Speechling has quickly become one of my favorite and most used resources for studying Chinese.
One area of learning Chinese that I’ve always felt disappointed by the resources available was for speaking practice. Mimicking native speakers is one of the best ways to improve your pronunciation and speaking fluidity regardless of the language you’re learning.
But, the act of mimicking isn’t as simple as it sounds.
First, and most importantly, you need to make sure your pronunciation is correct. There are several good resources to learn Chinese pronunciation.
Second, you need to find lots of material suitable for your level and you’ll need to mimic it repeatedly. Repeating one time will rarely be enough.
Third, you should at least occasionally record yourself speaking so that you can compare it to the original recording. This is a helpful way of hearing the difference between what you say and what you intend to say. But, as you’re still not proficient in the language, it’s hard to catch all of your mistakes.
Finally, you should try to get feedback on your recordings. This will help you find mistakes you weren’t even aware you were making. Sure, you could send these to a tutor but let’s be honest, few people will actually do that.
Speechling is an app and website that makes all of these steps (and much more) incredibly easy to do.