How to Speak English like a Native Speaker


How to Speak English like a Native speaker?

Some people will always have an accent when speaking English.

But do not worry!

Accents make us all unique and you can speak like a native by focusing on a few certain things.

1.  Pronunciation:

Pronunciation means being able to say a word correctly, naturally and be understood: when one learns to perfect his/her pronunciation they will have a much easier time acclimating into an English speaking Environment. Native speakers have special recognition all over the world for their accent.

Your pronunciation brings you reputation in your career, especially if you work in call centers and medical transcription fields. But because of the mother tongue influence, Non Native Speakers tend to pronounce words in a different way.

How to improve English pronunciation?

  • Pay attention to the pronunciation of native speakers. You can find a lot of videos on YouTube.
  • Read aloud in English, any text or poem or a passage.
  • Begin speaking with native speakers on skype. Begin with small conversations.

2. Idioms: 

Don’t be caught off guard by idioms and colloquial phrases: these are the butter to the bread of any language.

Try to listen for them. Understand Idioms and their meanings.

Here are some idioms.

“Have a blast.”

“Curiosity killed the cat.”

“Don’t put all your eggs in one basket”.

You may look online or even find a dictionary of idioms to practice: having a good basis will allow you to be able to respond correctly, and maybe even put to use these phrases in conversation.

Just be aware: while some are common to all of English, many change from place to place and even among groups of people so the idioms you hear in working class England may be completely different than the ones in deep south USA.

Non Native Speakers naturally feel difficulty in understanding the idiomatic expressions of English language. Idioms do not produce literal meanings. They have different meanings that can only be understood by achieving the knowledge of Idioms.

For instance,

Look at this sentence…

“It’s raining cats and dogs.”

A Non Native Speaker cannot understand anything from the above sentence unless he has the previous comprehension of the Idiom.

The real meaning of the idiom is

 “it is raining heavily”.
3. Filler words:

You may not think much of these words however they make a huge difference when you want to sound native. Well…. Uh… I think…. While you are searching for the next thing to say, Use English filler words rather than your native ones: even some sounds that we use in English between thoughts vary from those in other languages.

There are many “Ready to use phrases” in the market. By learning few phrases every day, you can start filling the gaps in your conversation.

4. Practice:

Do not be afraid to practice what you have learned!

The more you practice and interact, the more natural it will be to speak English and the exposure to other people speaking English will allow you to learn how they speak: what words they use and phrases they say.

You can then incorporate that into your own speech and realize what sounds normal and what does not.

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chakravarthy

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