If you want to learn to speak English like a native speaker, focus on the following four areas:
1. Get Familiar with Different English Accents
There are many different accents among native English speakers. Someone from New York sounds different from someone who grew up in Texas.
And of course, you must have heard the Queen’s English (the standard English of Britain). I’ll tell you right now that not everyone there sounds like their queen. Then there are the Scots, Welsh and Irish who speak English with different accents.
Here’s a fun thing to do. Go to YouTube and search for videos of people trying to do different English accents. Not all are good (or correct) but they’ll give you an idea of how many English accents there are. Here’s a good example you can start with.
Done with the fun? Now back to business!
What kind of accent do you want to have? Think about the regions you want to travel to and the cities you’d like to work in. This is pretty important to decide as it will make your study and practice more focused.
Do you want to sound like a New Yorker? That’s fine, but when you look for a TV show to watch, pick “Friends” instead of “Twin Peaks.” Stay focused.
With that’s in mind, let’s move on to improve your pronunciation with the following tips:
2. Imitate Native Pronunciation
Okay, so now you have a basic idea of different English accents. But how do you go about actually learning native pronunciation?
One great place to start is watching and imitating authentic English videos. These will expose you to real English pronunciation and speaking styles. They also give you the chance to study the speakers’ mouth and lip movements so you can imitate them.
There are tutorial videos (e.g. BBC Pronunciation or Rachel’s English) and software (such as Tell Me More) that show you the English lip and tongue positions for every letter of the alphabet and all the combinations.
I know learning them is tedious, but it’ll help you pronounce words correctly, especially the ones with sounds that don’t exist in your native tongue.
So learn them and practice in front of the mirror. Do it again and again until it becomes muscle memory. You can even try recording yourself to assess your progress!
Watch how your mouth and lips move and see if you make a mistake or struggle with any particular words. Repeat the difficult words until the movements of your mouth feel natural.
FluentU is a great source for authentic videos you can use to learn pronunciation. This innovative platform transforms real-world English videos, like movie trailers, funny YouTube clips, news reports and more, into interactive language learning experiences.
Each video comes with innovative captions that you can click for instant definitions of any word you don’t know. They’re like supercharged subtitles! Pay close attention to how the speakers say each word, following along with the captions and pausing/rewinding when you need.
As a result, you’ll get crucial exposure to native English pronunciation, all while actively building your English skills.
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