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How to Talk Like a Native Speaker | Marc Green | TEDxHeidelberg

Marc talked about the process of learning a foreign language and the different levels of fluency. He will show that there is a higher realm of language proficiency and explain what it takes to reach this “native” point where the benefits far surpass mere communication skills. Marc’s passion is the study of languages, their manifestation in local dialects, as well as their expression in poetry and folkloric song. He has acquired a near-native proficiency in six languages and their sub-forms and has given various musical performances. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Comments (35)

  1. It is one of the good ways to improve your English by listening to TED TALKS

  2. Russia has really changed since that time, especially Moscow.

  3. What languages did he speak?

    I've spotted Spanish, French, German and Russian… It lacks the two others.

  4. Who's not a native speaker….


  5. Useful tips. Thank you!

  6. Oriana esta en ingles ahre

  7. I don't get what is the benefit of this, in a world with a global tendency we can not pretend to be native speakers of all the languages, it is forgetting where you come from and try to hard to be something you are not and that everyone knows you are not. It is like saying that you need several plastic surgeries to change your ethnic look …. It is sad that people look at this talk

  8. Learning language is not pretending you were born that country. Why do I have to speak like native speakers?
    With my accent, people still understand me. I just want to learn more vocabulary and more cultural stuffs.

  9. Our accent is a part of our personality! I remember one of the British ladies told me, 'Larisa, do whatever you want to do with your English, but please do not change your accent. it is so beautiful.'

  10. Dil dile değmeden 🤣

  11. Recording yourself while speaking it's also a way to check how you actually sound like and improve your pronunciation. Most of the time we think we sound pretty good… Until we hear our own voice 😁

  12. Learn to speak properly amt pronunciation is part of your identity.

  13. I am trying to find a kiwi girlfriend by learning English

  14. From a linguistic standpoint Native Fluency and accuracy at a master level are completely different concepts I.e Chomsky's Language Acquisition Device: Definition & Explanation

  15. I think the key idea that works against eliminating accent is the feeling that you will lose too much of your personality

  16. Your voice is great. Thank a lot

  17. I don't understand anything
    But my dream is to learn English

  18. Was it Hebrew, at the end?

  19. I spotted immediately, though, his German accent! 😉

  20. Me llamó la atención en video, al abrirlo habló de Rusia, no puede ser todos los días me recuerda ese gran país y casualmente a mi ex de allá, definitivamente tengo que aprender por completo el idioma ruso, nada es coincidencia en esta vida, todo tiene un motivo.

  21. I speak 4 languages. One should always strive to speak like a native; however, I have seen people lose the joy of communicating in a foreign language because they are stressed about their accent. That is sad. Aim to be understood. There are also external clues that signal "not from around here" before you even open your mouth 🙂

  22. South Park and Friends taught me English better than school did

  23. I am struggling with my speaking skills , I can understanding the most of things but speak it out is really hard.

  24. This is perfectly way to think how to speak non-mother language tips.👍

  25. Don’t waste your time with this video

  26. For those who misinterpreted what he said:

    Well, I think what he tried to say has nothing to do with "having an accent makes you a worse speaker than a native person"

    What he said was that native speakers tend to (unconsciously) look differently at you if you don't have an accent. And yes, once again we all know that accents can be found in many different ways.

    Obviously what he tried to say is that in order to "be accepted" by native speakers (once again unconsciously) one shouldn't have an accent that tells that they don't belong to a certain country.

    For example, I'm from Brazil and we have MANY accents in here. It's a continental country. Even in my state, which is one of the smallest ones we have different kinds of accent. But I'd talk more freely and without thinking which words to use to a guy from the north of the country (I'm from the southern part of the country) knowing he's from the north cause of his accent than with a guy trying to speak Portuguese with a Japanese accent.

    We do have lots of communities here in Brazil. Italians and Japanese being the biggest ones. Thus, we come across many people who speak Portuguese with an accent that's not Brazilian. Specially in greater cities.

    I have a friend, she's Argentinian and when we go out together we tend to use easier vocabulary and we often don't overuse slang and idioms because she often feels confused or doesn't understand at all.

  27. Basically you have to learn to be a native to talk like a native…very insightful

  28. Well, back in 1987 50 dollars were around 75 rubles. Not 20 times 50 rubles

  29. Oh! Amazing presentation this video I got from how I will emphasizing my speech to do well thanks

  30. Learn at Queens and you will understand the pain.

  31. He says eliminating the accent is the most important thing, but still he got his German one… 🤦‍♂️

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