Are you someone who can read and write well in English but cannot speak fluently? Here are 17 innovative ways you can improve English Speaking in a short time.
Remember, improving English speaking is not like learning History or Biology. You can’t learn English speaking by learning theory. You have to practice with Native English speakers frequently and learn how to speak naturally without mental translations.
1.) Learn Real Conversational English, rather than the “proper” or book-taught language. Native speakers do not speak textbook English. They use a lot of idioms, slang and figures of speech when they speak.
2.) Use TED talks or Podcasts to listen to English regularly. Turn on the subtitles if you feel it is necessary and listen as much as you can. You must be able to understand English when spoken to be able to speak back.
3.) Keep a diary in English. Learn to express ideas in English. You brain needs to learn to “think” in English, not your native language.
4.) Avoid studying things such the international phonetic alphabet (IPA). Learn pronunciation through the “ear”. No one ever improves pronunciation and accent by watching someone else’s shape of the mouth! You improve English speaking by speaking, not watching.
5.) Learn as much Colloquialisms and Idioms as possible. Colloquialisms and Idioms vary a lot depending on whether you are learning British English or American English. We have a lot of good posts covering both styles of English in this blog.
6.) Never memorize vocabulary. Rather learn how to actively absorb new words.
7.) Build on your vocabulary gradually, beginning egocentrically. That is, begin with words needed to communicate basic needs and wants. Then build your vocabulary outward, ultimately realizing the ability to express abstract thoughts and ideas.
8.) Never memorize grammar rules. This is a complete waste of time.
9.) The best way to improve English speaking is by practicing real conversational English with native teachers. Sign up for a trial lesson.
10.) Most Native English speakers don’t know 80% of grammar rules. You don’t need grammar to speak English.
11.) Pick an English speaking course that focuses on oral English, not writing or grammar.
12.) Join an English speaking club on Skype or Google hangouts. Practice daily.
13.) Read good English articles from websites such as the New York times or the Washington post.
14.) Read out loud and compare the recording to native English speakers. You will understand where the gaps are.
15.) Do not be nervous about wrong sentence structure or getting stuck while speaking. The more you practice the easier it gets, AND you will only improve English speaking by practice.
16.) Most English learners need most help with fluency. They often know a lot of grammar and have good reading and writing skills from their lessons at school but have often not had the opportunity to practice speaking as much as they would like. Use a service such as www.SpokenEnglishPractice.com to improve English speaking skills.
17.) Learn a new word a day and use it in real conversations. You need to build an active vocabulary.