Have you ever watched a movie and didn’t get what the actors are talking about because they talk too fast? Or have you ever taken an English listening test and didn’t understand what the speakers are saying? pretty sure you’ve experienced it before. On the other hand, do you have the intention to speak English as fluent as them?
It’s piece of cake!
The dated expressions and formal phrases you may remember from school can be entirely different from the real-world English used by native speakers. In the meantime, if you want to speak English like a native you’ll have to put in some hard work. There are practical steps you can take to sound more fluent and more like a native. With these steps you can easily follow and apply in day-to-day activities to improve your English and speak like a native. Check them out!
- Listen More Carefully
You can start English more fluently by improving your listening skills. Watching a movie, playing games, and listening to music is a great example to hear real-world English. Look up the words and vocabularies you never heard of and find the meaning. You’ll be able to obtain more vocabularies and get along with the natural intonation of natively-spoken English.
- Use Idioms
When you listen to native speakers, they sometimes say some funny phrases unrelated to the topic. These funny phrases are called idioms. While these may not make sense when taken literally, these idioms are used in casual spoken English frequently. Colorful phrases like used in the first paragraph of this article, it’s a piece of cake (it’s easy) is an example of idioms. They can add a level of sophistication to your English and make you sound more like a native speaker.
- Get to grips with slang
Like idioms, slang is regularly and unconsciously used by native speaker. But remember, slang is generally considered informal. Be aware when using it in a formal situations for example when you are being interviewed.
- Improve your pace and clarity
What you say is as important as how you say. Try to improve your pace and clarity to help you increase your fluency and help native speakers to understand you. Reading aloud in English is a great way to work on the clarity of your pronunciation. Try to mimic how the native speakers’ talk.
- Talk with a native speaker
Last but not least, most important step to sound more like a native English speaker, is try to talk with a native speaker. Whether it’s at the airport or in a foreign country when you are going abroad. Many non-native speakers are nervous to talk at first, but the more you do it, the more confident you’ll become.
Ready to give it a try to speak like a native?
Author : Angelly Apresia