Today I’d like to talk to you about a big question everyone wants an answer to. How can I improve my spoken English? So many students ask me about how to speak English more fluently. But there isn’t really one right answer. There are so many things you can do to improve your English speaking ability.
I will explore three great ways to get better at English speaking whilst also enjoying yourself. The first one is through TV and movies.
How To Improve Spoken English, Part 1- TV and Movies
“How can I speak English like a native speaker?” If you want to know how to improve spoken English naturally and effectively, think about what fun activities you can do. One of the best is to find English language TV programs and movies that you like. There is an entire world of English TV and movies out there, and whatever you like you will find things you enjoy watching. I love watching comedies, so when I was studying Korean I tried to watch a lot of Korean comedy movies and TV shows. Even though I didn’t understand half of what was being said, just listening to the conversations and the natural expressions at their natural speed helped train my ear for recognising certain words and phrases. It is the same for you studying English. Find a good TV show or a popular movie, and watch it. But watch it a few times, gradually getting more and more used to the voices and accents. The more you watch, the more comfortable you will get at listening and understanding.
How to improve English pronunciation- Watching TV and movies is excellent for giving you natural pronunciation and learning how to emphasise words naturally. There is nothing worse than being a robotic English speaker. If you can learn the right ways to emphasise words in certain situations, you will be able to improve your speaking quickly. TV and movies are a great place to get exposed to the way people really talk.
If you really want to know how to improve spoken English without too much work, consider the following. When you watch movies or TV shows, you hear how English is really spoken in everyday life. It’s good to learn from textbooks, but English grammar in use is actually pretty tricky to figure out and you will find it easier to make sentences quickly if you train your brain by listening to other people talking.
I would highly recommend that you try to watch a diverse selection of shows and movies, from a few different countries. At the very least, try not to just watch things from the United States. The reason for this isn’t just that I am a proud Englishman, it is actually because many students only learn one English accent and then struggle when they hear another. The other day a student wrote to me and let me know that she struggled to understand my accent on this site. If you can only understand an American accent, you will have difficulty when you speak to people from many English-speaking countries like Australia, South Africa or the U.K. For your own good, please become familiar with lots of different English accents. There are so many!
The most important thing is to enjoy the movies or shows you are watching. That way, you will come back for more and keep improving your spoken English.