I met a guy who was born deaf and learned to pronounce and speak English by watching peoples muscle structure change in their face (i.e., their cheeks moving and lips being manipulated) Is there a way for foreign speakers, who struggle with some pronunciation because their native languages difference in pronunciation to do the same as the deaf man I met? Also, what are some good resources on this? I know you can't see the tongue and other factors that come into pronunciation, but was wondering, as my first question states, if it would still be helpful.
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Certainly, observing a native speaker's lips and cheeks movements as he/she speaks is a great way to familiarise yourself with how a English word should be pronounced. But I don't think it would help that much if you are a non-native speaker and you want to speak without an accent.
The main reason why you are struggling with some pronunciations is most likely because you've gotten too used to speaking the very native language of yours, in other words, you have the tendency to vibrate your vocal cords and move your tongue and lips in a way that creates a sound similar to your native language as you speak, thus resulting in mispronouncing some words or pronouncing them with the wrong stress.
Therefore I suggest that you take an hour every day to practice how to pronounce all the English vowels and consonants first until you are very well acquainted with them.
Then learn about syllable stresses, word stresses and intonations that create the pattern of natural sounding speech.
Here are some websites you may find useful:
Listen to them every day and imitate the native speaker's accent.
I would also suggest that you buy this book if you want to master the American accent.