Language teachers all over the world would say that mastering the vocabulary and grammar rules and having absolute comprehension of the English is enough. But, then, that beats the purpose of your learning. To test how well you’ve mastered a language, you have to apply it through writing and speaking. Writing is the most complicated form of application because of its preciseness to structure, form, and wording. Here, your errors will never go unnoticed. Speaking, on the other hand, is a little more lax. So, how can you go about speaking English like a native-speaker? It’s as easy as one, two, and three.
Relax your facial muscles and tongue
Why is this so important? Well, many phonic sounds in the English language require your tongue to curve, flex, and touch the different parts of your mouth. And so as to not end up getting tongue-tied or wake up with a locked jaw, you have to make sure you exercise your facial muscles and tongue.
How to do this? Start saying the vowels (A, E, I, O, U) this way: /AH/, /EH/, /IH/, /OH/, /OOH/. Then, start saying it with drama: /EHY/, /EE/, /AHY/, /OHW/, /YOO/! Do this several times over. When you’re comfortably warmed up, read a few tongue twisters like: Betty bought a little butter but the butter she bought made her batter bitter, How much wood can a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck would chuck wood?, or Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, so how many peppers did Peter Piper pick? Change your tongue-twisters every week to get your mouth used to other sounds.
Listen to how the natives speak
There are many different accents for the English language, so you have to familiarize yourself with them. They each have a way of blending and intonation, which is really important. Sure, you understand the words and what they mean; but, do you really? Intonation can tell you how a person is feeling, if they’re asking you something, if they’re just telling you something, or ordering you to do something. That’s the clue to whether you should reply as a matter-of-fact or with something deeper.
Native English-speakers are very used to shortening words, using idiomatic expressions, and making verbal drama. They also have a set of their own vocabulary (slang), which you must also familiarize yourself with, because they don’t care much for formality. And, most importantly, native-speakers of English don’t care about grammar. They’re oblivious to it. In fact, 9 out of 10 native English-speakers make at least 2 or 3 grammar errors when they talk.
Sing a song in English
It doesn’t matter if you can carry a tune or not. You can learn through english song. What matters most is that you can sing the song as best as you can word-for-word. Teachers won’t normally advise this, but trust me it works. It’s the less stressful and more enjoyable way of practicing by yourself. If you sing a slow, melodious, and wordy song with the exact same pronunciation as the singer (who should also be a native-speaker of English), you’ll sound like a native-speaker in no time.
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