Learning to speak a language is not always easy, especially if you are starting to learn it as an adult. If you don’t even know 10 – 15 words in English and are trying to learn it from scratch as an adult, you will certainly need the support of a dedicated English tutor. That said, there are still a lot of things you can do to improve and make progress quickly. Here are some tips we’d like to share that will help you improve your Spoken English
Learning a new language is tricky to begin with, especially English because it has rules and exceptions galore. Focus more on Conversational English.
Practice with other students so it can become second nature to you when you hear others speak it. Ask lots of questions and look for analogies so you can assimilate it into your native language.
English is a very idiomatic language. We use an abundance of expressions that don’t make sense right off the bat. Expand your vocabulary to be able to maximize your usage of the language.
Understand basic things like how tenses affect the words being used etc. but remember there is a lot more to learning English than grammar. There are exceptions to rules and idiosyncrasies that even the native speakers usually can’t explain or even realized were strange before.
In reality many native speakers do not speak like that. Instead watch TV shows, YouTube videos and TED talks. Interact with native English speakers as much as possible.
Utilize your lips, teeth, and the tip of your tongue. Listen carefully for tone of voice to determine what someone is really saying. Slow your speech down,a little, and sound the words clearly. Concentrate on the shapes the mouth and lips make, and the position of the tongue.
There are many free resources available online for ESL students, and for the most part these are free! Immersion is key, use as many resources as possible to immerse yourself in the English language.
To have contact with English speakers, such as the English conversation groups hosted by universities and community centers. You can never improve Spoken English skills without practicing speaking.
Be open to making mistakes and open to receive correction too. Be fearless in your efforts of expressing your ideas in English. Vanquish your fear of embarrassment. Be mindful that communication is always a process of negotiation, whether engaging in your native language or in any other form of language.
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes – it shows you are trying and pushing you’re boundaries. Do not presume others are judging you. Do not be afraid of using idioms and slang. You’re teacher should praise you but correct you too. Practice like no body is watching.
Ultimately realizing the ability to express abstract thoughts and ideas.
It’s a rich culture of art, literature, music, history, fashion. There is something for everyone to enjoy and use as a tool to aid learning.
This may be through sources and activities such as reading of English language materials, watching movies, and/or listening to music. Watch US sitcoms for good demonstrations of idiomatic expressions. These items are essential to learning about culture, which in turn is essential for comprehension and self expression as a proficient language user.
Understand that certain regions/countries use different slang terms and have different dialects. Learn to know when something is a metaphor or an idiom.
Every student has a reason for learning English. Make sure they never lose sight of what it is. Set small achievable milestones and create wins. Never give up on learning English.