How to Sound More Like a Native Speaker

How to Sound More Like a Native Speaker

Learning English is difficult, but speaking fluently like a native English speaker is even more difficult. During the learning process, many English learners strive to sound more like a native speaker. Fortunately, with some practice, it is entirely achievable.

Here are some recommendations for how to sound more like a true-blue English-speaking native.

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Listen to Native English Speakers

From here, you should pay attention to how people say and pronounce their words. When they speak, keep an eye on their mouths. In contrast to other languages such as Korean or Vietnamese, English words tend to demand big open sounds. Pay attention to the syllables or words they emphasize on, as well as the speed in which they speak.

The two factors that have the most impact on how people are understood are syllable and word stress. In English, rhythm is also widely used, so attempt to comprehend it and match it in your speech practice.

While studying English, try to watch and listen to as much as possible. You can listen to English podcasts, watch English videos on YouTube, or watch your favorite English series on Netflix. To make learning English easier, try repeating a few sentences after someone and absorb as much English media as possible.

Practice Out Loud

To sound more like a native English speaker, actively focus on your pronunciation. Here are some suggestions.

–        Practice in front of a mirror

Examine how native speakers place their mouths for certain syllables and practice those words in front of the mirror. To get the best results, make sure you’re imitating native speakers as closely as possible.

–        Slow down and exaggerate your speech

It is crucial to slow down and absorb each component precisely, including pronunciation, no matter what language you are studying. Slow down your voice and make sure you’re emphasizing the right phrases or syllables with the right tone.

–        Record yourself speaking and play it back

Combining the two approaches above, record yourself speaking and listen to it back. Take note of the contrasts between your speech and those of a native speaker (you’ll notice a number of them, which is good). To make things easier, ELSA Speak, an English learning software with AI technology, allows you to record yourself speaking the words or sentences and receive thorough feedback on your pronunciation, intonation, and fluency. You’ll be able to understand mistakes you made that you probably wouldn’t have recognized if you just listened to it on your own.

Have Some Confidence in Yourself

Learning a new language can be stressful, especially when it comes to speech, because you must verbalize it in order to learn and practice it. As a result, new learners usually talk softly, making it difficult for the listener to understand what they’re saying. Have the courage to speak up and trust that your audience will grasp what you’re saying. If they don’t understand you, they’ll just ask you to repeat yourself, and you’ll be able to learn from your mistakes and improve as a result.

Key Takeaways

Learning a new language can be daunting, but with the appropriate approach and methods, learning English can be a lot more engaging and enjoyable. Surround yourself with English and use the right tools to help you learn faster. Confidently speak and don’t be afraid to make mistakes.

All the best!

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