Have you been learning English for years but still not able to speak fluent English? Have you tried many methods to improve English speaking but is still struggling to speak confidently? Are you someone who can Read and Write well in English BUT can’t speak fluently in English.
1.) Join an English speaking club. Improve English speaking by practice not memorization.
2.) Watch TED Videos and write down words that Native English Speakers pronounce differently than you.
3.) Use a thesauruas – learn word groups that have similar meaning.
4.) The biggest reason why you can’t speak English fluently and confidently is that your English teacher never lets you speak in English in class. Find a teacher who works more like a Conversation Partner.
5.) Avoid sticking to a text book as your main study method. In reality many native speakers do not speak like that. E.g. Most textbooks list idioms such as “It is raining cats and dogs” but Native Speakers hardly ever use this idiom when speaking English.
6.) Improve English speaking by increasing the different types of English language “input” you get on a daily basis. There are so many resources available online for ESL students, and for the most part these are free! Immersion is key, so pick resources that foster conversational and listening skills such as YouTube, NPR and various other news stations.
7.) Dive in! Don’t let the fear of mistakes hold you back! Making mistakes is how you learn. You can’t improve English speaking without making a few mistakes.
8.) Take advantage of every opportunity to speak with native English speakers. Continue to create opportunities to speak to native English speakers as much as possible, as they have with Spoken English Practice.
9.) Get corrections when you make mistakes but ask your teacher not to correct you all the time – you simply will not remember every correction, so it is better to develop confidence rather than worrying about mistakes.
10.) Remember, Learning English Speaking is like salsa dancing or biking. The best way to learn is by practicing, without thinking too much about rules.
11.) Don’t study phonetic charts. It is a complete waste of time. Instead, get your ear used to Native English Speakers.
12.) Once you have a vocabulary of about 200 words and know basic grammar structures, you need to start practicing with Native English speakers to get to the next level.
13.) Keep a note book and write down any idioms and slang y0u come across. Idioms and slang are usually the most confusing for English learners.
14.) Listen to audiobooks. It is a great way to improve English speaking naturally.
15.) Focus on real Spoken English, not role plays. Use real English from New York Times articles, Huffington Post articles etc.
16.) DO practice with a speaking partner as often as possible. Practice is the key to improve English speaking. This reinforces the language and makes it easier to move past basic English rules and into the world of conversation.
17.) Read in English out loud, this helps improve your pronunciation. If you have a child, read English books to them. It is a win-win.
18.) Immerse yourself in the language and the culture as much as possible. Books, music, and movies are not only enjoyable, they can be great help too!
19.) Learn to think in English. To become fluent in a language you must be able to think in that language so I associate some of your thoughts day to day in the English language. E.g. If you are cooking, go through your recipe in English.
20.) The key to improving English speaking is focusing on fluency, not grammar. When the emphasis in learning English is on grammar, students can become hesitant to speak with others in fear of making a grammatical mistake or mispronouncing a word. Stop worrying about grammar. Speak in English as much as you can.
21.) Practice as much as you can, ideally 3 times a week with a Native English Teacher.