Reem
Professional Teacher
How to sound more like an English Speaker, even if you are not.

Hello English Language Learners :)

I am
Reem Mokhtar, a Professional English Language Teacher.

Here are some tips that make you sound more "English":

1-Try not to translate your thoughts, it is better to try to "think" in English and use the vocabulary words that you already know in English, instead of trying to translate a word in your own language to "English".


2-Try to practice the challenging English sounds ( Th, S, Z, P, B, H) because when you are pronouncing these sounds in the correct way, you automatically sound more like an English native speaker.


3- Listen, listen, listen, and then listen some more. When you listen to correct English pronunciation for long period of times, you automatically start speaking better! The problem is that most of the time you are surrounded by people who mispronounce English sounds, so you start talking like them. Listen to songs, short stories, radio channels, podcast and anything else you can lay your hands one in English.


4-Try to read out loud alone in your room in front of a mirror and listen carefully to yourself, also it is always a good idea to record what you are saying and then listen to it so that you can identify your mistakes and work on them. This will make you notice your errors and more importantly will make you more confident when you are speaking in front of anyone.


Keep practicing and enjoy every step of the learning journey. Practice makes perfect!


Best of Luck,
Reem

Apr 10, 2017 12:05 PM
Comments · 4
Which sounds should be considered as "challenging English sounds"?
It is probably depends on each one's native language.
I would add to your list the vowel "a" and the consonant "r", that I still struggle with them.
April 10, 2017
On the other hand, never use the improper manner to practice English because it does not only make you retarded in English progress but also it may waste you much of time, effort and money . 
August 26, 2017
Using the proper manner to practice is the most important thing for a learner in any way. 
August 3, 2017

" Listen, listen, listen, and then listen some more. When you listen to correct English pronunciation for long period of times, you automatically start speaking better! The problem is that most of the time you are surrounded by people who mispronounce English sounds, so you start talking like them. Listen to songs, short stories, radio channels, podcast and anything else you can lay your hands one in English."


Listening is very important as you referred to. Learners may speak well through constant listening and "imitation" with no question. But it is a shame only passive listening cannot help you greatly in speaking unless you know how to clone the words and phrases to your database of the head and assimilate these words to become part of your expression. Certainly you must know what this speaker is talking about before your imitation while above all you had better turn on your active learning to let learned words become your part of English thinking. improper pronunciation is very bad for a learner because learners are very likely to lose plenty of precious time on futile practice,  that seems to indicate if you are confused by certain pronunciation, you must seek help from decent dictionaries to ensure your pronunciation is right. 

September 5, 2017