Are you someone who can read and write well in English but cannot speak fluently? In this article we are going to discuss 17 innovative ways you can improve English Speaking in a very short time.
Our Spoken English courses don’t teach textbook English because textbook English is not spoken by real Native English speakers on the “streets”. We teach real English which is full of slang expressions, idioms and phrasal verbs.
Remember, improving English speaking is not like learning History or Biology. You can’t learn English speaking by learning theory.
You have to practice with Native English speakers frequently and learn how to speak naturally without mental translations.
This is how people who move to English speaking countries improve English so fast. They “talk” with Native English speakers.
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Before we dive in to the 17 ways to improve Spoken English, I want to discuss with you 3 reasons why traditional English courses don’t make you fluent in English.
Traditional English courses try to “teach” you grammar.
Instead our method will make you “feel” the correct grammar, like native do
You will intuitively feel what correct grammar is…
Traditional English courses don’t give you much opportunities to practice speaking. This is a huge problem.
At Spoken English Practice, students speak 70% during class.
The only way to improve speaking is by speaking
Traditional English courses are very boring. You memorize. You repeat.
This is not a good way to learn ANYTHING, specially a language.
Our method is 100% conversation based. You talk about politics, stock market, technology etc (If you are a child, you talk about pets, cartoons, sports etc)
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17 ways to Improve English Speaking in a short time (Most of these are Free)
1.) Learn Real Conversational English, rather than the “proper” or book-taught language. Native speakers do not speak textbook English. They use a lot of idioms, slang and figures of speech when they speak.
2.) Use TED talks or Podcasts to listen to English regularly. Turn on the subtitles if you feel it is necessary and listen as much as you can. You must be able to understand English when spoken to be able to speak back.
Here is a sample TED talk we have used for teaching English:
3.) Keep a diary in English. Learn to express ideas in English. You brain needs to learn to “think” in English, not your native language.
4.) Avoid studying things such the international phonetic alphabet (IPA). Learn pronunciation through the “ear”.
No one ever improves pronunciation and accent by watching someone else’s shape of the mouth! You improve English speaking by speaking, not watching.
5.) Learn as much Colloquialisms and Idioms as possible.
Colloquialisms and Idioms vary a lot depending on whether you are learning British English or American English. We have a lot of good posts covering both styles of English in this blog.
6.) Never memorize vocabulary. Rather learn how to actively absorb new words.
7.) Build on your vocabulary gradually, beginning egocentrically. That is, begin with words needed to communicate basic needs and wants. Then build your vocabulary outward, ultimately realizing the ability to express abstract thoughts and ideas.
8.) Never memorize grammar rules. This is a complete waste of time.
Note: You don’t have to pay anyone to teach you grammar. If you want to brush up your basic grammar skills, find a free eBook like our “How to Improve English Speaking in 7 Days Course”.
Free eBook – How to Improve English Speaking in 7 Days
This Free 32 page eBook is based on our Conversational English study method.
This free eBook covers some of the most important aspects of learning Spoken English like idioms, essential grammar rules, slang, phrasal verbs, tongue twisters etc.
This is NOT a traditional textbook. We don’t waste your time teaching theory that is never used when speaking This is 100% Real World English that you can use in daily conversations, job interviews, sale pitches etc.
Outline of the eBook:
The Science behind improving English Speaking
15 Idioms make you sound like a Native Speaker
Essential Slang: 22 Commonly used Slag words you must know
Improve Pronunciation with these 12 Tongue Twisters
Speak more naturally using Phrasal Verbs
7 Advanced Grammar Concepts that confuse even Native Speakers!
55 Conversational Practice Topics
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9.) The best way to improve English speaking is by practicing real conversational English with native teachers. Sign up for a trial lesson.
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10.) Most Native English speakers don’t know 80% of grammar rules. You don’t need grammar to speak English.
11.) Pick an English speaking course that focuses on oral English, not writing or grammar.
12.) Join an English speaking club on Skype or Google hangouts. Practice daily.
13.) Read good English articles from websites such as the New York times or the Washington post. You can pick articles that are close to your profession. For example, if you are an aspiring finance manager, you can find posts about stock markets and mortgage rates.
14.) Read out loud and compare the recording to native English speakers. You will understand where the gaps are. Also, hearing your own voice talking in English will make you feel more confident.
15.) Do not be nervous about wrong sentence structure or getting stuck while speaking. The more you practice the easier it gets, AND you will only improve English speaking by practice. Remember, learning to speak English is ALL about practice.
16.) Most English learners need most help with fluency. They often know a lot of grammar and have good reading and writing skills from their lessons at school but have often not had the opportunity to practice speaking as much as they would like. Use a service such as www.SpokenEnglishPractice.com to improve English speaking skills.
17.) Learn a new word a day and use it in real conversations. You need to build an active vocabulary.
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