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7 Keys To Speaking Like A Native

Speaking native-like English is speaking English like someone born in an English speaking country. It is NOT only American or British or Australian or Canadian, it could rather be a mix of all these nationalities. Most English teachers, native speakers or non-native speakers, do not really know much about native-like English. They do not how they speak their own language. They are not aware of it. I will now teach you the features of native-like English. I will teach you what 95% of ESL teachers NEVER teach in (or out of) the classroom simply because they don't know how to teach it. I will show you the 7-keys to sounding like an English native speaker FOR FREE. If you have been learning English for months or years but your pronunciation and fluency are not where you want them to be, if you've mastered your grammar and memorized half of the English dictionary but you still sweat and fret when you need to have a conversation in English, then this website is definitely where you want to set your tent for a while.

How To Speak native-like English?

I will use only one sentence to show you the 7 keys to native-like English. Whether you are an English learner or an ESL teacher, native or non-native, use this page as a checklist or a quick reference when teaching or studying pronunciation. Here's the sentence we are going to use for our demo:

I’ve been out of the house since morning I’m tired I’m hungry and I desperately need a shower!

Listen to Audio1-Consonants

(All consonants are in red)

English Consonants

IPA (unnatural):

IPA (natural):

English consonants in unnatural speechEnglish consonants in natural speech

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2-Vowels

(All vowels are in red)

English Vowels

IPA (unnatural):

IPA (natural):

English vowels in unnatural speechEnglish Vowels in natural speech

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3-The Schwa Sound

(All schwa sounds are in red and shown in both natural and unnatural speech in bold letters)

I’ve been out of the house since morning I’m ti(ə)red I’m hungry and I desperately need a shower!

IPA (unnatural):

IPA (natural):

The schwa sound in unnatural EnglishThe schwa sound in natural English

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4-Word Linking or Connected Speech

(All word linking parts underlined)

I’ve been out of the house since morning I’m tired I’m hungry and I desperately need a shower!

Linking CTV (Consonant To Vowel):

been out of /nat̬ə/; morning i'm /ŋə/; tired i'm /t̬ə/; and i /naɪ/; need a /t̬ə/.

Linking CTC (Consonant To Consonant):

of the (The [f] in preposition [of] is frequently omitted prior to [the] in American English); house since (the /s/ in [house] and the first /s/ in [since] are pronounced as ONE slightly longer /s/).

Linking VTV (Vowel To Vowel):

hungry and /ijə/ (When vowel /i/ or /iː/ comes before another vowel, it is often succeeded by consonant /j/. That ensures a smooth transition from vowel /i/ to other vowels).

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5-The [t] pronunciation

(All [t]s and [d]s are in red)

I’ve been out of the house since morning I’m tired I’m hungry and I desperately need a shower!

IPA (unnatural):

IPA (natural):

Unnatural English-Pronouncing t or dNatural English-pronouncing the t or d

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6-The English Rhythm

I’ve been out of the house since morning I’m tired I’m hungry and I desperately need a shower!

Word Stress:

1-syllable words (o): i've (it's technically 2 words but since contracted it's listed as a 1-syllable word); been; out; of; the; house; since; i'm (x2); and; I; need; a

2-syllable words (Oo or oO): morning (Oo); tired (Oo); hungry (Oo); shower (Oo)

3-syllable words (Ooo or oOo or ooO): desperately (Ooo - the schwa sound between /p/ and /r/ has been omitted )

Sentence Stress:

i've been OUT of the HOUSE since MORning i'm TIred i'm HUNGry and i DESperately need a SHOwer.

Total number of syllables: o o O o o O o Oo o Oo o Oo o o Ooo o o Oo  (24 syllables)

Note: The time between one stressed syllable and another should roughly be the same but exceptions do exist.

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7-The English Pitch (known as Intonation)

Speaker iconPitch Height:

English intonation-Four levels of pitch

Pitch Movement:

English intonation-going up and down with voice
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7 keys to native-like english

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