How to speak English naturally, clearly and fluently just like a native English speaker, many of you have this question in mind while learning English. When will I finally stop translating and think in English to sound more natural. You always wanted to speak English easily with an American Accent or British Accent, don’t you? Well in this English lesson, your journey has become a lot easier, as Ceema gives you some valuable English speaking tips to make great progress to speak English like a native speaker easily and confidently. You must have heard about the imitation technique, connected speech, shadowing technique, thinking in English and many more tips to speak English like a native speaker, but how do you implement those things improve your English and finally make a difference to your English communication skills or the spoken English that’s actually spoken on the streets. Pay close attention to understand how you could learn to speak English clearly and fluently in a easy way.
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Complete Video Transcript :-
Hi everyone, are you trying to desperately sound like a native English speaker? I mean, you know the words, but ..don’t get me wrong..you sound kind of funny when you start talking. If you’re Spanish, you might sound like, ‘I leeeev in Lawndawn.” If you’re Indian like me, you might sound something like, “ I liwe in Lundun”, Hey ..look here, I’m not making fun of you! I was just like you many years ago. So I know exactly what it takes to help you speak just like a native speaker. Trust me. So I’m gonna share some really practical tips with you to help you speak English with a natural ease. It will help you speak properly at school, it will help you speak properly at work and even help you when you’re taking the IELTS test. So pay attention-here it comes!
Learn Connected Speech
My dear friends, what you probably don’t know is that native speakers always connect words. Think about it. When you speak your own language, you speak really fast and because you speak fast, you have to connect the words. That you’ve spoken, obviously! So you don’t pronounce each word individually! Well, you need to do the same thing if you want to sound like a native English speaker. Right? But how do you do that? I’ve got the best solution for you. Infact, I’ve got a few rules that helps you connect words. Number 1-Remember, if a word ends with a consonant, i.e. anything apart from the a,e,I,o,u, and if that word that ends with a consonant is followed by a word that starts with a vowel, then, you will drop that consonant sound. And only produce the vowel sound. Let me give you an example. An expression like –A part of it. We don’t say every word while talking. We don’t say A part of it. Let me eat a part of it. No! Native speakers don’t do that! They say, “a partovit” Why? Because the letter “t” in the word “part” gets dropped and you pronounce the vowel “o” which is the first letter of the next word “of” Alright, so let’s look at some other examples. Expressions like “mine and yours” is pronounced as “mine anyours” “mine anyours” NOT “mine and yours” “mine anyours”. You don’t pronounce the “d”. Sometimes, you can have a word that ends with a consonant letter but that is again followed by a word that starts with another consonant letter. What happens then? You just make the first word flow or blend into the other word. Like for example, Black tea ..you don’t say “black Tea”. You just say, “blacktea” “I’m gonna have blacktea” Or you can ask someone “whajyado?” “whajyado?” You don’t say, “What do you do?” If you notice, the “t” in the “what” and the “D” is the “do” gives you a “j” sound. So, I say “whajyado?” “whajyado?” Now if the letter “t’ comes before “y”, it gets pronounced as “ch” “ch” “nexchyear” NOT “Next Year”. “Nexchuesday” NOT “Next Tuesday”. Funny right? Well, English is a funny language. But, you need to know how to connect words in order to sound like a native speaker.
Create an English Environment around you.
I’m gonna be honest with all of you. The reason I learned to speak like a native speaker is because I created an English environment around me. Yes, if you wanna speak like a native speaker, there’s no choice. You’ve got to surround yourself with English words. Well, I know, not everyone is English or American or Australian that you know of. But that’s okay! Today, there’s an amazing online platform that gives English learners like you a chance to speak to native speakers. It’s called the Cambly App! A lot of my students use this app and I cannot tell you how much it has helped them. How much their English has improved! The best thing about this app is that you can get instant access to any tutor on any device which is your mobile phone at any time of the day or night. I mean-how cool is that! I so wish I had this over 10 years ago! So, all you have to do is download this app. So let me show you how this works. Okay, so I have downloaded the app and I’m now signing into it. Yeah! We’ve signed into it.. And I’m going to go into the tutor’s option. Wow! There’s so many tutors and they’re marked in green. Which shows that they are available. Who do I talk to? Okay, I’m going to talk to Michael Gray.
