How to sound like a native?

Appropriate pronunciation is significant part of language development, and typically when you are working on your language as second language. The way your expression sounds creates such huge impact on people around you. One of the hurtful parts is that even though your content is well-prepared, and informative, presenting with monotone tone and mispronunciation may lead your presentation to hell. Typically for English accent, rehearsing and practicing are recommended, but if you know the word that you pronounce day in and day out is correct.

Tip 1: Shadowing technique

For some language learners, looking up a dictionary for spelling and pronunciation check, which for me as a second language speaker enjoy doing as well. However, to maximize and kick start our brain to remember the word and be able to speak it correctly, Shayna Oliveira recommends “shadowing technique”. On her blog, she encourages students to get an audio recording and transcript of a native speaker speaking in normal speed. To me, this way is super essential because you can practise your ears through listening and facial muscle through speaking. Shayna also advises if you are ready to level up, putting the script away. In addition, to me I usually try CNN Student News on youtube channel.

Tip 2: Voice recording and self-evaluation

Using your phone or any devices that you can record your own voice, then listening to the recording again. If you find there is difference between the native and your voice, dont worry, you can definitely try one more time. Remember when it comes to language training, remaining calm and patients are highly recommended.

Tip 3: Some extra way of self-practicing, Engvid is another option

“Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

Betty Botter bought some butter But she said the butter’s bitter If I put it in my batter, it will make my batter bitter But a bit of better butter will make my batter better So ‘twas better Betty Botter bought a bit of better butter” – sourced on Engvid .com –

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