The number one question I get from English learners is:
“How can I improve my English speaking skills?”
In this video, I give advice on how you can do this. And then in the article below, I expand on the video and give you more resources.
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How to Improve Your English Speaking Skills
As I said in the video, working on your general English is going to help your English speaking. For example, the more vocabulary and phrases you know, the more variety you will have in your English.
There are two main ways that you can improve your English speaking:
- Natural practice
- Focused learning
Getting natural practice just means having conversations with other people in English. This helps you get the English speaking practice you need, in addition to getting natural input. Many learners forget that listening to natural conversations is a powerful way to learn English.
The second way to improve your speaking is to do something that I call focused learning. This is doing specific things, on your own or with a teacher, to help you improve.
One example of this is to work on your pronunciation. It will make a massive difference if you can say the different sounds in English correctly, in addition to using the correct intonation, rhythm, and stress. As I mentioned, not enough learners spend enough time on their pronunciation.
A second example of focused learning is to mimic native speakers. Here is how to get started with this method:
- Find audio of native/proficient speakers
- Listen and repeat
It’s easy to find audio: tv shows, podcasts, interviews are three good examples.
To take it further, you can record your version, and then compare it to the original. Note: only will this help you make the changes you need to make to improve your pronunciation, but it will help you remember new words and phrases so that you can use them in natural conversation.
Using a combination of both natural and focused learning will help you improve your English speaking skills. What you focus on depends on your level and your weaknesses.
What to Do Now:
Answer the following question (in the comment section): How often do you speak English?