Will reading out loud improve your pronunciation & speaking skills?

Will reading out loud improve your pronunciation & speaking skills?


hey what’s up Stefanie the English
coach here from EnglishFullTime.com in this video I’m going to answer the
question will reading out loud help me improve my pronunciation and speaking
skills now the simple answer is that yes it will help in some ways but there are
better methods and I don’t recommend that you primarily use this method
reading out loud to improve your pronunciation and your speaking skills
so I’m going to explain why in this video okay so several months ago I wrote
an email about this to all of my subscribers and one person wrote back
and he was so angry and he was like how can you say that reading out loud isn’t
the best method for improving our pronunciation and our speaking skills
this is what we’ve been taught this is what our teachers have shown us this is
what we all do and first of all I was kind of like okay just because that’s
what everybody does and that’s what you’re being taught doesn’t mean that
that’s the best method right the reason why reading out loud is not the best way
to practice your pronunciation is because words in English and I say this
all the time are not pronounced the way that they are written in fact words in
English often have nothing to do their pronunciation has nothing to do with the
way they’re written we have silent letters we have confusing
letter combinations you know when we’re speaking we cut off the ends of words we
add sounds we eliminate sounds and when you are reading text on a page that text
is flat you can’t read what intonation you’re supposed to speak with you can’t
read what emphasis you’re supposed to put on which syllable you can’t read any
of that information so reading the words on a page you could be reading them
incorrectly and who’s gonna be there to correct you right who’s gonna be there
to say hey no you keep messing up right there you keep doing that that’s not how
it’s done if you’re just reading out loud you could be practicing something
incorrectly and then practicing it consistently incorrectly and then you’re
gonna solidify an incorrect language pattern in your mind simply put
you cannot read sounds you can hear sounds so if you’re trying to improve
your pronunciation you should not be reading and then trying to pronounce you
should be listening and then imitating what you hear because your ears will not
deceive you but your eyes will you’ll read a word and you’ll see a silent
letter there and you won’t realize it’s silent so you think you have to
pronounce it right your eyes are deceiving you they’re making you think
that you need to pronounce a word in a certain way when you don’t
so rather you should listen to words listen to sentences listen to audio
clips and just imitate what you hear right many of you know this as shadowing
you’re shadowing what you hear you’re saying it as you’re hearing it or you’re
pausing the audio pausing the video and then repeating what you just heard and
then replay those audios again and again listen repeat listen repeat and that way
you will learn to start sounding and speaking more like a native speaker and
less like a textbook a lot of foreign speakers when they speak in English they
actually sound like a book like very choppy you know like they’re reading one
word at a time and pronouncing everything perfectly but nobody speaks
like that right so reading out loud is not a great method because your eyes are
gonna see separations between words they’re gonna see the spaces and it’s
gonna give you this idea that oh my gosh there’s a space here between these words
so I need to make spaces in between my words when I speak and that’s simply not
true we run all the words together practically okay you guys we use so many
contractions in English so again if you’re listening and then
repeating what you hear you’re more likely to develop a natural sounding
English now the other reason why reading out loud won’t necessarily help you with
your speaking is because the way that sentences are constructed in a book are
not the way that they are spoken in conversation okay and I’m going to give
you an example of this so I have a book here it’s called the e-myth revisited
and here on chapter 3 the very first sentence goes like this
it is self-evident that businesses says like people are supposed to grow
and with growth comes change that’s a great sentence but it’s a great sentence
for a book I do not talk like this okay so instead of saying it is self-evident
I would say like hey it’s obvious it’s obvious and instead of starting my
sentence like that I might not even say it’s obvious cuz when something is
obvious we just say it we don’t have to say it’s obvious so I would just say you
know businesses are like people they have to grow that’s it that’s how I
speak I don’t have to speak in this fancy way that this book is written and
this book isn’t even that fancy but as you can see from this sentence here it
still has some pretty complex sentences and again these sentences are very
well-written but nobody talks like that so if you want to learn to speak in a
natural way you have to imitate people and not even people giving speeches
because the way you speak when you give a speech is a lot different than the way
you speak in a conversation so in conclusion reading out loud will help
you improve reading out loud okay if you want to improve your pronunciation
listen and repeat what you hear and if you want to improve your speaking skills
then do that same thing listen and repeat but engage in conversations with
other people where you can practice your speaking skills and where you can get
feedback because in a conversation someone’s gonna say oh I’m sorry what
what do you mean by that or I don’t understand what you mean or could you
explain that more or something like that that shows you how you’re doing and
likewise if nobody asks that if nobody says oh what do you mean if they just
carry on with the conversation and keep going then that confirms to you that
they understood you and you’re doing great with your English okay so if all
of this makes sense please let me know in the comments and I would love to do
more videos like this where I answer frequently asked questions so if you
have a question that you’d like me to do a video about please let me know in the
comments just type it out there in the comments and if you want to give me some
context also that would be really helpful tell me why you’re asking what
you’re struggling with and what your goal is what you’re trying to achieve
okay alright so that is it if you want a guide on
to senior English with native speakers meeting native English speakers online
interacting with us so you can practice your English improve your English learn
new vocabulary build your confidence etc I have a guide on my website I’m going
to link it here in the description I always share this guide because it is
literally the most popular one on my entire website EnglishFullTime.com
that’s it you guys have a great day and I will see you in the next video bye

