Oscar-winning actor, Javier Bardem, answers a few questions from TIME magazine readers.
During the six-minute interview, Javier Bardem talks to the TIME magazine reporter about his early acting studies and how actors are dealing with the current lack of jobs in the film industry; and how his performances come out so naturally that he finds it impossible to see his own films in the cinema. He also tells us the secret of his unique, powerful voice. And yes, you were right! It has to do with sports and fitness.
More importantly, he provides his secret on his mastering of the language. As to pronunciation, what makes his performances so accurate and brushed up? He admits that while rehearsing in English he needs to “own the language” and how “words shouldn’t go blank”.
What Bardem tries to emphasise is the importance of imitation and context while acquiring a foreign language. Those new sounds and intonation patterns can only be acquired by imitating native speakers, and the only way of using words correctly is to see them in original contexts.
So what do you do improve your pronunciation?