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!