Do you speak Japanese, Chinese or Korean as your native language?  Then I’ve got 4 tips for you to improve your fluency!  

  1. The first step is to recognize the sounds that you have problems with.  In my experience, most Japanese, Chinese and Korean speakers have a hard time pronouncing the [r] sound vs. the [l] sound. 
  2. Next, another issue you might have is with making natural sounding rhythm.  I often hear students from Japan, China and Korea not make clear word stress, both in word and phrasal stress.  Listen to this word “recommend”.  Which syllable gets more stress?  Practice making clear syllable stress to communicate clearly.
  3. The third issue is phrasal stress.  There are some words that get more stress than others.  In the following sentence, “I think you should go to that movie” the words “think” “go” and “movie” get the most stress because they carry the most meaning.
  4. The 4th fluency challenge is intonation.  Show emotion in your voice by rising and falling on the appropriate place in the sentence.  You should raise your voice higher on the word “love” in the following sentence to really show your emotion:  “I love to eat at that Italian place!”  It’s confusing when you don’t have clear intonation.

Keep working on these challenges and you’ll sound more like a native speaker of English! Watch the video lesson or listen to the audio for examples and details to help you learn more.