Basic spoken English in 7 easy steps? Yes, you heard me! Often students learning English in their own countries tend to concentrate on grammar rules and on acquiring new vocabulary, to the detriment of actually communicating effectively in the language. Although these elements are important, it is more important to be able to learn spoken, authentic English. This is after all what languages are for…to communicate with others! Below are 7 easy steps to help you master basic spoken English:
Learn Basic Spoken English with Practice, a Dictionary and Patience
Firstly, speak English every day. Find a friend, chat online or record yourself and before you know it, you’ll be babbling away with confidence!
Secondly, take note of new vocabulary in its correct contact. This is one of the most effective ways to learn new words as you will remember in what situation they can be used.
Thirdly, be patient. Talk slowly, think about your words and ask those who you are talking to, to be patient as well. Also, don’t be too hard on yourself if you’re not fluent immediately. Everybody learns at a different pace.
Learn Basic Spoken English by Listening to Others, Reading Aloud and by using Technology
Fourthly, listen to authentic English. You could do this by watching movies, television shows or listening to podcasts. Take note of any language that interests you and make sure to record it in its context.
Fifthly, read aloud to yourself. This is a great way to practice pronunciation in a safe, comfortable environment. If you’re not sure how to pronounce a word, use an online dictionary where you are able to hear the word spoken.
Sixthly, use technology. There are so many apps and programmes that you can use for free and on the move. Sitting on the underground or on a bus is the perfect time to learn English!
Learn Basic Spoken English with Fun!
Lastly, have fun! I have written before about using memes and infographics, of making English-speaking friends and of enjoying the whole English-learning process. With fun comes enjoyment and success!
Learning basic spoken English is something that you can achieve and by following these 7 easy steps, you will be speaking English fluently in no time!