Many techniques to learn a second language stem from how we learned our own native language while growing up. Shadowing is no different. Shadowing is nothing but mimicking another’s voice, accent, tone, pace, and other speech inflections to sound like a native speaker. Some people are really very good at this.
Shadowing can be done with long passages or short passages, any passages in the language you want to learn. Below, I have created a few passages on the subject of ‘general knowledge of India.’
In the first set of 6 recordings, you will be able to mimic different sentences. Each sentence is said two or three times, with a pause in between so you can repeat it. The sentence is given in two formats, passive, followed by active. Passive voice is typical in Indian English, while active voice is more common in American English.
The last two recordings combine all of the sentences into one free flowing paragraph, said slowly then followed by a little bit faster. The first of these two recordings is the passive variations, while the second recording will have the active variations of the same sentences.
The passive sentences are as follows:
The active sentences are as follows: