International Journal of Language & Linguistics

ISSN 2374-8850 (Print), 2374-8869 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijll

Negative Transfer of Enshi Dialect in English Pronunciation and Its Countermeasures
Chen Shi

When Chinese students are learning English, their pronunciation is often influenced by different Chinese dialects and they tend to compare the second language with their mother tongue unconsciously. Enshi dialect is one of the most typical dialects in Hubei province, China, and it is distinctive in its phonetic characteristics and its pronouncing habit. This paper analyzes the influence of Enshi dialect on the English pronunciation and searches for the phonetic association between Enshi dialects and English. At the end of this paper, some countermeasures and suggestions are proposed in English teaching and learning, sincerely hoping that teachers can better help students correct their mistakes in English pronunciation and students from Enshi autonomous prefecture can get rid of the negative transfer of their dialect and learn more approaches and skills so as to speak more standard and fluent English.

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