1. Making your accent sound as North American, British, or Australian as possible. If you pronounce things as someone from an English-speaking country would, people will think it's your native language. 1a. If you want to have an accent like a native English speaker, getting your pronunciation of letters used in English is important. Many people from Asian countries have trouble pronouncing the difference between L and R. It's good to practice that! Try listening to a native speaker talk, and try to repeat what they say exactly as they say it! 1b. It's important to pick one English speaking country to mimic the accent of. It'll sound weird to native speakers if you're using a mix of Australian and American accents, for example! 1c. I also want to add: It's okay to not speak with a 100% perfect accent! All that matters is that people can understand what you're saying 👍
2. Learning the slang and common expressions in English. English speaking countries have some different slang, but it's mostly the same and understandable between all of those countries (Well... Australian slang can be a bit confusing for North Americans and Brits haha). 2a. Try going through English speakers' social media accounts and looking up anything that sounds unfamiliar! This app is a great place to ask about the meanings of slang.
3. Try to match the speed that native speakers talk at. There's no one perfect speed, but there is definitely such a thing as speaking "too fast" or "too slow." "Too fast" can be hard to understand, and "too slow" can be annoying to some people. Generally though, English isn't spoken very fast, so you don't have to worry. Again, the most important thing is that other people can understand you
4. Just something good to know: America is HUGE, and between different parts of it, you'll find different ways of saying things. It's not very important to learn every way of saying something, since it's usually not very different. But if you want to sound more native to the area you're in, try looking up common slang/sayings for whatever state/area you're in
@StellaLoi Wow your English sounds very natural!! You're very easy to understand :D You have very good speed and pronunciation !
For advice, honestly the only thing I can think to say is that it's good to practice really getting that you could practice the "th" sound a bit more! (But you do sound very good, so don't stress over it 😊) The big difference between the "th" sound and the "sh" sound is the position of your tongue. When your tongue is close to the bottom of your upper teeth, it sounds like "th". But if you move it along the roof of your mouth slowly, towards the back, you'll find the point where "th" turns into "sh". (It's a short distance!) For me, it's as soon as my tongue starts touching my gums, so if I want to make a "th" sound I have to keep my tongue closer to the bottom of my upper teeth.
It's kind of hard to explain, but I hope this makes sense!! I was surprised to hear how good your pronunciation is already!
@samammil 🥳ohh got it, I'll pay more attention to the "th" sound. I can be like native with some short sentences, but when it comes to long sentences my rhyme won't be that good, I particularly practiced some of them, I guess I just need more experiences