Improving Your Spoken English
The absolute best way to learn any new language is just to speak it. It doesn't matter if you only know five English
words or if you're practically fluent - speaking English with another person is the fastest, most effective method
Don't wait until you "feel more comfortable" speaking in English - you probably won't reach that level for a long time, so push yourself outside of your comfort zone and start speaking English today. You' ll be amazed at how quickly your language skills improve.
Even if you have an acceptable grasp of the English language, with good grammar and an extensive vocabulary, native English
speakers may find you very difficult to understand if you don't work on your pronunciation.
- Correct, clear pronunciation is essential if you really want to improve your level of English. Listen closely to how native English speakers pronounce certain words and sounds and do your best to copy them.
- Pay particular attention to any sounds that you are unfamiliar with or that do not exist in your native tongue. For example some people have difficulty pronouncing the "r" sound, as it does not exist in their native language, while other people have difficulty with certain consonant clusters, such as the "th" sound.
- Be aware that the pronunciation of certain English words varies greatly depending on the part of the world it's spoken in.
- The wider your vocabulary and the more English phrases you learn, the easier speaking English will become.
- Again, spending time with native English speakers will help you to pick up on common vocabulary and phrases in a natural way. Although reading, watching English TV and listening to the news is also beneficial.
- Once you have learned a new word or phrase, you should make an effort to use it in a sentence - this is the best way to commit it to memory.
- You should also start a notebook of idiomatic phrases that English speakers use all the time. Sprinkling these kinds of phrases into your conversation will bring your level of English up several notches.
Another great way to incorporate some extra English conversation into your weekly routine is to sign up for a class. Attending an English class is a great way to focus on some of the more formal aspects of speaking English. A high quality class will teach you the grammatically correct way of speaking -- which includes proper sentence structure and verb conjugation and will generally provide a very structured approach to language learning.