I recently watched this excellent video from Tim Ferriss about language learning and in the Q&A session at the end, he gave some excellent tips for fixing your pronunciation.
- Find a native speaker
- Ask a language exchange partner, friend, tutor, teacher, coworker, OR, find someone on Craig’s List, Livemocha, Verbling, or RhinoSpike
- Have a text
- Write out a 5-minute self-introduction (because that bio will be 90% what you talk about when you meet other people in that language)
- Read that and record it
- Send it to the native speaker with the same text
- Have them circle or highlight the things you have trouble with
- Note: Don’t try to do this in real-time. Most people are too polite to interrupt you and by the time you finish, they’ll forget where your pronunciation faltered.
- Then “drill the hell out of those” over and over and over
- Then read it all again (rinse and repeat)
Do what he suggests. Take some time to:
- Write out a good, long self-intro and get it grammar checked and proofread until it’s exactly what you want
- Record yourself reading through your self-intro and send it to a native speaker for feedback
- Drill your bad pronunciation (based on their feedback – and try to get them to record a “properly pronounced” version that you can “listen and repeat” along with)
- Then, MEMORIZE it all with good pronunciation
Now, whenever anyone asks you to give your self-intro, you can surprise and awe them with your amazing Korean ability.
Over to you:
Have you ever done this before? Ever memorized a GOOD self-intro in Korean? I’ve been wanting to do so for a while, so I will try to give it some good time this next week to do it. I’ll post the video here when I finish. What will you do? Let me know in the Comments below or on social media with #120TOPIK.