ways to improve English speaking

3 quick ways to improve your spoken English!

I get a lot of emails asking me for ‘ways to improve English speaking’ so I’d like to suggest 3 really quick, easy things you can do to practise speaking English, even if you don’t have any English people to practise with!

When you are learning a language, it’s easy to get into the habit of thinking that you need to have lots of time to sit down and practise properly, and you think you need a notepad and a partner to practise with and a dictionary, etc, etc. Yes, all that stuff is great but if you only have a few minutes to spare, you can still practise a bit to keep the momentum going – Do you know what I mean?! So here are 3 things you can do right now IN YOUR OWN HOME, BY YOURSELF, WITHOUT A DICTIONARY OR A FRIEND! Easy peasy, hey!

1) Talk to yourself

Sounds strange I know but it’s such a simple way to practise when you’re alone – Don’t do it on the bus or people might think you’ve gone crazy 😉 You can walk around your house chatting or, if you prefer, watch yourself in the mirror and imagine you are speaking to a friend. Just talk about what you are doing in that moment.

I’m hungry. I think I’ll make myself a sandwich. I don’t think I’ll go out tonight, I feel like staying in and watching a film. I hope Sebastian rings me tonight, I really want to talk to him about that problem at work.”

2) Sing along to an English song

Choose your favourite English song on YouTube, pop the subtitles on and sing along. Can’t think of a song? Here’s one of my favourites: A song to practise English with! Songs are a really great way to improve your English in general and your pronunciation.

3) Record yourself

We’ve all got a record function on our mobile phones these days. Think of a topic (your job, your best friend, your favourite meal) and then press record and talk for 1 minute on that topic. Don’t worry about your mistakes for now, just work on your fluency. Listen to it – How is your pronunciation? Did you make lots of grammar mistakes? Could you use better vocabulary? Try again. The more often you do this, the better your speech will get. I promise!

What do you think of these ways to improve English speaking? Will you try any of them? Scroll down and leave me a comment please…..I’d love to hear your thoughts!


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Nicki is a Cambridge qualified, experienced English teacher for foreign learners. She loves helping English learners to learn real English and communicate with confidence!

12 thoughts on “3 quick ways to improve your spoken English!

  1. That’s exactly what I keep telling my students. Good to know there is someone else thinking the same!

    1. Yes Ursula! We need to keep spreading the word then 🙂 Thanks for the feedback!

  2. Thank you so much, this advice are very useful

    1. Brilliant Niranjit – I’m so glad it was helpful for you! Thank you for your comment 🙂

  3. thank you Nikki . i guess that are the best ways to improve our English speaking and get more confidence to speak English fluency

    with regards

    1. Yes, and they are quick and easy methods too! I hope they work for you Farah. Thank you for your comments 🙂

  4. I find these methods more realistic. I would like to try it regularly.

    1. Fantastic Drukpa! I hope you will keep your motivation and do it, I promise it will make a difference 🙂

  5. These are good ways, I agree with you. I use second way and I like listen to music.

    1. That’s great Nomin. Music is such a good way to improve your listening and can really help with pronunciation too, plus expands your vocabulary. I’m happy that you see the benefits 🙂

  6. It is good method to improve English speaking,I agree with you,Thank you.

    1. Thank you Krueyok. I’m so glad you like these methods – I hope you are using them regularly 😉

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