Unique Ways to Practice Speaking English

December 18, 2020

1. Talk to Yourself

First things first, you are going to need to get used to talking to yourself.
No, this will not make you crazy! In fact, you will probably find you feel more comfortable trying out new English words and phrases alone before you try them out in conversation with someone else.

When you find yourself alone in your home or dorm, talk aloud about what you are doing, such as describing the meal you are cooking.

2. Listen to Yourself

If you do not have anyone to practice English conversations, look for English language apps that have a recording tool.
Use the recorder to record yourself speaking English and then listen to it.

Do you sound like the English speaker you are repeating?
Take note of what sounds and words you are struggling with and practice speaking them aloud into the recorder.

3. Read Along with Subtitles

Whenever possible, you should use subtitles.

While subtitles also help you learn how to read in English, you can also use the subtitles to practice reading aloud. When you read aloud, you are speaking.

4. Imitate What You Hear on TV

Find some television shows or movies that you enjoy watching.

After watching, imitate the way the characters speak English.

As you will come to learn, the tone affects the meaning in English conversation. By paying attention to the character’s tone and body language, you will have a better understanding of how to communicate in real life.

5. Use Video Messaging to Practice Speaking

If you have friends or family members who speak English and live abroad, you should take advantage of the many video messaging tools, such as Skype and Facetime, to practice speaking. In situations with friends and family, you will need to explain that you want to speak in English because they may assume you feel more comfortable speaking your native language.

6. Speak in English to a Virtual Assistant

Set up any virtual assistant tools you use (such as Siri, Google, or Amazon Alexa) to speak in English. Not only will the virtual assistant speak in English, but you must also speak English to get a response.

Additionally, this is a great way to improve enunciation.


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