of words and clusters of consonants can be challenging for speakers of many south east Asian languages such as Thai, Burmese, Vietnamese and also Cantonese and some Mandarin speakers. 

Here are a few instances of common problems that doctors and other non-native speaking professionals might have with pronouncing English sounds – consonants and vowels. 

Word Endings:

Clear word endings are very important in English because they distinguish one word from another. Have a look at the examples below. If the consonants at the ends of these words are not pronounced, the word takes on a completely different meaning.

pay, pain, paid etc .
way vs weight etc  

If doctors aren’t pronouncing word endings clearly it makes English unclear to listeners. 

More Than 1 Consonant In a Row:

Pronouncing multiple consonants clearly in a row is also really important for clear English. Look at these words. If the consonants aren’t pronounced clearly, they mean something completely different.

sick vs six 
pass vs past
fine vs find

For doctors who are speakers of Thai, Burmese, Vietnamese and also Cantonese and some Mandarin speakers, pronouncing word endings and consonant clusters might be something they need to improve for clearer English. 

Find out more about clusters and click here to practice consonant clusters

The Sound /v/:

The sound /v/ is challenging for speakers of many languages, for example speakers of Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish, Farsi and others. So medical words such as ‘valve’ and ‘overview’ are often mispronounced.

Vowel Sounds:

Did you know that English has 20 different vowel sounds? For many people, this is more vowel sounds than their first language.

This means that some overseas trained doctors and medical professionals from non-English speaking backgrounds do not clearly distinguish between the vowels in words like: cot, coat and caught, not, note and nought. 

See a video on pronouncing ‘won’t’ and ‘want’ below with the correct vowel sound. 

Watch the video to correct your pronunciation of the word ‘won’t’  

Record Your Pronunciation of ‘won’t’
(it shouldn’t sound like ‘want’).

Effective Communication Is A Priority

As a doctor, GP or registrar or specialist clarity of speech is very important. Conveying information clearly to colleagues and patients and their family members an important part of your role.

Some doctors find that problems with pronouncing the sounds in English and difficulties with English word stress makes some words that they say unclear. This gets in the way of easy communication. 

If your pronunciation is sometimes unclear you may have had patients and their family members or colleagues ask you to repeat what you’ve said but sometimes you might just get the feeling that they’ve missed a word here and there or tell by the expression on their face that they haven’t found things clear. 

 

Better communication means a higher standard of care.

 

International Medical Professionals work better when they feel comfortable and confident. Good communication improves relationships with patients and colleagues. Our training will improve performance, job satisfaction and career progression.

Patients expect to be able to understand their doctor. Factors such as age, pain levels and emotional state can affect a patient’s ability to understand other people. Unclear English can further compound their level of stress, discomfort and frustration. 

Improved spoken English

> Clear pronunciation

> Correct use of stress and rhythm
> Improved listening skills, conversation skills and self awareness
> Good rate & volume of speaking

Improved consulting

> More effective communication with colleagues
> More effective communication with patients & their families

> Increased patient trust  
> Smoother interactions

Improved confidence

> More likely to contribute in meetings and workplace discussions
> Better presentation skills
> Increased confidence when interacting face to face and on the phone
 

 A Speech Active English Pronunciation Course will help you improve all areas of your English pronunciation skills. 

Because your course is tailored for speakers of your first language, you won’t waste time working on areas that you don’t need to improve. 

This is not a 1-size-fits-all course. Our courses help  learn in the most effective way because you’ll focus on the areas that you really need to work on for clearer English.  

Many doctors and international medical graduates haven’t spent much time in the past, working on improving their English pronunciation skills. Many people aren’t quite sure where to get help in this area. 

Contact us today to discuss your English speaking goals. 

We look forward to speaking with you. 

 

Georgie

English Pronunciation For Doctors

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Georgie Harding has assisted thousands of people from all over the world with improving their clarity and spoken English skills. A Speech Pathology degree (BAppSc(SpPathand CELTA qualifications and over 15 years of experience providing 1:1, group and online training make Georgie a leader in her field.  

Georgie is the creator the world’s leading English Pronunciation online courses that are tailored to the language background of the student and presents regularly at Universities.

If you’ve ever met Georgie or completed her award winning courses you’ll know how passionate she is about helping people move forward with better spoken English and more confidence. 

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