Are you frustrated to speak English? Is there any time your mind suddenly goes blank when you speak to foreigners? And you want to improve your speaking but do not know where to start. If your answers are Yes, you are just like many people who have learnt English for many years yet still find it hard to speak English fluently and communicate confidently with native speakers.
Although millions of people around the world do want to improve their English speaking skills, only a few of them know how to achieve that goal. Here are some tips shared by some excellent English speakers you may find useful.
“If you are already have an English basic, it will take you six months or less to speak English fluently as long as you practice regularly at least 30 minutes a day. In addition, you should watch any English channels you like to boost your speaking skill. And if you are taking an exam and you don’t know a word, think of another way to say it or explain your ideas in a simpler way. For example, if you do not know the word ‘procrastinate’, you could use the word “ postpone” or “delay” instead so that you may not lose your point of fluency” said Dinh Thi Hong Ngoc, one of the best K38 students at our school. She can speak English quite well without any hesitation in her conversations.
Another excellent English speaker is Nguyen Van Hung, a K37 student. From his perspective, “if you want to get better at speaking you should: First, Watch as many videos in English as you can . Second, Read out loud words, phrases and sentences from books, newspapers and magazines,etc and you should record your own voice so that you can check your pronunciation, intonation, grammar and accent. Third, Learn by heart any English paragraphs which you like or which contain many useful structures, phrases or important new words. They can be your conversations from speaking homework, paragraphs in text book or from any English source you have found. Forth, Improve your knowledge and skills by asking your school fellows and teachers about their experiences. Finally, Try to make use all of your chances to speak to foreigners, your teachers and your friends.”
In terms of pronunciation, you need to spell words correctly. Therefore, when you come across a new word, you should look up the word in the dictionary for not only the meaning of the word but also how to pronounce it. You should remember that the final sound is very important. You mustn’t drop the final sound because it makes other people confused about what words you are saying. Also, you should be aware of the intonation when you speak. Your voices should go up or down and you need to stress the important words (or content words) when speaking the whole sentence so that you can speak faster and more smoothly and make listeners easy to follow. There are a variety of TV programs, websites and channels for you to choose such as TV shows, Youtube, Disney channel and so on. CNN and BBC channels are two great speaking and listening sources in which you can not only improve your speaking but also timely update breaking news around the globe.
These are some common tips shared by a number of interviewees. They are all of the opinion of practicing everyday to work on your pronunciation, intonation and fluency. They also share some good speaking sources for you to learn.
http://studymovie.net/ : you can enjoy watching films as you study. You would have much more fun when studying.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/witn/ep-150708 : For those who want to learn new words in a much easier way, this website is probably a good choice.
https://vi.englishcentral.com/videos#/browse-app?difficulty=ADVANCED&browseType=video&goal=8 : This website help you to work on your pronunciation.
Also you can join FSL English tutor club to learn how to improve pronunciation or CEC club to practice speaking with other students.
In conclusion, Speaking English requires a lot of practice and constant work. We hope the tips above could help you to be more confident when speaking English.
Remember “Practice makes perfect”.
By Nguyet Thieu