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  1. What methods do YOU use to improve your pronunciation?? Also, don’t forget to download the FREE guide on speaking with native speakers 😉 https://englishfulltime.com/free-guide

  2. Hi, here in Brasil, we have a lot of diferents accents, like northeastern people speaks complete diferent from southeast people(at certain point they even understand one each other) . How is this on USA?

  3. I understood your point of view but also i can say that i've been using that techniqur for long time and believe me that has helped me a lot. That's why at the beginning we go slow , littel by littel by looking for vocabularies , knowing their pronunciations which is the fonetic. But in part you're right stefany , i like your videos and God bless you

  4. I actually did shadowing from VOA news 1 hour every single day in nearly 1 year. I tried to repeat and follow the voice in the news. Day by day, my pronunciation and listening skills are improved. But not much! The changes are super slow and you just realize the huge change after 1-2 years like me. At starting point since 2 years ago, I could read and watch videos with subtitle, but I couldn't listen and speak. Now I can watch all most youtube video without subtitles; I can have a simple conversation; I can make videos by speaking English.

  5. I totally agree with you. And coincidently yesterday I was trying to read a book out loud because I thought it would help me with my pronunciation. But actually, I came to realize that my pronunciation was totally different from the way I speak in English. So I tried to think more about it and it's exactly like you said. I was reading the words with a non-natural way, pronouncing letters that I don't use to pronounce when I'm speaking in a conversation. I was reading almost like a robot and I was conscious that I don't' speak that way. And now you said, it's clear. And another funny thing is that before you say that we need to imitate native speakers speaking in English, I was doing that with your video. I was repeating everything you were saying, and it really works. thank you a lot for sharing these tips and your knowledge with us.

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  7. 5:30 omg you have no idea how many times I’ve heard that 🤣 “Listen & repeat” I can literally hear that in my head

  8. I did the same thing for my advance pronunciation practice "listen and imitate" Ellen DeGeneres 😂

    I also tried to speak via a phone call with foreigners

    I also tried to listen on videos with different volumes "For my Listening skills"

