Just because I’m running this website where I’m keeping a track record of how I improve over time when speaking with various English accents doesn’t mean I hadn’t been working on my English pronunciation before.
I had, and while my foreign accent didn’t bother me too much, I would still make a certain amount of effort to pronounce English sounds the way native English speakers do.
And guess what?
The strangest thing would sometimes happen when I was trying really hard to speak with as good pronunciation as I could possibly manage:
I would sometimes completely lose the thread of my thoughts, and my speech would grind to a halt!
I was none the wiser at the time as to why it was happening to me, but now that I’ve spent a good few years sorting out my English fluency issues and also working on my English pronunciation, I know for a fact that trying to do anything TOO HARD is detrimental to my ability to speak in English fluently and maintain a consistent flow of your thoughts as I speak.
When I’m forcing myself to say things super-correctly when I speak in English, quite the opposite happens and I actually start making stupid grammar mistakes.
When I’m trying really hard to sound smart and use just the right English phrases, the wrong words start coming out of my mouth by themselves.
And when I’m trying to speak with a super-correct English pronunciation, my ability to speak fluently also takes a hit:
- Words start blurring together;
- I forget what I was actually trying to say;
- I start hesitating and stuttering like a beginner English student!
Now, is this a unique issue?
Am I the only one experiencing it on the whole wide world?
I suspect it’s not really the case as there are millions upon millions of foreign English speakers out there trying hard to sound like native English speakers in terms of their pronunciation, and there’s a good chance that you’re also experiencing these kinds of problems every now and then ❗
Would you like to know why it’s happening to your English speech?
Would you like to know how to deal with it?
Then keep reading on my friend! 😉
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