DOs and DON'Ts
you want to improve your English speaking,
there are lots of things you should do, and some things you shouldn't
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Here are my top tips!
- Practice as
much as possible.
Practice may not
make you perfect, but it will make you better. (Perfection comes after
LOTS of practice!)
- Listen to as
much English as you can,
preferably spoken by native English speakers.
so you shouldn't neglect this.
- Use new
vocabulary as soon as you can.
'active' is a very important part of improving your
- Speak with
lots of different people.
If this is
possible, it will improve your speaking. Everyone speaks in a slightly
different way, so talking with people who have different accents and
different styles of speaking will help you.
- Ask friends
to correct you.
If you have a good
friend who speaks English, ask them to correct you sometimes. The
more you use the correct version of English, the more you will start to
know what 'feels' right.
- Try different
Use English in different
situations. For example, when you are shopping, asking for directions,
general conversations, on the telephone, etc.
- Join a
If you can't do
this, then join any kind of club or society (a group of people who
meet for a particular purpose) where you will be able to
talk in English.
- Ask people to
repeat something if you don't
Or you could ask them to say something in a different
way, or slower. If you are not sure if you heard them correctly, then
repeat information back to them. It's better to check than to get
- Don't be shy!
One of the major reasons why
students don't improve their spoken English is because they are too shy
Maybe they are worried about making mistakes, or sometimes
they are just naturally shy people.
Don't worry. People will know you
are not a native English speaker, so they won't expect you to get
everything 100% right.
It is better to
try and to make mistakes, than
not to try at all.
- Don't try to
Even English speakers
make mistakes sometimes!
- Don't worry
about having a 'perfect'
As long as your pronunciation is good enough for people to
understand you, don't worry if you can't pronounce all the sounds
If you are worried about your pronunciation, there are
lots of videos
on the internet that can help you.
- Don't spend a
long time trying to remember a
If you can't remember the word for something, then
think of a different way to say it.
For example, if you can't remember
the word 'kick' and you're talking about soccer, you could say, "hit
the ball with your foot."
- Don't ask an
English-speaking friend to do all
the talking for you!
Sometimes it's easier to let someone else speak
for you, but you won't improve if you do this.
- Don't rely on
internet text chats.
help your vocabulary, and possibly your reading and writing, but will
not help your speaking. If you are talking to friends online, then use
a program like Skype, where you can have voice conversations over the
internet, often with video.
If you follow this advice, then your English speaking should improve.