I'm not really sure what you should be looking to expect. But I've found that trying to say words to myself can help me to improve my speaking skills. I usually listen to some Japanese and find a word that I know off by heart. For example I might listen to a weather report and choose the word ame (rain) and then listen to how the native pronounces the word and then record myself saying it. I then keep repeating that untill it sounds some-what like the native. After a while you get used to some of the different sound and it gets easier.
Just a word of warning, if your going to do that method I would try to make sure that all the people that you are listening to are all from the same area of Japan. My girlfriend is from osaka and so I tend to listen to speakers who are from osaka so that i can develop an accent from osaka, if theres a region you'd like to try and copy the accent for then listen to people mainly from that area. Just one more point is that people from different areas of Japan will have different words. For example hona, which means "well then" is used in osaka whilst it isn't used a lot in other areas of Japan. Just be wary of words like that and you should be fine.
Good luck :)