how to sound like a native English speaker

How to Sound Like a Native English Speaker When Presenting Part 2 [VIDEO]

Posting follow up content is a great way to keep your audience coming back for more content. Here's an example of something I created as a follow up to my previous week's video about how to sound like a native English speaker when giving a presentation. In this video about how to sound like a native English speaker when giving a presentation, you will learn three additional strategies to help you. After last week's video, I received a message from from Dave MacLeod, a Korean to English translator based in Calgary, Canada. He suggested two brilliant ideas related to presentation scripts translated into English. So I decided to make a video about Dave's two ideas, plus an additional one of my own.

1. Dave's first idea is to translate your presentation script into colloquial English. Colloquial English is English that is spoken commonly by most native English speakers. It is the casual language you will most likely encounter in an English speaking country. Colloquial English will help your presentation sound more natural, which will help you sound more like a native English speaker.

Dave also suggests not to worry about a direct translation, to allow the translator freedom to choose the appropriate words that convey your meaning.

2. Dave's second idea is to get your presentation script recorded by a native English speaker. This may seem expensive and time consuming, but you can go to a website called and find a native English voice actor to record your script. Prices start at five dollars and that usually includes about 100 words. But please check the website, as each person on that site charges a little differently.

The main point being you can get a perfect sounding version of your presentation to practice with. This will helps intonation, speed and pronunciation. One additional piece of advice is to ask the voice actor to record the script at a slower speed then native speed, which should help you speak at a good pace.

3. And the third thing is my idea, which is to use your newly translated script and voice recording to make your own recording. What I mean is turn on a video camera and practice your presentation using the script and the recording. You can then check if you are speaking accurately and with the same speed and intonation as the voice recording.

Now all of this costs some money and you'll need time to prepare, but it could be worthwhile investment.

Thanks to Dave for the great tips! Hope you enjoyed those. Let me know if you have any questions, comments or suggestions and good luck.

How to sound like a native English speaker when giving a presentation [VIDEO]

This is actually a good content marketing lesson, which I'll explain as you read on. But first, some background. This video is from my presentations site and it was made in response to a question I got on YouTube. The question was about sounding more natural when speaking English, and sounding like a native English speaker. Many English language learners feel that they have to sound like a native speaker... thats a good goal, but it isn't always necessary to sound native when speaking English. Anyway, check out the video to see what I mean. Content marketing lesson from this

This video is also an example of how you can engage your audience and build greater trust with them. Did I have to respond to the question by making a video? No, of course not. But I feel that when someone takes the time to not only watch, but to reach out and ask a question related to a challenge they are having, they're likely to be pretty happy to get a video just for them.

Personally, I tend to get a poor impression of people who don't respond to relevant questions or comments so I do my best to reply to people that contact me. It's also a great way to be congruent with the persona/image one has in the mind's on your audience.

Anyway, here's the video and below that is a text version of what I talked about in the video.

What the real issue is

Whenever somebody asks this question, it's usually because you really care about your English presentation performance. You probably understand how important it is to give a good presentation in English. And you probably think that what is holding you back from giving a good presentation is your English speaking ability. But in my experience, the real issue is not so much your English ability, as it is the fact that you are presenting in English by memorizing a script.

Why that is a problem

Well, the problem with that is that your script was probably not written in a natural native English-speaking kind of way. It was likely written to be more, or as much as possible, grammatically correct and with the best vocabulary you could think of.

So memorizing it becomes an issue

When you memorize a presentation script that was not written in a natural way, there is no way you can deliver the presentation and sound natural. Not even a great actor could do that.

Another thing

If your audience is made up of non-native English speakers, then they likely won't care that you don't sound like a native English speaker. It would be impressive, though, and there are some ways to help you.

Here are 3 things you can do to sound more like a native English speaker...

1. Use simple vocabulary that a 10-year-old child can understand

Be sure to avoid complicated, overly technical or very advanced words and sentence structure.

The reason is because to sound more natural, you must use more common and natural sounding vocabulary and sentences.

2. Go to

Use it to check your presentation script for clarity, sentence structure and vocabulary usage.

This is a great app because it clearly points out how readable your writing is, which in turn, determines how natural sounding your presentation script will be.

3. Give yourself enough time to prepare

You need time to write your script and edit it to sound more natural.

Preparing for a presentation at the last minute or with little time to go over your script, is a recipe for a poor sounding presentation.

To wrap up

Remember that the most important thing is working from a good script. You should try to avoid sounding too academic. Instead, aim for being understood by your audience, as that is far more important.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments. Good luck and thanks again to Ton Rod!