My former (and best) German teacher told us to recite a text with our cat.
It’s not a bad idea because it’s an excellent pronunciation exercise.
It’s a bit like if you learned to pronounce a language with a song.
If you don’t have a pet, just use a mirror. Or better. Record yourself.
Read the text aloud first. Rehearse until you know it by heart.
Watch your last records, compare and take notes.
You’ll never stop improving your pronunciation and communication skills.
It’s also an excellent exercise to get ready for conferences and public presentations.
Trying to master a language is useless. Because you won’t master it. You’ll never have a perfect level.
Even natives don’t. They keep learning their own language. Some can’t even write, read or speak it correctly.
You’ll always learn new vocabulary words and expressions.
You’ll always learn new cultural aspects. It’s mostly true if you travel in a country related to the language.
You’ll always learn new grammar points. Or you’ll rather become to understand them.
A language also continues to evolve over time. It’s even true for ancient languages like Latin.
So don’t try a master a language. Just reach a conversational level as a first step.
A language is made to be spoken and to communicate with other humans. It’s that simple.
If your vocabulary knowledge isn’t perfect, it doesn’t matter. You can learn words and expressions every time you practice the language. You’ll always improve your vocabulary. Even natives do.
If your grammar isn’t perfect, it doesn’t matter. It’s not the most important. Locals will even congratulate you to speak their language at least. Not just a “catch-all” language like English.
If your pronunciation isn’t perfect, it won’t always be a problem. Having a strong accent doesn’t mean your pronunciation is bad. You don’t need to speak with a perfect native accent. Even native speakers have an accent when they come from another region.
If you can’t write the language, it’s not a problem. But you have to be able to read it at least to recognize and understand signs in the street.
The essential is to understand the speakers and to be understood by them.