Can You Learn To Speak A Language Like A Native? The #1 Most Effective Habit To Speak Like A Native

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Can You Learn To Speak A Language Like A Native?

You’ve probably spent months or even years trying different techniques to improve your language skills with no results.

Not to worry, I got you!

Video Tape Yourself

Tape yourself talking, walking, singing, doing housework, playing with the dog, cooking a pizza, whatever.

Sounds simple right? 

Well, how come you haven’t tried yet? and if you have “congratulations” you are one of the 2% who have.

Videotaping yourself will give you so much language self-awareness, it’s crazy!

You won’t believe what you see or don’t see.

If you don’t like what you see, you can start to change very easily.

In fact:

If you are really feeling gutsy, hide the camera and videotape yourself talking to the cashier at the nearest store. Or you could always ask a friend to help you.

Easier said than done. I already know only a few will try it because most people don’t want to step out of their comfort zone and they dread the idea they might make a fool of themselves in front of a camera even when no one is watching.

Tape-record almost anyone’s voice, play it back for them, and they’ll ask “Do I really sound like that?”

To me, this was even harder because I never liked hearing my voice on tape, but seeing myself on video was even more terrifying.

“I look, move, gesture, and talk like THAT?”

Sometimes it is difficult to imagine what went wrong or right in a conversation or the words you mispronounced when all of your clues come from the person you’re communicating with (and often, they’re being very polite). It’s difficult to see what you’re doing wrong or right unless you can actually SEE what you’re doing, or someone (besides the person) is there to drop hints.

Today, I know how important observing and studying yourself is for your language learning mastery.

What does this mean?

When I learn languages I always make it a point to videotape myself to see what I sound like but also to read my own body language because as we’ve discussed before a good communicator is not only good at saying the right words with perfect pronunciation but just as important is what you communicate with your nonverbals and body language, I was told that when speaking I’d make this face and posture that communicated anxiety and confusion. My shoulders would hunch, my eyes widen, and my eyebrows raise… I had no idea I was doing this but when I finally saw what I had been told and made the change, I became more successful at speaking the language.

Imagine if you weren’t aware that every time you say something in the target language, you become so nervous and fidgety that you turn off your language conversation partner.

Final Thoughts: How to Achieve Native Like Fluency in any Language?

Person scrolling to her phone and looking for the video option to practice her language skills while answering to the question: Can you learn to speak like a native?

To achieve this level of fluency you must become a detective of yourself and become familiar and comfortable with how you come across to others so that you know exactly what you are communicating and sub-communicating when you talk.

You might go through life thinking that you could never speak fluently because your accent is too heavy, or you don’t practice enough. While all of those things could be true about you, the reason behind your inability to sound like a native would remain an enigma until you start bringing more awareness into your conversations by videotaping yourself!

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Happy Learning 

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Since he was a child, Daniel has been passionate about Social Dynamics. Learn how Daniel got his start as a Language Coach, and why he decided to start this language blog. If you want to send Daniel a quick message, then visit his contact page here.

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