Problems with speaking can be:
- Feeling scared, which leads to not talking much, or
- Not having the opportunity to speak English with others.
- If you don’t get enough speaking practice, you will find it difficult to improve.
Does any of this sound like you? If so, then read on for my advice!
1. Stop worrying!
First, you should realise that native speakers make mistakes in English ALL THE TIME and yet we still understand each other!
You can still make grammar mistakes and be understandable to others. But you will never improve if you stay silent.
So just relax, try your best and make mistakes – that is how you will learn!
*Next time you have the chance to speak to somebody in English, try not to think too much about your mistakes. Try to relax and just speak as much as possible!
2. Speak to anyone you can!
Of course in an ideal world you would have lots of native speakers to talk to, but if you don’t what can you do?
Firstly, if you know somebody else who is learning English, ask them if they would like to have conversation practice with you. They may not be a native speaker, but you can still practise together.
If you have nobody to practise speaking English with where you live, how about having a look online? There are lots of native English speakers learning different languages who would love to have conversation practice. Why not help each other out? You can find these kinds of learners on websites such as speaky or italki.
*Have a look on speaky now and see if you can find someone to talk to!
3. Talk to yourself!
However, if you really don’t have anyone you can (or want to) speak to, then just talk to yourself! (I’m not joking!) Ask yourself at least one question per day and try to answer it. Try to speak for as long as possible. A question like, “What do you think about…?” is good for this. For example, “What do you think about animals?” “Well, I love animals. My favourite animal is…” etc.
Any words that you don’t know in English, just look up, translate and write down so that you can remember them the next time. Then try to talk about that topic again in a few days’ time and see if you can speak for longer.
*Now you try: think of a topic and ask yourself “What do you think about…?” Try to speak for as long as you can about this topic, just to yourself!
Good luck and enjoy your speaking!
Do you have any other tips on how to improve your speaking skills in English? If so, write a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Would you also like to work on your English writing skills? If so, then come back next week to read my next blog post on ‘How to improve your writing skills in English’. Until then, have a lovely week!