  9. Hello, coach Stephanie, huge fan of you, your videos, and your coaching style. I really appreciate it! However, I wanted to leave my first comment here with some disagreements on this particular video. I've actually began practicing reading out loud recently long after I've understood how native speakers sound like. So, it's fair to say that reading out loud makes more sense when you already know how it might sound like, how to contract words and where to put stress etc. Nonetheless, i think it's still helpful to read out loud because written English shows what the actual words you are listening to and it allow you to see what exactly the words and contents you want to say. For foreigners, especially adults, it's important to understand the content correctly while practicing pronunciation.
    In addition, you mentioned native speakers won't speak like written English or speeches and i just don't agree. I have met numerous American firends young and old who switched their language patterns depending on situations. For example, my buddies who always speak casually with easy words in daily conversations usually switch their patterns to very formal ways when they talk in professional situations such as talking to a client or giving advice to a college student after their lecture or something like that. I also knew a retired professor who spoke formal English in a daily greeting with various word choices, colorful but often difficult words.
    Anyways, I guess my conclusion with this rebuttal is that becoming like a native speaker is not just about being fluent in daily conversations but is also about being able to use English as if it's your soncond mother tongue and "reading" itself is important because it gives you knowledge and reading out loud also helps when you know how it's supposed to sound like. Also, reading and learning from speeches helps tremendously at least in my experience for the same reason. My suggestion tho about reading out loud has been always to try as if you are acting trying to grasp what it may sound like if you put some life in it.
    I hope this comment may work only constructively and make your coaching more effective. Again, I really appreciate your stuff. I've started watching your videos yesterday and I already feel I'm learning sooooo much! Cheers!
    Jungho from South Korea

  10. When I was a student.each of my English teacher told me that read aloud can help your English pronunciation. But when I grow up, I found that didn’t work. And now i learn English by YouTube, Your video helps me a lot . Thx

  11. I totally agree with you. I've been studying english by myself through texts books for years and I've already attended regular english schools as well. Last month, however, I went to visit Los Angeles and Las Vegas and I must confess and reinforce what you said, the American accent is very difficult and it has almost nothing to do with that we learn in regular Brazilian english schools. Although the American people could understand me, I couldn't understand most of them. Sometimes I had to comunicate in spanish. Pity! If you were there, however, I'm sure I would be able to understand you. At least I would try my best.
    On the other hand, if you read out loud following a text spoken at the same time by a native people, for example the subtitles from your video above, then i think that method can help us improving english.

  12. Actually it's what I'm doing with your videos. Basically I try to repeat everything what you say. But it's hard to keep the same pace speed. But I've noticed that my toung become more flexible I would said.

  13. Of course pronunciation is by listening, watching tv programms and watching vídeos, but reading helps in every lenguaje not to stutter or stammer and thar's for sure.

  14. I read out loud cuze memories 😂 not to increase pronounce… I used to imitate when I was child for fluency

  15. So true. Cheers to you, English Coach. And those teachers that person had that emailed you did not know any different and likely did not want to do any different (e.g. more work).

  16. I use audiobooks for pronunciation. Now I read and listen Alice in Wonderland. And I think it is really useful for improving sounds and intonation. And I think it can help to make a speech more beautiful, more multifarious. But it must be just a part of a complex of methods. And a book must be chosen carefully. It must be a modern fiction with "light" language. Not Ulysses or something like that.

  17. Oh my god! I’ve never thought of shadowing! I’m going to shadow my favorite American comedians, this will be fun!

  18. The answer depends on many other factors. For example, I read out loud focusing on the intonation the writer intended to deliver on the piece of writing. The more I practice this, the better I improve not only reading skills but also my speaking skills. Of course it also allows for better understanding of what I'm reading.

    In conclusion, if you give yourself a purpose to read out loud then it can help you improving your English reading and speaking communication skills.

  19. Thank you, can introduce some method to increase your vocabulary? Listening is still a challenge for me. Sometimes when I looked back the script of a piece of audio that I could not understand well, I found there is a considerable amount of new words to me. I even can not understand the sentences when I read it, how can I understand it by my ears. @The English Coach

  20. Stefanie! I 💕 You, your home, your family, your town, your city (CA), your country (obviously the US) and I also 💕 those who respect you and love you and I 💕 all your subscribers and viewers and those who like your videos…Thanks a lot for being with us on Youtube. Stay blessed (Amen).

