English Shadowing Practice with Jim Carrey/Ace Ventura: Improving Pronunciation and Fluency!

Hello My Friends!

You guys requested that I do some shadowing videos for you so today I will show you how to shadow with Jim Carrey’s Ace Ventura! Remember, you need to try to copy not only WHAT people say, but HOW people say it. This includes intonation, enunciation, accents and pretty much everything! This is one of my favourite ways to practice my speaking skills in other languages!

Let’s talk a little more about what it means to shadow well.

The first thing that you really want to focus on is the mouth. Noticing how the person’s lips are moving, as well as where the tongue is located can help you duplicate a difficult sound.

Jim Carrey is amazing as he can do so many different sounds. But if you look and listen carefully, you will see that his mouth moves and stretches in ways that you wouldn’t normally see.

Even with a basic simple expression like hello you can see that his mouth opens vertically much wider, and the circular shape he makes with his lips is much more aggressive and tight.

The second thing that you want to do is listen carefully for special sound patterns. One thing that Jim Carrey does for this character is over-exaggerate vowel sounds. In some cases, his vowel endings (particularly ones that are followed by an “r”) are extended (almost like how a British person would pronounce it).

In other cases, he extends consonant sounds as well like his “n” sound. Listen to the part of the video where he says “Hello Satan” and how he saws the n sound in a long way.

In the end, shadowing is great for exercising your mouth and getting you used to a wider range of sounds in English. Remember, practice makes perfect!

Learn smarter, not harder!


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