how to speak fluent english
Listen: The more you hear, the easier it will be for you to use new key expressions and words in an English conversation.
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes: Your goal is to deliver a message, not perfect grammar and vocabulary. Even native English speakers make mistakes!
The more you listen to this authentic English, the better you will understand how to speak English naturally.
Does he…. Yes, he does.
- Choose ONE national branch of English
There can be significant differences between British and American English in terms of vocabulary, pronunciation, and even grammar. Confusion often arises when learners mix different types of English together when speaking and writing the language. To avoid this, consider which national variety of English you prefer (or which suits your needs best) and make this the starting point for selecting a suitable model.
- Find a native model or tutor to guide your learning
Having your own native English tutor can be a great way of ensuring regular speaking practice and error correction. This tutor can act as your native model and point of reference, as well as boosting your motivation and interest in the language. You could also choose a model like a BBC newsreader, Youtube star or famous celebrity if you have access to enough video and audio material. This person should be a native speaker with Standard English, but also someone you like and perhaps admire.
- Try the “shadowing” method!
Start by finding a short piece of audio or video clip by a native English speaker – this could be a 30-60 second passage from an audiobook or a very short comedy sketch from Youtube. Listen or watch this several times until you are familiar with it and clear on its meaning. Pay attention to how the speaker uses intonation, emphasis and pauses. Perhaps make some notes on paper and transcribe the passage so you have a visual text to work from too. Now try to “shadow” the speaker by repeating the passage in exactly the same manner and with the same pronunciation. You may like to record yourself doing this so you can then compare your version against the original to see where you can improve further at the next attempt.
In order to speak fluent English, you need a correct model to follow and this should be representative of the modern language as it is spoken today. Even if you live outside a majority English speaking country, the internet still provides fantastic access to learning opportunities: news websites, forums, social networks, Skype tutors, study websites, etc. There is no excuse for using outdated textbooks or focusing on material that does not reflect how natives speak the language today. However, there is still a place for literature and older work as long as you are able to distinguish between current versus outdated forms and make appropriate choices when speaking.
- Do you speak with a lot of pauses and hesitations ?
- Do you have difficultyexpressing your ideas in English?
- Do you mentally translate from your native language to English… but the sentences come out incorrect or unnatural when you speak?
- I’m eating a sandwich.
- My friend is drinking soda.
- This restaurant is very good.
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