  21. Instead of reading out loud….better to "Speak out loud"…Like "My name is Gregory Junaid Michaelson. I'm from San Francisco. I'm a Civil Engineer and I'm graduated from Stanford. I wanna improve my English skills. I've visited so many channels on YouTube but no one can teach like Stefanie. That's why I've chosen the English Full-time dot com." 😂😂😂 Nice drill…
    One can even do such kinda drills while sitting in a room. "Like this is a chair but that's a door. This is my book and that's my laptop. I 💕 my Laptop coz there are so many English videos on my laptop which I have downloaded from the Stefanie channel." But the condition is to speak out loud…

  22. What if your already good at pronouncing words but you read out loud just to get your vocals stronger?

  23. You've just explained it very clearly, i don't think there would be a single method better than yours. I am totally impressed

  24. Hey Stefanie. the whole video makes perfect sense. By the way, an extremely clear explanation, as always.
    I have a tendency to write in a somehow intricate way, but that is the way that books, especially textbooks are written in Italian to show how culturally advanced is the author, with long sentences that never end full of commas and semicolons. You really need to concentrate not to lose yourself. 
    When I was studying at U.S.F. in San Francisco I was astonished by how simple and clear the textbooks were. The focus was on getting the message through and facilitate the learning process, and not to showoff.
    Clearly, both in Italian and in English people do not speak as textbooks.

  25. Wow I could understand what you are talking to !
    I feel like my English skill is improving because of your clear English
    Thank you so much ❤️

  26. I've been combining reading text while also listing to that same text being read in a corresponding audio book.

  27. I'm sorry,let me say something. Yes,you are quite right saying listening native speaker and repeating is much better than reading. But there are so many words,so many learners,learners who are beginners. That's impossible to keep someone of the natives for each of them to correct him. And there are reading rules and trancription in the dictionary for learners to check themselves to correct pronunciation. Listening and speaking to natives nowadays is priority in studying,but just a part of studying as well as reading, I think reading gives you at least an opportuninity in a comfortable way,not bothering anyone to practice all difficultlt sound-combinations you can meet in the flow of talk. Though listening to native speaker is essential you can't reject reading as absolutely unnecessary part for practicing pronunciation and speaking I think.. I personally often correct my pronunciation and sound fluency(if I can say so) with the help of written texts when I have a long time break in practicing the language.

  28. wow, she's cute. Reading aloud works very well. Use a tape/digital recorder so you can hear yourself. Then you can make the necessary corrections. I actually video tape by speech sessions to make sure my body language aligns together.

  29. I use a pronunciation app, so if I find words in books which I find difficult to pronounce. I will type the word in the application and the computer will say it for me, and then I repeat it by saying it aloud.

  30. I agree and disagree with this video. What I do agree with. Is that yes reading out loud isn’t the most effective way of improving your pronunciation and speaking. For me when I start learning a language I only do language shadowing, until I have studied the language enough to a point where I know how the language is spoken and how words are pronounced. Then I don’t even read. What I disagree with, now correct me if I’m wrong. That reading out loud isn’t an effective way of language learning. Because for me when I am maintaining my languages. I read out loud, now for me maintaining languages doesn’t mean to improve, it’s meant to make sure that your languages don’t become rusty. For me reading out loud gives me more exposure to the language. So that when I get back to learning the previous languages, I will be better than ever before. Because of how much I have exposed myself to the language if that makes sense.

  31. Sorry, I think most of your fans are not native English speaker. So I recommend you to make some brief and key points in your video and explain why in a logical way. And there is another reason, which is when we say something in oral way there are lots of word repeated, and lots of words not important. Thank you sincerely.

  32. Sorry, I think most of your fans are not native English speaker. So I recommend you to make some brief and key points in your video and explain why in a logical way. And there is another reason, which is when we say something in oral way there are lots of word repeated, and lots of words not important. Thank you sincerely.

  33. your videos are just so concise , not a sentence more, not a word less, just perfect, which means i don't have to spend like an hour or more on one single video filled with a load of excessive talking typically. Also, they are relevant, just simply solved all my problems especially on the speaking part. Thank you, Stefany!

  34. Makes sense what you said. I learned how to say a few words in different languages just listening and repeating the sound. That’s true Stephanie. Greetings from Dominican Republic.

  35. I'v been learning english almost before 5 months ago and I started to improve my skill lestening by lesten to a different speaker and Music video and TV show, and then I learned a lot of words And take a lesson in Youtube

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