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Good evening! Tonight I’d like to talk about improving pronunciation in whatever language you’re trying to learn, and I’m just going to share four points and I think that if you embrace these four points… You’ll be able to improve your pronunciation in whatever language you’re trying to learn.
First point: it’s important not to stress about pronunciation when you try to learn a new language. So I think that one idea that we need to throw out the window is the idea that we should be trying to sound perfect in the language because that’s just going to the create a source of stress, okay? And I think it’s just that really really important to essentially accept that we’re not gonna sound perfect and that we’re gonna have an accent when we’re learning when speaking the language we’re trying to learn and that’s okay! It’s just really important to not be stressed about it.
The second point is to embrace basically two embrace this philosophy of always trying to improve your pronunciation regardless of the level and I think that even if you’re at the level where native speakers of the language you’re trying to learn are saying: “wow, you sound great” you know your pronunciation is awesome, you barely have an accent… That, you know, you shouldn’t stop there. You should always try to improve your pronunciation anyway and if you’re still at a really basic level where your pronunciation is still not that great of course just embrace the idea of trying to improve. Try to practice more, sit down with your tutor or your teacher and try to work on it.
Point number three: It’s important to be a bit of an than optimist, ok? Because I’ve met too many people who have this defeatist attitude when it comes to pronunciation and they’re like you know what, I just came to terms with the idea that I can’t sound good in Spanish or French or whatever other language. I just sound funny and that’s the way it is and my pronunciation is terrible and I think that that becomes a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy if you’re really, if you convince yourself that you can’t improve then you probably won’t… so I think that it’s important to be a little bit optimistic really if you’re like: “okay you know I believe i can improve, that’s all”
And the fourth and last point is patience! I think it’s important to be patient when we’re trying to develop great pronunciation and it’s important to realize that you know it’s… It might take time it might take a lot of listening at lot of practicing a lot of, you know, sitting there with your teacher with a language exchange partner like really trying to pronounce words like a parrot sometimes trying to improve but think that if you’re patient, that’s gonna pay off in long run and you’re gonna sound… You’re gonna sound great when you speak. And that’s all!
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