English is a language that is spoken all over the world, and yet it’s hard to master. I’ll give you a few tips on how to speak American English better.
STEP 1: Speak Clearly
Speak clearly. A good way to practice speaking clearly is by writing. Writing will force you to think about the words you use, and to pause between sentences, which will help you keep your thoughts straight.
STEP 2: Use the Same Pronunciation Every Time
Don’t switch pronunciations every time you talk. For example, don’t say “wah” when you mean “we”, or “ah” instead of “uh”.
STEP 3: Eliminate All Unnecessary Words
If you’re trying to sound like an American, you shouldn’t say unnecessary words like “like”, “kinda” and “pretty much”. These are used to fill the space between sentences.
STEP 4: Say “Huh?” More Often
Say “huh?” when you don’t understand something, or when you don’t know how to respond. You’ll sound more natural and come off as less pretentious.
STEP 5: Use “Yeah”, “Uh-huh” and “Right” More Often
These three words are useful in everyday conversation. You should use them every time you’re talking about things that you know, or things that you’re going to do. You should also use these three words in place of other words that you don’t know, or that you don’t want to say.
STEP 6: Keep Your Eyes Open
If you’re trying to learn English, it’s best to use your ears and eyes at the same time. Listen to what people are saying, and watch what they do.
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