Do you want to sound like a native speaker? Here are easy ways to improve your pronunciation so people will be able to understand you more easily!

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Do you want to sound like a native speaker? Here are easy ways to improve your pronunciation so people will be able to understand you more easily!

 

1) Use the internet and "open" your ears to Youtube & Podcast Pronunciation

Google Youtube pronunciation videos . There are a lot of very helpful, well-done youtube channels that focus on pronunciation. Beyond our very own Youtube Channel, RealLife TV, which teaches pronunciation in dynamic ways, Rachel’s English is a series of free pronunciation videos that teach phonetics and English pronunciation. Other recommended youtube pronunciation channels are listed below.

2) Practice in the mirror. You might feel silly doing this, but so much of how we sound comes from the shape of our mouth and the placement of our tongue and lips. Check out what the different positions look like on websites like Rachel’s English, then practice in front of the mirror for a few minutes when you have some time (and when no one else is around  ).

3) Record Yourself. Download a free app like Voice Record to your phone, then record yourself practicing the words you think need improvement. If you have a friend or teacher who is a native speaker you can also record them speaking and listen to it while speaking along with the recording.

4) Ask for feedback from a teacher or native speaker. A native speaker will let you know immediately what words you are pronouncing wrong and how to correct them. You may have to repeat the word several times before it sinks in.

5) Watch movies and TV in English (no subtitles!) and listen to English music to hear how native speakers sound when they say a word. For extra help, google the lyrics (the words of the song) and read along, trying
to imitate the voice of the native speaker.

6) Intonation: Focus on the Music Behind the Words

Whether you pay attention to it or not, the musical element of a language is essential to good pronunciation. You don’t need to become a musician or listen to more music in English (although both of these could help), but you should pay attention to the intonation of native speakers. It is the melodic pattern of the language that is so fundamental to communication and human connection.

7) Practice: Read Out Loud Every Day

This is for people who have already learned some degree of correct pronunciation, because reading without correct pronunciation, you’re just reinforcing poor pronunciation. Before you start, you should at least have some idea of what it feels like to pronounce things correctly.

If your pronunciation level has not been stabilized, I don’t recommend reading for more than 10 or 15 minutes, because people tend to lose their concentration, and go back to their vices (which is to reinforce them). Remember, pronunciation can be improved quite quickly with small, concentrated doses even only a few times per week.

All these things can help you to improve your accent and make it easier for you to communicate.

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