Would you like to speak English fluently, like a native speaker? Well, below are our top picks on the proven ways to improve spoken English.
Speak some English daily. There is no secret ingredient to English fluency. Just speak it! This is all you have to do to learn any new language. It is a proven technique that speaking English is the fastest way to master it, doesn’t matter how strong is vocabulary and grammar.
- Don’t be shy and put a fake circle around you saying, “I will not speak English until I reach such and such level of fluency.” No, this is not going to help you it will delay your progress. The best time to start speaking is today, now!
Make mistakes, you will improve. Step out of your procrastinating comfort zone and face it today, rather than tomorrow. You’ll be happy to see your quick improvement.
- Another classic way is to offer someone a language exchange. You find a native English speaker and agree to him that you will speak 30 minutes in English to him and he will speak to you 30 minutes in your language.
- If you get a chance to visit an English-speaking country or if you are already living in one, try to start a conversation with the new people you would come across. Even if it is as simple as a greeting or a ‘Hi’.
Improve your pronunciation. Pronunciation is an important part of the language. Because even if you master the grammar and memorize an extensive vocabulary, if you don’t sound correct, then your language skills are pointless. The purpose of any language is to communicate your thoughts, so you need to pronounce it right, so the listener can understand what you say.
- Copy the native speakers! Yes, just listen to them carefully, how they pronounce and how they sound and try to imitate them, you will eventually get it right.
- You should practise extra for any sounds that you are not familiar in your native language. For example, some languages do not have certain sounds like “r” or “th” but the native speakers of these languages try to learn English that uses “r” or “th” sound, they would find it difficult. But with regular practise you should be able to get the sound right. Focus on them!
- In addition to focusing on particular sounds, you should also remember that English has different widely spoken accents, which differs slightly in how they sound. Examples: British and American Accents. So you can choose any one accent of your interest and work on its sounds.
- If you are in doubt or find it difficult to understand how a word sound, make use of Google. Google helps you in a lot of ways of understanding a word’s pronunciation and meaning.
Increase vocabulary and try using idiomatic phrases. The next step is that you should focus on increasing your arsenal of vocabulary. Along with that, you should try using the idiomatic phrases, because it is the idioms and phrases that will make you sound more native.
- One way is to listen to English speakers on radio, TV etc. And you will start to pick local common vocabulary and the tricky idiomatic phrases and its uses. You can use a separate notebook to write down common idiomatic phrases that the native English speakers use around you, so you can practise them and memorise.
- Remember to practise the new words you learned, to remember your words!
Join a discussion group or English Class. If you find it difficult to find native speakers to have a conversation now and then, then joining a discussion group or English class is a better idea.
- Joining a discussion group is an informal setting where the focus is on communication naturally with the group of native speakers and other students.
- Attending an English class is a formal setting, where you will learn to speak English correctly and this structured learning has its benefits.
Get a dictionary. There is no alternative to a good dictionary. We recommend you to invest in authoritative dictionaries such as OALD of Oxford Publications, either a book or an app.
- Dictionary comes in handy when you want to look up a word that you don’t understand, saving you from the embarrassment of asking the meaning to the speaker.
- It will help you to study new words when you are free like while commuting or waiting for your train.