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Hi everyone! I’m Georgiana; founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help YOU speak English fluently.
- In today’s episode, I’ll reveal to you the 7 secrets of the English pronunciation.
- Later you’ll practice your speaking with a funny mini-story. The story is about a man who wants to speak English with a perfect accent.
SECRET #1: LISTEN TO YOURSELF!
Listening to your own pronunciation errors when you speak English can be difficult if not almost impossible to attain. What you’re usually doing is focusing on the conversation instead of the sounds you’re making. So, try to record yourself using your PC or smartphone. Do this only from time to time to observe the areas that need improvement. Many people hate their voice, and hearing themselves speak a foreign language for the first time will be difficult, but it’s a necessary step to develop a sense of self-awareness for improvement.
SECRET #2: SLOW DOWN!
I’ve noticed over the years that many English students think that speaking fluently equals speaking quickly. That’s an unfortunate misconception. When you talk too fast, you reinforce bad habits since you don’t have time to think about what you want to say next. Besides, you project little confidence. Talking slowly will help you relax and feel more confident.
SECRET #3: LISTEN EVERY DAY
Listen! Listen! Listen to my Speak English Podcast every day and try to imitate what you’re hearing. Remember to focus on the pronunciation after you’re totally comfortable with the lesson, which means that you’ve already listened to the episode and check out the transcript several times.
SECRET #4: DON’T BE AFRAID TO MAKE MISTAKES!
In many cases, pronunciation problems persist because most students are afraid to make mistakes. The great benefit of using my stories on a daily basis is that you’re improving English without having to deal with embarrassing situations.
When you answer the questions, you should always use a confident tone and speak out loud. If you have already been using this technique, then you know it’s very similar to having a conversation with another person but without becoming ashamed of your pronunciation and intonation.
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