How to improve English speaking is a question I hear a lot. There is so much to learning a language. But let’s be honest, the main reason we learn a language is to be able to speak it. We want to be able to speak to other people. Engaging with cultures we couldn’t engage with before is another reason. At the same time meeting new people is important. And obviously we want to speak.
So, how do you go about improving this, most important, facet of the language? Read on and find out.
How to Improve English Speaking with PRactice
You need to practise. Without practice the skill is nothing more than a beautiful idea. Turn to the nearest person and just say something in English. If they respond then you are in the right place. If they think you are crazy and don’t understand a word, then you are in the wrong place. I often mention that you need to travel in order to practise. While I still maintain that traveling to an English speaking country is by far the best way to improve your English, there are other ways.
How to Improve English Speaking Online
There are millions of apps to help you improve your speaking. My favourite is still duolingo and they have recently added a flashcard app to make practising with yourself even more exciting and challenging.
How to Improve English speaking alone
Is it possible to improve your English speaking on your own? Seems strange but it is possible. Of course you will still have to practise with real people and in real situations but sometimes your options are limited. Check this blog post for some fixed phrases. Read on when you’re finished with that.
I’m sure you own a mirror. They are great for seeing yourself do something in private. This will help you to see what you look like when you speak. And it will help you to really articulate your words. Lastly you will develop a strong understanding of how pronunciation works. Do this by looking at the movement of the mouth, jaw and face muscles as you speak. And you can practise those fixed phrases you learned just now.