Steps to improve pronunciation and speak in neutral accent. 1. Listen how native speakers speak the language. * Listening to and imitating a native speaker is the most important and fastest way to learn. Remember that when we were young you learned a language by listening and then repeating the words while imitating the accent. This is called acquiring. Instead of learning, we acquire our native language through informal processes. In order to speak like the native speakers of English language, we must use the same way we acquire our first language or mother tongue. 2.
Try to watch some good movies that can improve your overall communicative skills. * Watch movies in English with subtitles or English language satellite channels like BBC or CNN and try to understand it. If we don’t understand the meaning of certain words, we can use dictionary to find the meaning. In this modern era, it’s not that difficult to find those meanings. We can search the meaning using internet. For example, we use the online dictionaries available in the internet. This will not just enable us to find the meaning but we can also listen to the correct pronunciation of the words that we search for.
From that, we will able to know on how to pronounce the words correctly. Once we think that we have acquired the good number of vocabularies, we can try to watch the English movies without relying on the subtitles. 3. Do not speak too fast. Keep your rate of speech under control. * Speak a little slower than normal. It takes more time to master a foreign language so give our listener that time. This goes along with being patient and articulating clearly. The more relaxed we are, the more we are in control of our communication. We cannot let a busy lifestyle or a meeting agenda permission to control our speech.
We must think as we speak and do not speak as we think. By keeping the proper pace while speaking, we can pronounce the words more clearly and accurately. Don’t act as if we are the master of the language. If we talk too fast, slips of tongue might happen and this will lead to mispronunciation of certain words. 4. Read dictionary to learn the meaning of the word, spelling and pronunciation. * Every time we go through the dictionary, visualize the meaning of the words. For example, for the word hallucination, we should imagine what the word actually means.
This visualization method will make we understand the small difference between similar words such as consent and permission. Besides, we can also construct our own sentences using the words. It is better to use an English dictionary instead of a bilingual dictionary. However, be careful of a dictionary’s definition of synonyms. There are no two completely synonymous words in English. Car and automobile are said to be synonymous, but telling an English friend that we have an automobile instead of a car is unusual. 5. Listen to audio clips and videos to boost your confidence while speaking. When we were a child our ability for the ear to process different frequencies of sound is expanded, enabling us to distinguish and reproduce the sounds of the languages that surrounds us. To effectively learn a new accent we must expand the ability of our ear by listening over and over to examples of the accent. As we expand the ability of the ear, speaking becomes an automatism.
When the ear can hear a sound the mouth has a better chance of producing it. 6. Record your speech to realize you problems and difficulties and correct them immediately. In order to determine our weaknesses when speaking, we have to record our own speech. This is because when speaking to others, we might not notice that we make some mistakes such as mispronouncing some words. So, by recording or own speech, we can see how good our speaking ability is. For some people, it’s shameful if another person correct us while interacting with him/her. So, this is the perfect way to self-correct our mistakes. 7. Increase your reading ability by going through newspapers and magazines. * Reading is the most efficient way of learning the new language like English.
As an adult, we will find most of the sources of our supply of new words in books and magazines. If our reading today is largely restricted only to the quick perusal of daily news papers, then we will have to change your habits. If our aim is to have superior vocabulary, we will have to make the time to read at least one book and several magazines every week. Not this week and the next week, but every week for the rest of our life. We must have a target on how many books we want to read per year. This will be a habit for us and we will be addicted to reading.
We should go as slow as possible to understand the meaning behind what we read. 8. Learn sounds of English. Familiarize with vowel and consonant sounds. * Vowel and consonant sounds in English might not be the same as our native language. For example, in English the ‘c’ sound is pronounced as hard as the ‘k’ in Malay language. So, by knowing the sound patterns, we will have the accurate pronunciation of the words in English. Besides that, by learning the sound patterns, we will not make the silly mistakes such as mixing up the vowel sounds in Malay language into English. . Follow news programmes and watch them daily to enhance your clarity of speech. * Watch English television, such as news programmes in the form of BBC Worlds that can be viewed in many parts of the worlds. While watching shows with words that we may not understand, using a notebook and pen, write the word down how we think it is spelt and then find its correct spelling and find out what the word means.
This is one of the ways to improve our speaking ability especially in pronunciation. 10. Do some jaw exercises to modulate our voice and accent to our requirements. Say each word as we read it. This is very important. Make sure our pronunciation is correct. There’s nothing more embarrassing than trying to impress people with our newfound language skills, only to find out that the word we were going for was pronounced “Fa-SEE-Shus,” not “Fa-KET-EE-uss. ” (That’s “facetious,” by the way. ) Pronouncing the words out loud will help us form naturally when we speak them in front of others. It is especially important for non-native speakers to do this as English pronunciation of vowels and consonants often differs from our native language.