Good news! Throw your text books out of the window, because you’re not gonna need them for any of our 6 great tips to help you improve your English speaking very quicky!
1. Think in English
Don’t create extra work for yourself by thinking in your own language first, then translating into English to speak. Next time you need to speak English, think in English. In no time at all, you will find thinking and speaking in English much easier.
2. Watch lots of movies
How great is that? Not just any movies, though! they must be in English (well, duh…). You probably watch tons of Hollywood movies already, so next time you grab a blockbuster, stick the English subtitles on, not the subtitles in your own language. Sorry! It’s for your own good, as my mother would say… At first you will probably think it’s a right royal pain, but practice. You will hear people speaking English naturally, and be able to follow with the subtitles. If you put on the subtitles in your own language, it will make you lazy, because you’ll just read along. Make a note of any words or phrases that you like, that make you laugh, that you don’t know, or that you don’t understand. You can research them later, or hit pause and grab a dictionary. Your vocabulary will increase quickly, and speaking English will be easier, because you will have heard it more naturally. Simple! When you have practiced this a lot, and you feel more confident, you can try turning the subtitles off completely.
3. Try to understand the ‘Bigger Picture’
When you listen to someone speaking English, do you try and understand every word they are saying? This can be sooooo confusing, and you WILL get left behind. When you finally understand, it’s too late! They’re talking about something else! Next time you’re in this situation, try and understand the ‘Bigger Picture’. What is the subject the person is talking about? How do they feel about it? Do they sound angry, sad, happy, excited, nervous? Listen to the sentences, rather than each word. Take small steps at first, and your understanding will increase. This is great if you want to improve at speaking English, because next time you’re part of a conversation in English, you will be able to keep up. You will be able to share and not get left behind, trying to work out what is being talked about.
Another nice one! When do you listen to music? In the car? When you’re cleaning? When you’re getting ready to go out? Sing along to your favourites. When you do this, you are speaking English! It gives you great practice. But don’t just sing the words, try and think about the subject of the song, the meaning of the lyrics. For songs you really like, you can go online and search for the lyrics. Highlight the lines you like, say them to yourself, write them down. What do they mean? How do they make you feel? What emotion do they describe? What tense are they in? What adjectives do they use? Add these words and phrases to your expanding vocabulary.
5. Practice with your friends.
Sometimes this is easier to say than to do. What if they don’t want to, or can’t? You can try simple ways to get your friends more involved in your English learning. Nearly everyone has a Facebook account now, and many people use Twitter, too. When you update your status, message your friends or post on your friends’ wall, do it in English! It will encourage then to find out what you are saying. Do many global bands or artists visit where you live to play live music? Invite your friends to go and watch – a really simple way to have fun and practice your English skills at the same time.
6. Use the internet
How long do you spend on the internet each day? Probably quite a long time. Use your time on the internet to practice your English skills. Search in English rather than your own language. You can use google.com rather than the google for your specific country, and then you can read the results in English, too. What do you do on the internet? Do you like to get updates about sport, read the news, or fill your brain with celebrity gossip? Use sites in English instead. Keep your notepad and a dictionary next to you so that you can write down or look up any words or phrases you like or don’t know, and try and use them next time you speak English.
That’s all for now, darlings!