3 tips for sounding like a native speaker
Hi again, welcome back to engvid. I’m Adam. Today, I’m going to help you sound a little bit more like a native speaker, hopefully. Students ask me all the time How can I sound like a native speaker Well, before I say anything, let me just tell you that it will take time and a lot, a lot, a lot of practice. The best way is to live in an Englishspeaking country, of course, but of course you can do it anywhere, but it takes time be patient, practice, practice, practice. So we’re looking at pronunciation. Let me.
Start with this word pronunciation. Not pronounciation. It is not a pronoun. A pronoun is I , me , my , mine. Pronunciation is how we speak English. So I’m going to give you three tips that will help you sound a little bit more like a native speaker. We’re going to start with connecting words. Now, think about your own language, whether you’re speaking Spanish or Polish or Chinese, you do this in your language as well. When you’re speaking fast, you’re taking words and you’re squeezing them together you’re connecting them, so one word flows into the next word. That’s what we’re going to do here.
You can connect consonants to consonants. What this means when a word ends in a consonant. A consonant is b , c , d , f , g , etc. A vowel is a , e , i , o , u. When a word ends in a consonant and the next word begins with the same consonant, drop the first one. So for example we do not say black coffee , we don’t say ke, ke. There’s only one k bla coffee , bla coffee. Okay Practice that. Now, t and d , these are two different consonants, but according to the tongue and.
The mouth, they almost sound the same so we do the same thing. Wha do you do , Wha do you do But again, another thing you have to keep in mind is when we say it fast, we also don’t really say e , we say like a. Sort of like a small. We don’t say o sorry , we say sort of a small e. Wha do ye do Practice that. Wha do ye do Strange, huh No t , wha , de ye do , Wha de ye do That’s how a native speaker would say.
It naturally. Now, another thing is when a word ends in a consonant and the next word begins in a vowel, make sure you roll it in. Right Roll the consonant into the vowel and separate the syllable before. A syllable is the vowel sounds in a word. Okay So nobody, like native speakers don’t say Not at all. Oh no, not at all. We don’t say it like that. We say Oh, notatall. , Notatall. , Notatall. Right The t , so this becomes Notatall , Notatall , Not at all. Okay Say it quickly,.
Blend the letters one into the next. But again, practice it. Now, for those of you who are going to be taking a test, an English test that involves listening IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, if you’re in Canada you’re maybe doing a CELPIP test. Okay This is going to help you on the listening section as well. This is one of the things they’re testing. Somebody on the recording will say Notatall , and you need to cut Not at all , you need to understand the separate words, that’s part of the test. So practice.
Speaking it, practice listening to it. Another thing we do is we squeeze some words. Okay Certain words, we don’t say all the syllables, we don’t even say all the letters. I’ve heard many students say Comfortable , comfortable , but native speakers, we don’t say this part, we don’t say the or. We say Comftabil , and notice the last sound is like a small tiny, tiny little i in there. Comftabil , comftabil , comftabil. Okay We don’t pronounce the or Comfortable. Nope, don’t do that. Another word like that Interesting. Inchresting. Find out what the syllables are so Inter.
sorry, my mistake , Interresting. If you want to emphasize something, we have a word called enunciate. When someone wants to emphasize a word, then they enunciate each syllable they say each syllable separately. Oh, that is very interesting. Right Because I want you to understand that the word is interesting, but in every day speech Intresting , intresting. Interesting , I have four syllables, when I actually say it naturally, it becomes three syllables and the t and the r become like a ch , but that’s. We’ll talk about that next. Another word every. Evry. I don’t say.
Every , I don’t say this letter e , every. Evry , evryone , evrything , evry. Okay Last squeeze letters. Now, this is particularly true for a few letters. When we have tr , tr together usually sounds like chr so we don’t say country , we say cunchry , cuntree , like a tree that grows but even a tree is chree , chree. Okay If you go out with your friends, you go out for a chreat. Okay Another one is dr , dr also doesn’t really sound like dr. We don’t say Hundred. Okay It’s too difficult for the tongue to make the quick switch, so this sounds like.
jr Hundjred , hunjred , hunjred. Now, this goes with the first idea when you’re connecting words, but when you’re connecting words and you have a d and a y together, it becomes like a j sound. Di jou , Di jou , Di jou , Di jou do it , Di jou do what I asked , Di ja Di ja Okay So we say it like that very quick, very mixed and you have to practice these because it’s more habit than anything else. Native speakers, we don’t think about doing these things it just rolls off the tongue just like that.
Okay But also, make sure you do a lot of listening listen to TV sitcoms, listen to the radio, lots of things on the internet, ted for example you can hear native speakers all the time. And what you can do is you can try to do dictation and try to listen and cut the words you hear into the actual separate words that they are. Listen to individual words, and try to find their syllables. Okay But again, it’s just practice, practice, practice. And, of course, at engvid if you go to the search box at the top of the site,.