How to improve your speaking
students often ask us how they can improve their speaking. The obvious
answers are to go to an English-speaking country, find English-speakers
in your area and attend English clases at a good academy. You can also
look for language exchanges and English pub quizzes and similar
activities in pubs and bars where you live.
Another solution, which you may not have considered, is to organize an
English speaking group yourself. You could ask your company to start
English lessons or, if you’re not working at the moment, get together
with your friends and classmates in your spare time.
If you’re working in an office, your company probably has a training
budget. If they say they can’t afford it, you can organise a group of
people to get together once or twice a week at lunch time or after work
and practice English.
If you don’t know what to speak about, just make a list of topics and
discuss one each week. Do a Google search for “discussion topics” to
find a list of websites which will give you some ideas.
Meet for an hour or two once a week and make a rule to speak only
English for this time. You’ll be surprised how quickly you will improve.
Make sure you help your friends and colleagues by correcting their
English and ask them to correct you.
It’s also a good idea to record your discussions on a voice recorder,
video camcorder or mobile phone. Then you can play it back to analyse
your mistakes and see how you sound.
There is no fast and easy solution. You have to be pro-active and
motivated to improve your speaking. However, once you start, you’ll be
surprised how quickly your speaking will improve.
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