Hearing your voice on an audio or recording can often seem a bit uncomfortable and can surprise most people when it comes to the actual sound of their voice. This is because our ears and mouth are in such close proximity that we will always have a distorted perception of our voice.
However, this uncomfortable feeling can bring great rewards if used properly. Truly hearing our voice can make us listen more carefully, thus we can more easily notice mistakes and improve the way we speak. This method can be easily applied while learning the English language.
There are a lot of methods to reduce the amount of mistakes one makes when learning English, however, few offer such a complete overview and such a good opportunity to analyze the way you speak.
This works particularly well with more advanced students, students that make fewer and harder to spot mistakes.
Improve your English pronunciation and flow
Recording yourself can also improve the way you speak the language. For beginners it may be hard to focus on speaking grammatically correct English and maintaining the proper flow of the language.
This can be helped with self-recording. Start by listening to a recording of a native speaker uttering a sentence. Then record yourself while you try to reproduce the same piece of text as closely as possible and analyze both recordings. Review and correct any off sounds and the entire flow of the text.
Playing both recordings at the same time can be an easy way to find out what words need practice and how to improve your overall flow. This will be evident as the closer your pronunciation and flow is to the original the louder the sound will be. If you have trouble with your flow the overlapping tracks will sound off and distorted. These differences will show you what parts you need work with.
Analyzing recordings of our selves won’t just improve our flow and pronunciation, but can also help with the retention of certain grammatical lessons.
It is nearly impossible for someone to continuously point out mistakes while we speak, mistakes that even when brought up wouldn’t be fixed because of the fragmented and difficult communication.
By recording ourselves while we learn, we can more easily analyze our speech or even ask a native speaker or an English teacher to correct or bring up our mistakes.
Keep track of your progress
Another great thing about using the self-recording method of improving your English knowledge is that you can very easily track your progress. Make sure you keep all your recordings and analyze them over time.
This will help you keep track of your progress and also continuously improve your speech by analyzing your speech patterns and correcting any mistakes, be them grammatical or related to pronunciation.
This method can offer help to any student, regardless of their level. Whether it be improving an advanced student’s accent to the point where it is similar to a native speaker’s or allowing a beginner to catch big mistakes before he integrates them in his speech patterns making his progress more difficult, self-recording can prove to be a very effective English learning tool.