The first step in learning correct English pronunciation is to focus on individual sounds. These sounds are named "phonemes". Every word is made up of a number of "phonemes" or sounds. A good way to isolate these individual sounds is to use minimal pair exercises. To take your pronunciation to the next level, focus on stress on intonation. The following resources will help you improve your pronunciation by learning the "music" of English.
Practice with Pronunciation Using English is a stress-timed language and, as such, good pronunciation depends a lot on the ability to accent the correct words and successfully use intonation to make sure you are understood. Simply put, spoken English stress the principal elements in a sentence - content words - and quickly glides over the less important words - function words. Nouns, principal verbs, adjectives and adverbs are all content words. Pronouns, articles, auxiliary verbs, prepositions, conjunctions are function words and are pronounced quickly moving towards the more important words.练习英语发音其实就是“有限重读”，所以，能否发好音很大程度上取决于正确拼读单词和正确使用重音以确保你能理解。简单地说，英语口语句子中重点在于内容词，在讲述的时候快速地从那些不重要的词语上跳过。名词、动词、形容词和副词都是内容词。代词、冠词、助动词、介词、连词都是功能词，在表述口语的时候就要迅速地跳过然后向重要的词汇靠拢。
How to Improve Your Pronunciation如何改善你的发音
This "how to" focuses on improving your pronunciation through the recognition of the "time-stressed" character of English.
I am continually surprised to see how much my students' pronunciation improves when they focus reading sentences focusing on only pronouncing the 'stressed' words well!
Take a look at the following sentences and then try to find out the examples showing the difference between the sentences spoken:
1. In a plain manner, focusing on the 'correct' pronunciation of each word - much as some students do when trying to pronounce well.
2. In the natural, manner with content words being stressed and function words receiving little stress.
• Alice was writing a letter when her friend came through the door and told her she was going to leave on holiday.
• I had studying for about an hour when the telephone rang.
• Fast automobiles make dangerous friends.
• If you can wait for a moment, the doctor will be with you shortly.
• I'd like a steak, please.
With these examples in mind, go through the above exercises to improve your own pronunciation skills by improving your understanding of the stress-timed nature of English. Believe me, if you do these exercises, you will be amazed at how quickly your pronunciation improves!!