I just wanna speak like a native English speaker.. Can you give me some ways on how to get that goal?

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Hello! Thank you for interest. I’d like to try to compare it to my previous experience of learning English through Skype on online classes. I did around 10 conversations over Skype with a native speaker from http://preply.com/en/english-by-skype. And I was pretty satisfied with their Quality. I think they have a strong teaching quality. Following their course curriculum now I can speak English like a native. But I Want to try another option.

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I would like to speak like native speaker

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Yes, I would like to speak like a native speaker
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It takes time to learn a new language and even more time to speak as a native speaker.
The things you are doing will help you, but you may always pronounce words a little differently and have an accent. But sometimes <a href="http://preply.com/en/english-native-speakers/">speaking english like a native</a> can be easy!

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Hello, I am currently practicing English with native speakers on Skype through http://preply.com/en/skype/english-native-speakers and I must say that the guys there present excellent quality, but I want to try another option in order to choose the best, so if anyone got information that might help I will be thankful

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you can use the face book to contace people and listen to songs english

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Hello Jennifer - Your advice for students to use a software is nice; however, a second language learner can approximate sounds to the target language through imitation, repetition, metalanguage and various strategies, but he or she will never sound exactly like a native speaker. There are many factors to take into account like physiological aspects of learners - particularly adults - like muscle formation, pitch, intonation, rythym, and reproduction of non-existant sounds of the native language of learners. Therefore, I would not detract from the idea of wanting to sound like an English person, but concentrate on conveying the right set of codes of the target language. After all, a right accent can really be to the speaker´s advantage if the sounds are correctly produced. I usually tell my students to chill out and enjoy learning English.

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I think you watch movies with subtitles , listen to music and practise it during your daily life

I do that and I think it helps

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kalo 300
main thing for english imho is learning to pronounce aspirated consonants.  someone wh speaks french spanish romsnian italian hungsrian etc. is going to say what sounds like

i jus med a gir name Maria.  

it takes lots of self awareness to say.  jusT meT a girL nameD ...

you have to be able to hear the plosive condonants, then you can start trying to produce them

 

also,  the english W.  i vant some vater.. work on tnat a lot!

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GUYS! Search on youtube-> rachel's english she is american and all videos have subtitles in english!

byee

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Marino, I'd say it's a matter of confidence. Some people feel they'd be laughed at for mispronouncing words and this makes them feel insecure and shy. What do you think?

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Gianni 730

P.S. I'm reading several people here suggesting you to have a look at the "sounds" of English. This approach leads to learning a variety of English I previously called RP (Received Pronunciation) which, apart from being extremely difficult to acquire, is currently spoken only by a small minority of the population (3-5% in the UK). I don't think you should make the effort at all to approximate this accent.

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Penthotal, the thing is that for non-native speakers RP English is the simplest to acquire. I see it can be difficult for a native speaker of some pronunciation variety. But, if you are a foreigner, and when you are able to understand and speak close to RP English, it is easier for you to get used to any other variety you meet. You have to take into account that a native English speaker rarely has any troubles with understanding any other pronunciation variety than he speaks, but it doesn't work with foreigners. You are used to one accent, and when you meet another, you are completely lost again. That's why RP English is taught. Once more, it's the easiest form of English for foreigners. Believe me, I know what I am talking about. :)

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Why is it the simplest to acquire? The only positive argument you may use in support of using RP in English Language Teaching is that it has been thoroughly described throughout the years (starting from Daniel Jones back in 1909) and it is easy to find recorded samples BUT

1) the teacher of English is often nonRP - what he/she should suggest to the pupils? "do as I tell you NOT as I say"? That's confusing for the learner.

2) you don't find RP on the BBC anymore (even the World Service now hosts a variety of voices nowadays)

3) only 3 to 5% of UK population are native RP speakers, which means that if you stop a random citizen on the street, your listening skills are NOTHING if you don't have a knowledge of ACCENTS of Englihs too.

I agree, we should have some standard for ELT but not RP. We should call it differently and update it to the point that a learner is not baffled when they hear a glottal stop. Most teachers teach damn Queen's English, which is effective only unilaterally.

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