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Arash June 21, 2021 17:30

Beginners Guide To Talk Like A Native English Speakers

It has always been an ultimate goal in every English course and for all English language learner to be able to speak like a native speaker, there are just a few people who have perfected their speaking skills. The good news is that it’s not as hard as you think it is to be fluent in English like a native but before you think of getting started there are a few notes we need to go through to clarify how much of a native you can be and why you would prefer to speak in that way.

Different variations of English speaking

The first thing you need to make it clear for yourself is that you want to talk like native of which countries or cities. On the scale of the countries there are a handful of territories that speak native English, including Canada, Australia, Ireland, Jamaica, England, United States, New Zealand just to name a few. Now if we break them down into cities, each city has their own way of talking, their own unique slangs and tones. When you say native you need to be more specific.

Why speak like a native?

Now we are down to the important question to ask yourself: why do I want to speak like a native speaker, is it because I want to impress people around me, like it will become a wow factor to friends and family or the reason behind learning to speak like a native is that more people would understand you when you talk. Is there any other reason left that I missed here ? Or maybe you want to blend in easier with native English speakers and they see you as one of themselves, yes we can also call that a reason.

The fact is every country, city or even sometimes a small region have their own word structure and tones in the way that it is even hard for other native speakers to understand them. So speaking like a native let’s say from Liverpool, doesn't help you blend in easily among people in Texas and probably people in other countries may also have a difficult time understanding you because of your thick British accent. You see where I’m going with this? Speaking the same way like a certain group of people it’s only enjoyable and helpful when you live among them, for other groups whether they are native or not they may struggle to fully understand you.

So if you are not going to live among a certain group of native speakers then there is no point speaking like a selected group of natives, the best strategy is to speak English moderately and not too fast with a clear voice word by word with no twisted accent to make sure people understand you whether they are native or not, the goal here is to communicate with people clearly, it doesn’t make sense to speak with a thick native accent and nobody understand you, what is the point of communication here?

In the end if your goal is only to impress certain people by showing off how well you speak like a native then pick any country randomly and practice every day to talk like them.

Focus on one English speaking group

If you are going to live in a specific city or area where the people there have their own English accent the best suggestion is to learn their way of talking. Getting the tone and accent of one group while living among other groups doesn’t even make sense. So If you are going to live in London then try to talk like them, watch their national movies and pick their words and accent, go beyond the language, try to pick on the culture itself, language and culture are highly related to each other.

Also, even if you notice English speakers may use some words that are not correct in any book, try to imitate them if you want to look more native, this is how you learn to speak like a native by focusing on one group or region and picking up every word and tone from them. Don’t mix things up like speaking half British and half American, pick one and stick to it only if you are going to live with that group of people for long.

Don’t shy away

Rewiring the brain and mouth muscles to move in different order and make different sounds is nothing that comes easy overnight, it needs dedication and practice and it’s more effective if you do it with other people, having a conversation with others while trying to talk like a native, this way you can get a feedback about your progress. But sometimes switching to a different accent may sound funny as you are not used to it and you may make funny sounds and or suddenly say words that don’t even make sense, or even stop somewhere in the sentence that you weren't supposed to.

These are the funny moments that you may experience, you friend may even laugh at you, but don’t be embarrassed and don’t shy away, you should know that this is the only way to learn, you have make mistakes, there is an old say, you need to be a fool before you can be a master, you can’t be a master if you are not willing to make a fool of yourself.

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