Conversation between Michael & Ceema
Michael:Hi, how are you?
Ceema:I’m good, how are you doing?
Michael:Good, your English is wonderful!
Ceema:Great, I was actually testing this app and since I’m a learner of English, I have a quick question!Um, uh, I was watching this movie and I heard someone say, “I wanna go to the party” “I, I, I’m gonna go”, “I wanna go” What does that really mean? I mean I’ve not heard that while I was learning English
Michael: Uhh..Generally, it’s how your… it’s it’s context.
Ceema:But why do they say “wanna” like is that, is that a real English word? Wanna? Gonna? Is that a real English word?
Michael: I think it’s more an American type slang word. Or street word.
Ceema: So Americans say that? They say “wanna”?
Michael: We say it too much.
Ceema: Okay thank you so much
Michael: “I’m going to the party” “I’m going to” is more proper, the more grammar correct way
Ceema:Okay, they mean to say “going to” when they say “gonna”?
Ceema:Oh OK, so,they’re saying two words but making it one, is that what it is?
Ceema:Oh ok, ok, I think you’ve answered my question
Michael: Yeah that’s a problem with native speakers; of Americans, and British and Australians. What we do is a problem. Is we’ll speak one word and we immediately go to the next.
Ceema: Right! So they link the words then? They link the words?
Michael: Yeah, I’ll give you another example. Uh..”A lot of” Americans pronounce it as “a lotta”
Ceema: right, “a lotta”
Michael: So it’s too too fast..it’s combined too much.
Ceema: Right, right So you just combine it and say “a lotta”
Michael:But I would not focus too much on that as long as you understand the context of how it’s used. You already picked it up! You already have an idea of what they’re saying! Umm..a long time ago, there was Old English. Old English is not even used today. So “gonna”, “I woulda” ..those words are gonna be evolved and come maybe in the next generation or so.
Ceema:Well, thank you so much!
Michael: You know it’ll be a cyber English. (laughs)
Ceema:Well, that was very helpful Michael. Uh., thank you so much. And you’ve cleared my doubts.
Michael:You’re welcome,I hope I gave you less worries
Ceema:Sure,Have a nice day, Bye
I hope you’ve really understood how to use this app and get the best out of it. In order to improve the way you talk. To get This app, please click onto the link in the description of this video. So go ahead and try it! I know it’s gonna help you so much
Learn the Shadowing technique
So this is a technique called shadowing which has been developed to learn the English language. By hearing the language. So you learn it by hearing it. It’s called shadowing because you attempt to repeat or shadow what you hear as quickly as you hear it. So how do you do it? OK, now how many of you watch TV? How many of you watch youtube? Of course you all do! You’re watching one right now! Yeah! Ok, so if you have a favourite TV actor, a talk show host or a motivational speaker..just play a recording of what they’re saying. Then repeat whatever they say exactly the way they say it. Yes, you need to shadow them , imitate them or mimic them. And soon enough, you will start to sound quite like them. Quite like a native English speaker. I had a student from Columbia who did this for months. And he’s now developed a lovely American accent. So do it, I know it’s gonna work for all of you.
Stress the right Syllables
Each part or syllable is said louder and longer than other parts of that particular word. That’s right! Only one part of the word is stressed. It’s the stressed syllable. If you don’t know which syllable of the word you have to stress, your pronunciation is going to have a lot of issues. So, in order to know how many syllables a word has, say the word while you place your hand under your chin. Maybe like this! So every time your chin touches your hand, that’s one syllable right there in that word. Let’s try this word-it’s called Develop..duh-veh-lup My chin’s dropped thrice, it’s touched my hand, my palm thrice. This means that the word has got three syllables. And this word requires that I stress on syllable number 2. So I pronounce it as “deVElop”. Not DE-velup, Di-VEL-up. “deVElop”. So make sure you understand the rules to syllable stress to know which syllable requires to be stressed. That will help you get your accent and your pronunciation “bang-on”. Thank you so much for watching. I believe that if you apply these tips to your English learning, you will learn to pronounce and say English in the right way. Believe me, it worked for me, and I know if I can do it, anyone can! SO go ahead and apply these tips! So, do subscribe to our channel and also watch these videos in order to help you improve your English. I’ll see you again with another video. Until then this is me saying take care