Saturday, November 24, 2012

How to speak in English (Learner's Experience)

Developing and constantly working on your English speaking skills will help you communicate more easily and effectively, and this is particularly important in today’s increasingly globalizing world. Here are some basic pointers on how to improve:

Practise wherever and whenever possible
. Practice is always helpful, whether it is with or without a native English speaker.

Be confident. Do not live beyond your means, i.e. stay within your comfort zone when speaking English. Use short, simple sentences and get your point across confidently.
Utilise your vocabulary. If you have learnt a new word, use it. Try to use it in different situations, and do not worry about whether it makes sense. Everyone makes mistakes; you are more likely to learn the correct usage if you make a mistake that is pointed out by a native speaker.
Don’t translate. This takes time, hinders fluency and makes you look uncomfortable.
Don't hurry! When speaking any language, a natural rhythm is important. But try not to rush through your words; it makes it difficult for others to understand you.
To conclude:
  • Don’t be shy about speaking in English. Speak to as many people as you can.
  • Importantly, be polite. Remember the magic words (‘please’ and ‘thank you’), and use them liberally.

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