Everyone nowadays, wants to improve the Spoken English skills, as it has become a necessity because it is a global language and is accepted and supported everywhere including India. Students who desire to study abroad or settle there cannot ignore the fact that Spoken English skills are the backbone of studying abroad. Also to survive in this competitive world one should know the international language that is English.
English is a global language and is accepted and supported everywhere including India. Speaking in English makes a person looks more confident as this kind of interaction adds to our personality quite positively. Being unsure about speaking proper English basically leads to low confidence and makes a person feels like he will not be able to put up an impression that he wants. Here are some of the tips and tricks that will help you overcome the fear of being bad in English and become more confident.
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Tips for Speaking
Be natural while speaking
Try to be natural while speaking do not try to copy any one
Be confident and speak as often as possible to as many people as you possibly can! Do not be shy to make mistakes! When you do mistakes you will definitely improve. The more you practice the better and more confident you will become and you become more confident. Remember, speaking is a skill like learning other activities like musical instrument or new sport.
Listen to news and songs in English .Listen carefully the pronunciation of words. You can also learn new words and expressions this way.
Always try to Read out loud
Read the newspaper or a magazine out to yourself. This is a great way to practise pronunciation because you only need to concentrate on making sure you English sounds great and don’t need to worry about sentence structure or grammar.
Do learn a new word every day
Choose a word you would like to work on and use practice it in different sentences. Use the word until you have learnt it and keep using it regularly.
Watch movies in English and pay attention to new vocabulary and pronunciation. Imitate the actors and have fun with it.
Make friends who is English speaker
Make friends with English speakers or others learning to speak English and compare notes. Talk about things that you have learnt and exchange ideas.
Talk to Yourself daily
Whenever you’re at home (or alone somewhere else) you can improve English speaking with your favourite person: yourself.
Use a Mirror to help you
Take a few minutes out of your day to stand in front of the mirror and speak whenever you can. Choose a topic, set a timer for two or three minutes and just talk.
Focus on Fluency Not Grammar
When you speak in English, how often do you stop?
The more you stop, the less confident you sound and the less comfortable you become. Try the mirror exercise above, but challenge yourself to speak without stopping or stammering (taking pauses between your words) the entire time.
This might mean that your sentences won’t be grammatically perfect, and that’s okay! If you focus on speaking fluently instead of correctly, you’ll still be understood and you’ll sound better. You can fill in the correct grammar and word rules as you learn them better.
Prepare for Specific Situations
Are you learning English speaking for a specific reason? For example, are you learning English so you can get a job in an English-speaking company? In that case, practice English that will help you in an interview.Are you learning English so you can make friends in America? Then you would need a different kind of English.
Before you go to a place where you have to speak English, you can practice what you might have to say. If you’re preparing to go to a restaurant, what might conversations in a restaurant sound like? Answer the questions a waiter might ask you. Try talking about food and menus.
You’ll feel more confident if you’re prepared!
In English, Do interesting activities
Take a cooking course in English or join a book club! Anything you enjoy doing, make sure you do it and communicate it in English. Using English to talk about things you enjoy will make practising a positive experience.
Have a debate in English
Debate all the topics that interest you with friends in English. Try to use as much vocabulary as you can to get your point across and listen to the other arguments carefully so you can argue against them effectively. This will help to increase fluency.
Use a dictionary
Online dictionaries often have audio examples so you can check your pronunciation and there are lots of great dictionary apps that you can take everywhere with you on your gadgets. Make sure not to become too reliant on these tools
To speak English well, you need to be able to do several things at the same time: know (and choose) suitable vocabulary, use the right grammar and sentence patterns, and produce the correct sounds, stress patterns, rhythm and intonation. Work on these individual elements separately then practise putting them together to make your speech more accurate and fluent.
A conversation is an interaction with another person, and involves listening as well as talking. Check that the other person is following, by using conversation strategies like emphasizing key words, rephrasing, or using expressions like ‘You know what I mean?’ or ‘Don’t you agree?’ Give the other person a chance to speak and use their answers and to help you think about what to say next.
Use your body
Non-verbal communication is very important for effective speaking, even for native English speakers. Use gestures, body language and facial expressions for explanation or emphasis, and try to read other person’s body language . Think about your posture, too – the way you stand or sit can make the difference between seeming bored or interested in what your conversation partner is saying.
Music is a great way to improve speaking skills, practice the rhythm of the language and learn some useful expressions. On the internet, look up the lyrics (song words) of your favourite English song and then practicing singing aloud. If you’re shy, sing at home alone.
You need the right attitude to improve your English. Look for every opportunity to practice speaking, like talking to people at parties, approaching a foreigner who looks lost, or just putting up your hand when your teacher asks a question. Remember, every mistake is an opportunity to learn, so don’t be afraid of making some slips from time to time.
Think in English
This is a great way to improve your spoken English, and you can do it anywhere, anytime without any kind of hesitation. At home, you can talk to yourself while doing everyday tasks like preparing a meal. If you are on the train or bus, then describe the people around you (in your head, not aloud!), and when you go to sleep, go over the day’s events in English.
Record yourself speaking
Even though you might not like hearing your own voice, this is a very useful way to find out what’s wrong with your spoken English. It is better if flaws ( mistakes) are corrected more by the person who done the mistaken, Record your speaking and then listen to the tape, or ask a native speaker for some advice. Look for positive things, too. Make a note of all the things you do well when you speak English. If you are ever feeling unmotivated, always try look at the things you do well to feel great about speaking English again.