It is certainly not easy to get the perfect accent and pronunciation…
… when learning a Spanish language. What it means to have an almost perfect accent and pronunciation? It can mean that if you speak with natives, they notice almost no difference in the accent and pronunciation to theirs. They may ask you which part of the country you do come from as they naturally try to guess it. Or they do not ask at all. Your language skill can get that good that they might think you were born in the town. In order to get as close to the native’s pronunciation and accent you can consider shadowing.
What is shadowing?
Shadowing is listening to and simultaneously repeating or echoing a recording of a foreign language. This method is known for some time and there are many advocates of this approach. If you want to try this method I would suggest that you have some knowledge of the target language so you do not start learning with shadowing right off the bat. It should not be an activity where you are just parroting but rather by understanding the context and the meaning improving your pronunciation and accent.
How shadowing works?
As you listen to the right resonance of a speech in your auditory system and compare that with your vocal output, you are able detect any mismatch. What happened then is that you will instinctively correct any mismatch as you repeat the phrase over and over. You can even recite entire dialogues and texts aloud and in correct way to improve your fluency.
If you are more interested in this method you can find more about shadowing when learning a new language on the website of Dr. Arguelles. His method is here described in a very detailed manner and I am sure for some of you this method might be very useful in learning Spanish.
What can shadowing exactly do for you?
It is a method that not only helps you to improve your pronunciation, but also rhythm and tone. All three parts: pronunciation, rhythm and intonation are necessary to get your language skills right in order to speak as close to the native’s speech as possible.
Maybe you ask yourself now how to start. I assume that you already have some intermediate or advanced knowledge and also are in possession of audio recordings for Spanish language learners. And now it is very simple. Take that recording, listen to it and just start shadowing. Just remember: do not wait for the sentence to end and then shadow. Repeat the sentence almost at the same time as the speaker. And one more tip. Choose audio that is meaningful and is interesting for you.
Good luck with shadowing!