3 Tips to speak English like a native speaker
What schools provided me was all about grammar structures and vocabulary, which stopped me from comprehending natural English efficiency. For years, I was struggling with finding appropriate methods to make a leap from pre-intermediate to intermediate level, especially in English speaking skill. Fortunately, I have found and successfully applied these effective tips to enhance it.
Tip #1 - Reading English News Everyday
It sounds simple and easily to getting started anytime and anywhere even you are in toilet.
Browse some English newspapers like TechCrunch or International VnExpress
Open the voice memos to record your voice
Read out loud any posts you love
Take note any new vocabulary
Open the record and hear your voice to correct the pronunciation and intonation
It's quite easy, isn't it? Let's practice!!!
Tip #2 - Shadowing
Shadowing is an popular language learning technique, which can be used by learners independently to improve their intonation and pronunciation. It's quite a simple concept - you listen to a model (i.e. a video or audio of someone speaking) and you repeat what they say in real time
Prepare: Find a short piece of audio (max. 5 minutes) in VoiceTube.
Listen: Before you start shadowing, listen to the audio at least once to get used to the speaker’s accent, rhythm and intonation. It’s not a problem if your learners don't understand every word, but if it's too fast or complex, look for an alternative.
Practice shadowing: It can be challenging to begin with, but try to repeat what the speaker says as quickly and as accurately as possible. Start by doing 20-30 seconds and if you get stuck, just stop the audio and start again.
Record it: Once you've practiced and you feel more confident, you can try recording themselves. Let listen to the audio through headphones and record your voice using a computer or smartphone.
Listen again: Listen back to the recordings and compare your speech to the original audio. This can be done individually or as a class.
Tip #3 - Speak to yourself
Try to speak in everyday circumstances.
Try to think in English and speak out loud what you are thinking.
Try to apply what you've learnt into such specific situations.
Speak as much as possible
Finding or creating an English speaking environment have always been the best way to apply what you have learnt and bring your English into practice.
Practice makes perfect