3 TIPS TO SOUND MORE NATIVE IN ENGLISH:
What do native speakers do in English that non-native speakers have to learn? And are often not taught? I’m going to go through 3 of them right here.
1: LINKING: Native speakers almost never speak word for word. We speak in phrases. We link the ending of one word with the start of the next word, especially if they share the same letter. For example, ‘stop pulling Grace’s scarf’ would most likely sound like ‘stopullingracescarf’ if a native speaker were to say it. A native speaker would do that naturally and with ease, but a non-native might separate the words as they are focusing on saying each one clearly and naturally. If you speak word for word, it might make you sound like a robot. Who wants to sound like that? Computer says no. 😉
2: MUTING: Native speakers often mute the D and the T at the end of a word. For example, a native speaker would say ‘She didn’(t) go to the party las(t)night’. Both the T in ‘didn’t’ and the T in ‘last’ would most likely be muted, and the G in ‘go’ and the N in ‘night’ are pronounced. For phrases like ‘He didn’t know’ or ‘We couldn’t come’, the T is not pronounced in both ‘didn’t’ and ‘couldn’t. This is not taught at school and one of the key differences between native and non-native speech.
3: SILENCE IS GOLDEN: Native speakers know where the silent letters are in words. For example, you say the B in ‘debit’ but you don’t say the B in ‘debt’. Crazy, right? Why is the H silent for ‘honor’ and ‘hour’ and ‘honest’, but not silent in ‘help’ and ‘hungry’? And what about ‘colonel’ and ‘epitome’? Those are tricky too- we say ‘KER-nil‘ and ‘eh-PIT-o-mee‘.
But don’t worry.
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