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Gabriella: What’s the best way to master pronunciation and sound like a native speaker? Tune in to find out!
Gabriella: Welcome to Innovative Language.com Sunday News! I'm Gabriella and I'll be hosting today's Sunday news with the founder of Innovative Language... Peter!
Peter: Hi everyone! Peter here.
Gabriella: In this Sunday News, we’ve updated the voice recorder and will give you the sneak peek!
Peter: Listeners, here’s one thing that most language learners aren’t doing to master pronunciation
Gabriella: They’re not recording themselves speaking the language.
Peter: And recording yourself isn’t something that comes to mind for most learners...
Gabriella: Right. I never really thought to do it when learning languages.
Peter: laughs, That’s because we’re told to just go read a textbook. But here’s why it’s so important to record yourself.
Gabriella: First... even if you’re shadowing a native speaker or just listening to them...
Peter: You might think you sound like them...
Gabriella: ...but until you record yourself, you’ll never know.
Peter: So find out what you sound like.
Gabriella: Most native speakers will correct your grammar... but they’ll almost NEVER correct your accent
Peter: Very true Gabriella. That’s why learners never bother much with pronunciation.
Gabriella: Secondly, once you record, you can compare yourself with a native speaker
Peter: This is extremely effective because you’ll immediately hear the difference between yourself and the natives.
Gabriella: And there’s going to be a difference if you’re trying this for the first time!
Peter: Which leads us to the third point. Once you compare yourself, you start improving instantly!
Gabriella: It’s just a matter of adjusting your pronunciation, recording, and comparing until you sound like a native
Peter: And yet so few learners do this, Gabriella!
Gabriella: I think most learners just assume they’re picking it up automatically...
Peter: It’s not always automatic even if you’re listening to natives. You must hear yourself.
Gabriella: So how can our listeners start doing this right now?
Peter: Easy. This is where our newly updated Voice Recording Tool comes in.
Gabriella: It’s awesome listeners, and it comes in every one of your lessons.
Peter: Simply put, use it with our lessons to record the lesson conversations by speaking out loud.
Gabriella: So you hear the native speaker, you repeat what they said into the voice recorder...
Peter: ...And then play back to compare.
Gabriella: Oh, and you can even play both, the native recording and yours, at the same time
Peter: This is incredibly useful! You instantly hear how close you are to sounding like a native.
Gabriella: And you will easily know how to fix your pronunciation
Peter: It’s like having someone tell you what you actually sound like and what you should sound like.
Gabriella: So listeners, give the Voice Recording Tool a try!
Peter: You might think it’s uncomfortable to hear your voice... but after a few tries, you’ll love it.
Gabriella: In fact, when we removed this feature, users started emailing us asking where it went.
Peter: Well, we only took it down to upgrade it! It’s back, don't worry.
Gabriella: Listeners, you’ll find the voice recorder in the Lesson Materials section.
Peter: It will be inside the Line by Line Audio.
Gabriella: Next to each line, you’ll see a microphone icon
Peter: See it? Just click on that icon to open up the Voice Recorder
Gabriella: By the way Peter, this is a Premium feature right?
Peter: It is. Listeners, if you have a Premium account, here’s a great updated feature for you
Gabriella: And if you want to get Premium, we have a quick discount for you too!
Peter: Sign up for any Premium subscription and save 15% instantly before Wednesday, September 11th, 2013.
Gabriella: You unlock our complete lesson library, lesson notes, and Premium Tools like the voice recorder..
Peter: Your coupon link is in the lesson description, so make sure you click on it right now.
Gabriella: Or use coupon code VRT15, thats V-R-T-1-5 at checkout.
Peter: Hurry, listeners! This quick discount ends Wednesday, September 11th, 2013.
Gabriella: And that’s all we've got time for– You’ve been listening to Innovative Language.com Sunday News!
Peter: Bye everyone!
Gabriella: Thank you for listening, and we’ll see you all next time.

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How do you practice your French pronunciation? Have you tried recording yourself?