5 Ways to Improve Your English Speaking Skills – Fast
One of the most common questions English language learners ask is “How can I improve my speaking?” While you might know the written language well, you may find themselves struggling to speak it.
This is a very common problem!
Well here are 5 proven ways you can improve your English speaking skills. While these tips may seem basic, we assure you they work and that you’ll see results fast.
1. Speak English on a Daily Basis
While studying English in a classroom is important, it isn’t enough to improve your speaking skills. You have to actually speak English – regularly. Do you have a friend who speaks English you can practice with? No? Don’t worry there are several FREE platforms you can use to meet native English speakers and practice speaking with: Find a Native Speaker to Practice With.
2. Fake It Until You Make It
This might sound surprising, but one of the best ways to become a natural English speaker is by imitating English speakers. You can do this by repeating, like a parrot, what English speakers say or by speaking your own language (Yes your own language) with an English accent. The purpose is not so much to understand what you’re saying but to teach your mouth and facial muscles new positions related to the language you’re learning.
3. Listen to English thru Music, Movies, or TV
Listen a lot!!! Television shows are one of the best ways to get started. Listen to the pronunciations of words and in what context they’re used. If you come across new words, look up their meaning online. You don’t have to understand every word spoken. Just be on the lookout for commonly used words and phrases. A good tip is to watch things on the internet or on DVD so you can pause, slowdown, or playback the audio as you like.
4. Keep a “Fluency Notebook”
Whenever you come across new words or phrases, look up their meaning and write them down in a notebook. You can also include additional notes such as how to pronounce them and when they’re used in daily life. Periodically review your notebook — like every day or two. (Regular review is essential!)
5. Read A Lot
You might not know this but good readers make for good speakers. Reading in English teaches you to think in English. When you become a better English reader, you learn to think faster in English and speaking becomes easier and faster as a result. Try audio books – that way you get the benefit of reading and listening.