#051 | Dustin and Ruben Share Accent Tips to Sound Like a Native Speaker in Spanish


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Benny and Shannon chat with Dustin Luke and Ruben Adery about how to develop an authentic Spanish accent by using rhythm, musicality, body language, and other local insider information.

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Episode Overview

Some of the topics brought up during the interview are:

  • What happens when a language scientist and a casual learner team up
  • Tips for rolling your r’s
  • Having an authentic accent beyond pronunciation
  • Rhythm and musicality of pronunciation
  • Learning colloquial phrases and chunking phrases
  • Mindset and “getting into character” in a language
  • Body language and other local insider tips for learning languages
  • Getting local, native speakers to open up and use the language with you
  • Learning a specific dialect without moving to the country with the Five I’s
  • The sounds with the most variance in Spanish
  • Finding viral videos in your target language
  • How learning another language is like living another life
  • Teaching your nonnative language

Podcast theme: “A New Beginning” by Shannon Kennedy

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