In my previous post I wrote you about how the native language means a barrier when we want to improve our pronunciation in a foreign language.
We learned to hear and to pronounce the sounds of our mother tongue. We learned to hear them, thus we exclude others. We identify sounds of a foreign language as the ones that we learned to hear – though they are not the same, but may be similar. Or totally different. It means we probably can’t exactly hear many of those sounds that exist in a foreign language. Also, our mother tongue is the restricted tool that we have when we produce the sounds speaking other languages. So yes, the sounds of the native language are the ones that we pronounce when we speak a foreign language. That’s why you can tell if someone is from Russia, France, Spain, etc….
So is this the end of the story? Is there no hope, really? I did not say that. But it takes a whole lot of practice!