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  • Hello! I'm Emma from mmmEnglish, helping you to build your confidence as an English speaker.

  • Now you might recognize me from the

  • mmmEnglish YouTube channel, but if you don't I'm here to help you improve your

  • English pronunciation and to help you become a bolder, braver, more confident

  • English speaker. One of the first questions that my students ask me is:

  • "How can I improve my speaking skills?" and my answer is always the same and it's simple.

  • Focus on your pronunciation and actually practise speaking.

  • Now that can be easy to say and less easy to do, right?

  • If you don't live in an English-speaking country,

  • this can be kind of difficult. And even if you do live in an

  • English-speaking country, you might want to start a conversation with a native speaker

  • but you probably feel too embarrassed or nervous to even start

  • that conversation. Perhaps you're worried that they won't understand your accent.

  • What if I told you there was a way to practise your pronunciation to build

  • your vocabulary and to practise speaking English naturally?

  • Today I want to introduce you to the imitation technique. Now I use this technique to coach my

  • English students to improve their pronunciation but also to improve other

  • important aspects of communicating in English so that they sound more natural

  • when they're speaking. Imitating a native English speaker can help you to improve

  • your pronunciation skills and communicate clearly in English - faster

  • than any other method! Just like singing your favorite song or performing like an

  • actor in the movies, English when you're learning it, is a performance.

  • You're learning the script, you're getting ready to perform. When you're

  • communicating in English it's not only what you say but it's also how you say it

  • that's important in English. We use tone, pause and interjections to help

  • communicate how we're feeling. By imitating a native English speaker

  • you're performing in English. It's like you've become a native English speaker!

  • You can copy the stress, the tone, the intonation, the facial expression.

  • You're learning English in the most natural way possible - from the experts.

  • So what are you waiting for? Let's boost your English speaking skills together and find that

  • confident English speaking version of you! To get started right away

  • visit my website. You can get there by clicking the link above this video or by

  • visiting

  • Thanks so much for watching and I'm looking forward to seeing you soon. Bye!

Hello! I'm Emma from mmmEnglish, helping you to build your confidence as an English speaker.

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