Learning collocations is one step towards sounding like a native speaker.
What a nice sounding word!
They took soundings along the canal.
Everyone loves to hear praise, but over-praise has the opposite effect of sounding insincere.
It is when you overcome that, that a boy becomes something-something "If you're trying to say something important sounding keep talking right to the end!"
It is because light travels faster than sound that some people look brilliant before sounding stupid.