I would like to share with you three secrets to sounding like a native speaker when speaking a foreign language.

The first secret is that you want to imitate sounds and behavior of the person in the foreign language because the more that you imitate the sounds and not just the words, you’re going to pick up the intonation and the inflexion and you’re going to sound much more like a native speaker. But beyond that, if you pick up the gestures and the movements and the way that a native speaker holds him or herself, you’ll notice that that will actually help your ability to speak and make the sounds and have the intonation of a native speaker which brings us to the second technique which is imitating rhythm.

Listen to somebody talking a foreign language as if they were singing. Try to find the rhythm in the music behind the speech. If you imitate the rhythm then that will even if you mispronounce the word, you will sound much more like a native speaker than if you get the words right but it don’t have the correct rhythm.

The third thing I’d like to say really has to do with native English speakers. One of the biggest problems that native English speakers have is the R. The letter R is very unique within the languages and becomes a flag to other people from other countries to identify a native English speaker when he’s speaking a foreign language. But there is a trick in a way that you can eliminate this flag and speak a foreign language in a way that people won’t instantly recognize that you are of an English speaker and that is to make your R’s more like a D.

For example, in the Spanish word “pero” which means “but” is in the sense of “I would like to go but,” instead of saying the R normally, try to put your tongue at the top of your mouth or at the roof of your mouth and make it sound more like a D, pero. If you do that especially in languages like Spanish where you need to roll your R but you’re not able to it just like I’m not able to roll my R’s correctly, people will not recognize that you are an English speaker. They may think that you’re a foreign but at least they won’t think that you’re a native speaker and in doing so overall your speech will sound much more like a native speaker than if you said your R’s with an American accent or with an English accent.

Roger Easlick is passionate about languages and would like to share his techniques for learning languages with you. Please visit www.CrushALanguage.com.

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Are You Too Old To Learn A Foreign Language?

by Roger Easlick on December 7, 2011

You may be surprised that it’s easier for an adult to learn a foreign language than it is for a child. The reason for that is that there are three traits that you must have to learn a foreign language and most adults are better at this than children.

The first trait that’s very important in learning a language is focus. An adult generally can control his focus much better than a child. If the task is interesting then the child gives it his full attention and is often able to learn very quickly but the problem is that children aren’t very good at controlling their focus. They have a goldfish mentality. Anything that comes into their line of view or any noises that are made in the room will instantly distract them and destroy or hinder their ability to learn. An adult on the other hand, can stay focused regardless of the situation around him.

The second thing that you really need to be able to learn a foreign language is discipline. You need to be able to do things every day even when it’s not the most exciting thing you can think of to do. You need to make it exciting. A child likes for things to be made exciting but can’t really make things exciting his or herself oftentimes. An adult is very much better at that and that means that you study every day, that you learn every day and you’re going to learn more faster than someone who can only learn when they’re sitting in a classroom and being taught by a teacher.

And the last thing that’s very important and probably the most important thing you need to be able to learn a foreign language which makes it much easier for adults to learn than children is attitude. Attitude is everything. If you have the right attitude then you can only learn a foreign language much faster than anyone else, a child or another adult. The attitude that you need to have is one where you’re not afraid to make mistakes, you’re able to study on a regular basis and you can keep yourself interested and motivated by finding topics and people to talk to who are very interested in the language and that keep you interested.

Roger Easlick is passionate about languages and wants you to be too. For more information on tips and tricks on how to learn languages faster, visit www.CrushALanguage.com.

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