How to Pronounce a Foreign LanguageCorrectly
JFK made somewhat of a fool ofhimself when he made his famous proclamation at the Berlin wall - in awful German. Keep readingto avoid making the same mistake.InstructionsThings You'll Need:
- Foreign Language Phrase Books
- Foreign Language Tape
- Foreign Language Textbooks
- Two-way Foreign Language Dictionaries
- Foreign Language Software
- Foreign Language Tutors
1. 1Try to forget your native language'ssounds as best you can. What sounds like a "j" in a foreign language,for instance, is probably a little different; learn the new sound, not thefamiliar one.
2. 2Listen carefully to these new sounds.Repeat them as accurately as possible, again forgetting the sounds of yournative language.
3. 3Get cassette tapes and listen to themfrequently, repeating what you hear.
4. 4Watch movies and TV programs in theforeign language, repeating (silently, if necessary) as much as you can.
5. 5Visit a place where the language isspoken natively, if possible. Imitate the native speakers' pronunciation asclosely as you can, intonation and all.
6. 6Find a tutor to help you with yourpronunciation.Tips & Warnings
- Ask your instructor to teach you tongue-twisters. These will train your mouth better than anything else.
- Focus on good pronunciation from the start, or you may build bad habits.