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How to sound like a Native English speaker
- March 11, 2020
- Posted by: isb_admin
- Category: Uncategorized
Speaking a new language fluently comes with its very own challenges. If your goal is to sound like one of the locals, then you’ve probably heard other people saying that to do so, you should have started speaking the language from childhood. However, don’t lose hope! There are thousands of people who are able to sound like a native English speaker with only a few months of practice and you can definitely be one of them!
Here are a few tips on how to speak the English language fluently like a local:
Determine what specific English accent you want to master
The English language is presented in a couple variants from American English, British English, Australian English and even, Canadian English. All these are characterized by their specific accents. In fact, in these countries, accents are further divided by which region you’re from (i.e. in the US there’s a New York accent, California accent, etc.).
By determining which specific English accent you want to master, it would help you project a clear goal of what kind of English native speaker you want to be.
Know proper pronunciation
Familiarize yourself with the proper pronunciations of English words. Determine which words you’re having a difficulty saying and focus on that. Listen to podcasts or watch movies/series that could help you practice your English skills.
Remember, consistency is key to sounding like a native English speaker.
Learn English slang words
Although English slang words are often used in informal conversations, knowing some of these common words or phrases will help you achieve your objective. After all, there’s no better indication that you’re a native English speaker than when they hear you use these words. Just remember to use them only in appropriate situations.
Here are a few examples:
- lighten up which means to relax (i.e. “Lighten up, everything is going to be fine.”)
- beat which means tired or exhausted (i.e. “I’m beat after a day of playing football.”)
- amped which means excited (i.e. “They’re really amped for tonight’s concert.”)
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