I just wanna speak like a native English speaker.. Can you give me some ways on how to get that goal?
To speak like a native you have to speak a lot (especially with native speakers). If you live in an English-speaking country, pay attention to the English conversations around you. If not, you can use this facebook application to contact people - https://apps.facebook.com/speak-in/
- Select the language you want to learn and your native language.
- Click on "Speak (Learn Together)", and start speaking.
- Also you can click on "Language Exchange" to communicate with native speakers.
if you don't have the chance to live in a native environment, u can still get your hands on different materials (tv-series, films, videos on the net, mp3 recordings, etc., the list is endless). the more you listen and try to repeat what you hear, the higher chances you'll have to lose your accent. however, i'm definitely sure that if someone is not a native speaker, they'll never be able to speak like a native. but there's no problem with that, is there?
It is impossible to speak like a native speaker of any language unless you grow up in those environments . The only thing you can do is to have an aproximate perfect pronunciation, but it's never gonna be the same as a native. The best way to have the best possible pronunciation is by learning the sound system (manner and point of articulation) of the target language first of all.
A good starting point is to learn the basics of English pronunciation. The software I'm currently working on gives you the opportunity to do exactly this, check it out http://saundz.com/free/
Of course, you need to practice a lot, and use spoken English whenever you can. This goes for your classes as well - if you still attend school where you have English classes you must make sure you're actively participating in all the class discussions and activities :)
I agree with you that some people find it easier to imitate native-like pronunciation than the others and that it's usually the major reason why they have problems with pronunciation. Also, from my own experience, correcting students doesn't always work well. A good option is to record their voice, as this is the easiest way for them to spot their own mistakes, which is why we introduced this feature in Saundz too. It lets students record their voice, which is later compared to native speaker's pronunciation. Plenty of our students said that this was helpful precisely because they never had an opportunity to do this before.
To learn how to speak like a native speaker you need to learn how to think like a native speaker. Listen to English podcasts like China 232, English Funcast , and so on. It is also important to read fiction English books. I always tell my students to read goosebumps. It is a great fiction series to read.
It's not to easy to speak like a native, unless you move to an English speaking country and live there for many years. Some people are lucky enough to pick-up native accent fast, others not so easy. The only and best way to improve your speaking skills and accent is to speak English as much as you can with natives (if possible).