Hello, and welcome to HERE Tutoring. In this article, we’re going to go through the top ten tips for learning how to speak English fluently. For my English lessons, I’m not going to talk the way a lot of ESL teachers talk when they teach, which is not the way normal English speakers talk. You probably know what I’m talking about. I’m not going to say, "In this article, we are going to go through the top ten tips for learning how to speak English fluently." No, instead, I’m just going to say, "In this article, we"re going to go through the top ten tips for learning how to speak English fluently," which is the way normal English speakers talk.
If you find that I’m talking too quickly, you can either use the subtitles at the right by pausing the article, or, YouTube now has this amazing feature where you can play articles at a slower speed. Just click on the settings button below and select your speed. Now, on to the top ten tips for learning how to speak English fluently. Tip number one happens to be what we just talked about: Listen to and learn what normal spoken English sounds like. As an English language learner, you want to learn to speak English in a way that sounds natural, and the best way to do this is to listen to and learn from teachers who use natural spoken English.
For example, I am currently speaking English very naturally, not artificially, like in this ESL article. If you learn to speak English from articles like these, you’re going to end up talking like these articles, which will not sound normal to actual English speakers. So, our first tip is, Make sure you find articles and teachers who model for you what natural spoken English sounds like. Tip number two: Learn new words in context. Instead of studying lists of new words and vocabulary by themselves, learn new words in a natural context where they occur in sentences and in conversations. Learning new words in context, rather than in isolation, will not only help you remember words more effectively, but it will also make learning new words much more enjoyable, since you will be able to connect these new words with how they are actually used in real life.
For example, if you want to learn new words that relate to, let’s say grocery shopping, instead of just learning a list of words that relate to grocery shopping, it would be better to actually read and listen to an actual grocery shopping experience, and not only pay attention to what is being said that relates to grocery shopping, but also ask questions that might not be directly answered. For example, the shopper you are reading might say something like, "I wonder which aisle the cereal is in?" If you didn’t know what an "aisle" was, you would look it up and connect the definition to the sentence you just heard. Then, you could expand your learning by asking yourself the question, "What other things might be in the aisle that cereal is in?" Then, you might start thinking of more vocabulary related to breakfast items to learn, and you would again connect this new vocabulary to an actual sentence and situation you just learned. Again, this will both help you remember these words more effectively and make these words much more enjoyable to learn. A good way to apply this tip is that if you hear or see any word in this article that you don’t recognize, pause the article and look it up before moving on.
Now, Tip number three: Actually speak and/or imitate the English you are learning. As useful as it can be to listen to and study English, there is simply no replacement for actually speaking English yourself. One time, when I traveled to China, I met a lot of students who had studied a lot of English, but were almost incapable of actually speaking English, simply because all they did was study and they never actually practiced speaking English out loud. So, as you study English, actually say out loud everything you are learning. At first, you might want to simply repeat exactly what you are hearing, to get a feel for how it feels coming out of your own mouth.
A good exercise to try is to pause this article and repeat the sentences I am saying in this article using the subtitles at the right. This tip is absolutely necessary if you want to learn how to speak English fluently. No matter how much you study, if you don’t actually practice speaking English, you won’t get better at speaking English. Next, Tip number four relates to tip number three: Find books that are at or slightly above your current English level and read them out loud, looking up new words as you come across them. Start with children’s books, and then gradually move up to books that are at a higher level of English.
By reading these books out loud, you will both force yourself to speak English out loud, as well as speak a lot of English, since you will have plenty of English material to say out loud and won’t need to come up with what to say yourself. Also, doing this will help you expand your vocabulary greatly, since you’ll be learning new words in the context of the book you’re reading. Do you see how a lot of these tips connect with one another? Isn’t that amazing? Moving on, Tip number five: Find, read, and engage with good instructional articles about speaking English.
Technology is pretty amazing. With the Internet, you can learn things for free, right from your home, from excellent instructors. Also, with articles, the great news is that you can learn at your own pace. You can pause and rewind articles, and now you can even slow down and speed up the YouTube articles you read. So, our fifth tip for learning how to speak English fluently involves finding good articles to read and following and engaging with the instructions given in these articles.
Don’t just read these articles. Actually do what they ask you to do. For example, when I said earlier to pause this article and repeat the things I’m saying, do you actually plan on doing that? I made these subtitles just so you can do that, so I hope you take advantage of them. Moving on, Tip number six also relates to technology, and it’s this: Always have with you an electronic translator or dictionary, ideally your smartphone.
If you have a smartphone, Google translate is pretty amazing. You can simply say a sentence, or have someone else say a sentence, and Google translate can translate this sentence between a lot of different languages. So, use something like Google translate to learn new words and sentences with much greater efficiency that people could in the past. Next, Tip number seven: read the news, movies, and TV shows with subtitles on. Subtitles allow you to identify clearly what someone is saying, as well as hear it at the same time. And if you’re able to, regularly pause the article and repeat what the subtitles say, like we mentioned in tip number three.
When you are trying to learn how to speak English fluently, subtitles are your very good friend. But don’t just read them. Speak them. Repeat them. Having the subtitles along with an English speaker saying these words is an invaluable resource for getting better at speaking English yourself, so don’t waste this resource by just reading these subtitles.
Next, Tip number eight: Have a conversation with yourself. Pretend you are having a conversation, instead it’s just going to be with yourself. The advantage to doing this is that you can do this any time, and it forces you to think of how you should respond to lots of different questions and statements. First, choose a topic for your conversation, and then simply try to have a conversation with yourself about that topic for as long as you can. For example, if you choose the topic, "Meeting someone new," here’s how a conversation with yourself might go. Hi, my name is Michael.
What’s your name? My name is Michael also. What a coincidence! No way! So Michael, what kinds of things do you like to do?
Oh, I like to spend time with friends, I like to play the guitar, and I like to play basketball. What about you? And so on. You get the point. This tip is extremely helpful because it forces you to both speak English out loud and to think of new things to say in response to everything you’ve just said. Next, Tip number nine: Find an actual English speaker to practice conversation with.
This is a little harder to do, since you need to find an actual English speaker, but if you can find one, this is an invaluable resource for you to practice your spoken English. Just have a conversation with this person, ask each other questions, and respond to each other. This is one of the best things you can do to become more fluent in English. And finally, Tip number ten: Keep practicing, and don’t give up. The more time you put into learning and practicing your spoken English, the better you’ll get at it. It might seem impossible, or extremely difficult, at first, but just imagine that you’re building a house.
You aren’t going to build it in a day, and if you simply do a little bit each day, eventually the house is going to start to form. So, start small, keep practicing, and just celebrate every little achievement you make in learning how to speak English more fluently. I hope you found this article helpful. Make sure to like and subscribe to support and stay updated with these articles. Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you next time.