Have you been studying English for years but still can’t speak naturally? Do you know grammar and vocabulary but get “stuck” when speaking English? Are you worried you don’t sound natural speaking English?
Most English learners have a good knowledge of conjugation,grammar and syntax rules. They display a good command of the written English language as well, but when it comes to English spoken in real life they are challenged by the nuances of real conversational English. This this blog post we discuss 3 awesome ideas to overcome these challenges and sound natural speaking English.
The English language has complex sentence structures with things like prepositions popping up in unusual places. As an English learner you can’t simply memorize all these rules.
Reading English newspapers and magazines are a great way to expose yourself to complex sentences and proper formats used in real world English. It is most helpful if the student reads something of interest to the student, rather than reading about topics which do not keep the learner’s attention. For example, if a student is interested in fashion, it would be best for the student to read a magazine or book which focuses on this topic, such as Vogue.
The advantage of reading English newspapers, magazines and tabloids is that these are written by Native English speakers for Native English speakers. Hence, the English used is “natural speaking English”, not textbook English.
It’s not always about talking. Try and find a good listening resource online and incorporate that into your routine. You won’t know how it is said until you hear it in its native tongue. Try listening while speaking over their voice and mimicking what they are saying.
This is also good when refreshing yourself in pronunciation and training your brain in natural speaking English. This will also help increase your exposure to new words and vocabulary. Go back and listen to see how you compare to the native speaker. You may find out you still need to adjust certain sounds or speak at a slower speed to sound more natural.
Looking for some free online resources to improve pronunciation? Here is a great post.
The most effective way to learn “natural speaking English” is to surround yourself with people who speak the language fluently. The key part is making sure that you are actively participating in the conversation by speaking rather than only listening to others talk. This is what makes English schools such as www.spokenenglishpractice.com truly great.
If you don’t know any native English speakers there are plenty of ways you can meet some. First, try looking for an English conversation club in your city. Also, invest in a Native English teacher to practice speaking over Skype. Utilizing an English tutor is great if you are looking to have someone correct your mistakes and provide specific English learning advice.
Learning to speak English naturally can be challenging as an adult. Reading and writing English is one thing, but speaking English naturally requires a lot of Conversation practice, ideally with Native English speakers.