It can be a huge challenge, trying to learn to speak English, and one that some people find more difficult than others. But the most important thing is to keep trying, because it’s only through the act of practice that your skills will begin to improve.
The following are some handy tips that will help you in your quest to learn to speak English. They are designed to be small and easily followed steps that you can use on a daily basis.
- Use the power of television. Game shows are a good way to improve your listening and language skills. The questions used are often flashed up on the screen, so not only do you get to hear the words, but you can read them at the same time. Plus the language being used on game shows is fairly repetitive, as well as not being too complicated for the novice English speaker to understand.
- Subtitles are helpful. If you can find a film or programme that’s in English but is subtitled into your own language, this can be a good way of boosting your vocabulary. Try to just listen and understand, but if you get really stuck then the translation is right there for you to read.
- Talk to native English speakers. When you’re learning English the very best people to learn from are those for whom English is their mother tongue. Even if they speak your language, ask them if you can talk English rather than lapsing back into what would be an easier method of communication.
- Face to face is better than the telephone. Holding a conversation on the phone is one thing that’s sure to strike fear into the heart of those who are trying to learn to speak English. But as your skills improve you’ll find that gradually this will become less of a daunting task.
- Ask people to slow down when they’re talking to you. Let’s face it, most people speak their own language at top speed. This means that words tend to merge into one another, making them difficult to understand. Asking someone to talk slowly is a way of giving you a better chance of being able to understand them.
- Join a club or association. That way you’ll be forced to speak English, and you’ll have some common ground to talk about. Plus, the fact that you’re making the effort to learn to speak English will make your fellow members even more likely to rally around and try to help you improve your skills.
- Read the news on a daily basis. Sure, you might not understand everything that’s in the papers, but the more you look at them, the more you’ll learn. Try to pick a newspaper that has a more basic vocabulary – such as the tabloid papers. Once you get to grips with the language used in these you can move onto the broadsheets if you wish.
These are just a few tips that you can implement in your mission to learn to speak English. Just remember to keep speaking English each day, and you’ll be surprised at how quickly your skills improve.