Online ISSN: 2515-8260

Keywords : Inconsistency of Vowel and Consonant Sounds

Pronunciation Problems Faced by Indonesian College Students Who Learn to Speak English

Gunawan Tambunsaribu; Masda Surti Simatupang

European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine, 2021, Volume 8, Issue 2, Pages 759-766

Many researches about English language have been conducted by many researchers related to pronunciation errors by English learners around the world. This research investigates the errors of English
pronunciation made by Indonesian college students in Indonesia. This research uses qualitative method with
purposive sampling data. Data have been collected from 50 students of Gunadarma University, Jakarta. In
collecting data, the researcher typed the mispronounciation words as well as recorded their voice while they
were speaking in front of the class. It is found that: 1) English language has many different sounds for a vowel
letter (for example: letter „a‟ pronounced as [æ], [ɒ], [ə], etc.); 2) Indonesian language does not have silentconsonant
and silent-vowel letters (for example: silent g, h, k, and e); 3) The plossive consonant letters are not
pronounced clearly in bahasa Indonesia such the word tidak, bebek and sebab, etc. Thus, the Indonesian students
have problems the English words such as think, philosophy, psychology, bright, etc. In conclusion, many college
students in Indonesia are confused to pronounce some English words because they have such inconsistescy
sounds for vowel letters, vowel-letter combination, silent letters and the sounds of two or three combination of
consonant letters. This research is hoped to be very helpful for English teachers especially for teaching TEFL
(Teaching English as a Foreign Language) to help their students increasing their undertanding as well as their
pronunciation skills in speaking English. This research may be helpful for English teachers who want to design
some teaching methods to overcome the English pronunciation problems faced by college students in Indonesia