In the last post we looked at how to improve spoken English by watching TV and movies. Now let’s look at a totally different idea.
How To Improve Spoken English, Part 2- Say What You’re Thinking
How can I improve my English? One of the biggest problems with language learning is that students tend to try and learn a word/expression/grammar point etc. just once, and then they expect it to be there for them whenever they need to remember it. As we know from watching children, words and phrases only become natural and easy when we use them all the time. So we need to approach English the same way as we did our first language.
How to speak in English every day: It is difficult to get English practice if you are not surrounded by English speakers. Well, I have a great tip for you. Start thinking about what you are doing, but do it in English. So, when you wake up in the morning, think to yourself in English:
“I need to get out of bed.”
“I need to brush my teeth.”
“I am going to eat cereal for breakfast.”
“I have to go to work.”
“I will take the subway to my office.”
Do this throughout your day. Keep thinking in English. And say it out loud! Don’t worry about people thinking you are crazy. Just keep talking in English. The more you say, the more you practise, and the easier it will be.
How to speak English fluently
Of course, there might be a problem. What if you don’t know the right expression? What if you don’t know how to describe what you are doing in English? Well, find out the right way! There are so many English resources on the web which can put you in touch with native English speakers. In fact, feel free to send me an email if you want me to correct or check an expression for you. And once you know the right expression, start saying it again and again and again, every day. Pretty soon it will become so eay to use that expression that you won’t even need to think about it.
I know this technique works as I used it when I was learning Korean. Everywhere I went, I said to myself what I was doing, and this made the words so well memorised. You can do it too.
How to improve English speaking without really trying: Read car license plates and say them out loud, in English. This is a great way to practice saying numbers, hundreds of times every day. This made me so comfortable with saying Korean numbers, and can give you a lot of confidence with English numbers.
It doesn’t matter if you have noone to speak English with. Just get your brain working and your mouth moving, and practise your English. You will be amazed at how quickly you can make progress with this technique.
Grammar in English is one of the biggest stumbling blocks for students. So check out our next lesson: How To Improve Spoken English, Part 3- Get Your Grammar Going!