One of the most powerful and effective strategies to improve your pronunciation is to record yourself speaking English. At first, it may feel strange and uncomfortable, and you’ll think that you sound funny or even silly. It is, perhaps, the fastest way to improve your pronunciation. Reasons why you should record yourself:
Do you know what you sound like when you speak English? Have you ever heard yourself speaking English? How can you improve your pronunciation if you don’t know what you sound like? What are you going to improve? People say you need to learn from your mistakes, but how do you know what mistakes you are making?
You probably bring the sounds from Russian with you when you start speaking English. This is normal. Everyone does this when they learn a new language. That’s why you speak with an accent. How do you know what those sounds are? How are you going to reduce your accent if you don’t know what your accent is?
It is much more powerful to hear yourself and hear your own mistakes than to have someone tell you what your mistakes are. You are not going to improve your pronunciation by reading out loud every day. You will just keep repeating your mistakes without ever correcting them. If you record yourself speaking, you can hear your mistakes and correct them.