Useful Tips for Improving Your English Speaking Skills

  • By ThiQuyen
  • March 18, 2021
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Many students master the finer points of English grammar but find themselves at a loss when it comes to actually have a conversation with native speakers. In reality, the only way to develop fluency in another language is through huge amounts of listening and speaking. The following are some useful tips for improving your English speaking skills.

Tips for Improving Your English Speaking Skills

1. Speak, speak, speak

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Let’s start right off by saying that there isn’t a magic pill for better speaking. That would be too easy, right? Basically, the best way to speak better is to, well – speak! Commit to practicing often and with as many different people as possible. Do you already live or study overseas? Take advantage of the thousands of native speakers in your immediate community, such as your friends, their families, your coworkers, classmates, employees at the coffee shops, supermarket, post-office, and other places you visit.

If you’re learning in your own country, increase your practice time by meeting your classmates after class, finding a language exchange partner, or joining an online community of learners.

2. Practice thinking in English

As a rule of thumb, the most important key to English fluency is the ability to think in English, so you need to practice to think in English as native speakers do. Here are some useful tips to help you improve this typical skill.

  • Stop the habit of translating between languages
  • Use an English to English dictionary to look up words
  • Try to think in English anywhere, anytime. A student shared with us that she usually walks in the park and trying to describe people around her in English by using as many adjectives as she can. You can do the same, or create your own method to practice thinking English whenever you have “free time” to think.

You’ll notice that when you think in English, it’s easier for you to speak in English.

3. Read English books and newspapers

 

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Reading English Books can open your mind to brilliant new worlds and take you to a new level of English language learning. The key to success is choosing the right book for you. If you do not know where to begin, you should find something that interests you.

Newspapers are also worth reading. Not only you can improve your English speaking but you’ll learn about what’s going on, which can be handy when talking with native speakers.

6. Watch English TV shows and movies

Watch TV shows or YouTube videos in English is another great way to help you – use them to improve your fluency. How will you do it?

  • Pick a short part of your favorite TV shows
  • Repeat what the speakers are saying line by line
  • Try to sound just like them (matching the tone, speed, and even the accent) – record yourself speaking if you can.
  • Imagine that you are trying to learn a new song in English and you want to sing as well as the singer.

It doesn’t matter if you miss a few words, the important thing is to keep speaking. By practicing this method many times, you will notice that your spoken English will sound more like a native.

If you’re tired of reading books, there’s nothing better than learning English through movies and film. This might be the most fun way to learn English. You should choose a film with English subtitles which allow you to check up on new words.

7. Record your conversation practice

 

A recording is a great way to get the maximum benefit from a conversation with a native speaker. When you listen again, you can evaluate your own pronunciation and notice areas where you need to improve. You can also review the content of the conversation, take notes on new vocabulary or misunderstandings, and prepare questions for the next meeting.

8. Prepare for specific situations and don’t be afraid of making mistakes

People learn English for many specific reasons. One learns English so he or she can get a job in an English-speaking company. In that case, they should focus on practicing English for an interview. The others might just want to learn English so they can make more friends in America. Then they would need a different kind of English. So the point here is to focus on your purpose of learning English, you will find the suitable preparation methods for your spoken English.

 

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