The English language plays a crucial role now more than ever. From interviews to converting more global leads to customers, many companies rely on English as a common medium of communication. In this globalized world, products and services are exchanged among countries that use English to communicate with one another.
It is absolutely necessary to improve your English speaking skills to climb your career or academic ladder. But most do not know the effective ways to learn the language, and so they keep postponing the process.
So, in this blog, we are going to list a few ways to help you improve your English vocabulary and speaking skills.
Here are the 15 Tips on How to Improve Your English Speaking Skills
1. No Magic; Just Speak
Speaking makes you get comfortable with the English language. Grab the chance to speak in English whenever you get one. Never hesitate. Hesitation is never a good sign for someone who wants to improve their Language Skills. Throw it away and start speaking.
2. Work on Your Vocabulary
Learn five new words every day. Write it, find the meaning and usage and practise it the entire day. Create the context to use the words you learned that day. If you are not certain which words to learn, read an article from an English Newspaper and choose the words that you do not know the meanings of.
3. Read Books to Practice Reading
Books teach you a lot of new words to help you build your vocabulary. On the other hand, it also helps to practice reading English. Read the sentences aloud to practice the natural flow of the language. Watch yourself read, record it and compare it with natural English sentences you hear in English movies or online.
4. Watch English Movies
Movies give us a lot of slang words. But pick only the phrases and idioms that they use, definitely not the bad words (No kidding!) Repeat the sentences after them with the same intonation. That helps you speak like a native speaker.
5. Always Have a Pocket Dictionary
Wherever you go, have a pocket dictionary near you. That might help you learn a few words instantly. While reading a book, attending a lecture, participating in a business conference, etc. At some places, you can’t use it immediately but you can use it later, perhaps once you come out of the meeting.
6. Learn the pronunciation of Words
Whenever you learn a new word, never forget to check its pronunciation too. If you don’t pronounce it correctly, the listener might not understand you well. Just Google the pronunciation, be it Indian or UK or US, or you can just use the online dictionary which contains an audio symbol (pronunciation) right next to the word you are looking for.
7. Enroll in a Trainer’s Course
Find the best English trainer with genuine reviews online and enroll yourself in the course. You will learn the natural flow of sentences, and also you will get a chance to learn from the speaker. All your doubts, just clear them with her.
8. Use Technology as much as You Can
Download the language applications on your mobile and learn from them. Games like word builders also help to improve your vocabulary. Focus on apps that connect you with a foreign native speaker so that you can have great conversations or get yourself into an online community that serves this purpose.
9. Your Mobile Assistants Help a Lot!
You already have a bot friend with you to help you out. Siri or Alexa. Chat with them and learn more about how to chat in English. You will have to form sentences in the right way to get your idea across clearly. Here, you can implement all that you have learnt and see if you are doing it well.
10. You do not Always Need a Friend
What if you don’t have a partner to practise with, are you going to stop? No, you should not. Start speaking to yourself. When is your brain too active? Morning or evening? Find the time, stand in front of the mirror and start speaking. That way, you will gain confidence and your public speaking skill will develop too.
11. Podcasts or YouTube English Talks
Listen to English podcasts and YouTube channels like TED Talks and Josh Talks that have great speakers. You will learn a great deal about various things. Also, observing them teaches you public speaking, articulating your thoughts well and simple sentence formation.
12. Have a Journal
Think in English and write the day’s journey in English in your journal. That will help you improve your writing and work on your basic grammar. How basic grammar? Well, after a few days, if you don’t understand your own sentences, you will revisit your grammar or fill in the gaps where you go wrong.
13. Never Miss a Day!
Never ever take a break from practising. Then, you will have to start all over again. Even if you go on a vacation, how about choosing an English country? Or if it is a local place, just take twenty minutes of your time in 24 hours. Why? Because taking a break will make you keep postponing the process and eventually you will forget all your new vocabulary. Your months of hard work will be destroyed by just a few days of pleasure. This is not to instill fear but for you to be aware.
14. Learn Idioms!
Idioms make you sound more like a native fluent speaker. One idiom a day is 30 a month. Just try to include the popular ones while speaking. This is one great way to improve your English speaking skills.
15. Grab Every Opportunity
No matter what, when you come across a chance to speak in English, grab it and start speaking. It is time to throw away your hesitation and shine in the outside world. Check the level of your English speaking skills from your audience. Remember, rejection is a part of life.
Now, you have the top 15 ways to speak English. What are you waiting for? Start right away. Remove the word ‘postpone’ from your dictionary. Throw the fear away and improve your English speaking skills. It is going to get easy. If you have any thoughts to add, feel free to comment and do check out my website www.englishwithsutanu.com