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    How to Speak American English

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    American English or U.S English is, for the most part, the same English language spoken in many Anglophone countries around the world. Yes, colloquialisms, spelling, and accents can be different in America, and even between different regions of the United States. However, if you speak English already, you shouldn’t have too much trouble understanding American English or being understood by Americans.

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    Part 1

    Learning American English

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      Learn English . American English is, for the most part, just the same as any other dialect of English. Apart from some phrases, colloquialisms, dialects, and spellings, most of the language is the same as the English spoken in the UK, Ireland, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and elsewhere around the globe. There are a few significant local differences, which leads some people to say that these groups are “separated by a common language.” But in reality, most of the words and phrases are the same. If you know English and understand non-American English speakers, too, for the most part, you will do fine in the United States.

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      Listen for accents, dialects, and slang. American English is spoken differently in each region of the U.S. Listen closely to pick up local phrases and colloquialisms, especially in social settings. You will begin to notice the difference when you travel from one region to another.

      • For some articles on regional accents and expressions, check out How to Imitate a Texan Accent , How to Speak With a Bostonian Accent , How to Speak With a Convincing New Jersey Accent , How to Talk Like a Stereotypical New Yorker , How to Fake a Chicago Accent , and How to Talk Like a Southern Gentleman.
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      Know some American English phrases. You’ll learn as you go, but here is a short list of American English, just to get you acquainted.

      • “Awesome” and “cool” are used to describe something great or positive or popular, more so than in other countries, and both words can be used as a positive reaction to something someone tells you, too.
      • “What’s up?” or “Sup” for short. This phrase is used to ask someone what they’re doing, how they are, and as a general greeting. It is not socially acceptable in formal occasions, but it’s fine to use casually amongst friends. It’s most frequently used by young men.
      • “Hanging out” is spending time somewhere or with someone. It can be used in describing or arranging one particular event (“Do you want to hang out?”) or more generally to describe a habit (“I hang out at the mall a lot”). It’s a phrase often used by young people to describe how they spend their spare time and socialize, often without one particular activity or aim. It can also be used to describe time spent around the house or doing nothing in particular (“What are you up to?” / “Not much; just hanging out”).
      • “Y’all” is a contraction of “You all”, the second person plural mode of directly addressing a group of people. It is used primarily in the Southern states, but is acceptable in other regions.
      • Soda, Pop, Cola, Soda pop, Coke, etc. Popular fizzy soft drinks like: Fanta, Coca-Cola, Sierra Mist, and Dr. Pepper, may be referred to using these different names in different parts of America.
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      Know what English words won’t be understood. If you’ve studied British English in the past, realize that not all of the words and phrases will be identical in the United States. If you use British English words, dialect, or spellings in these situations, you might not be understood. Learn the American versions instead:

      • “Restroom/bathroom” instead of “toilet/lavatory/loo/WC”
      • “Elevator” instead of “lift”
      • “Trunk” instead of “boot”
      • “Freeway” instead of “motorway”
      • “Sweater” instead of “jumper”
      • Pants for trousers, not underwear
      • “Vest” instead of “waistcoat” (the one worn under clothing is often just called an undershirt instead)
      • “Sneakers” instead of “trainers”
      • “Diaper” instead of “nappy”
      • “Swimsuit” or “bathing suit” instead of “swimming costume”
      • “Vacation” instead of “holiday” (holidays tend to mean national bank holidays only, or the holiday season around Christmas)
      • “French fries” or “fries” instead of “chips”
      • “Bag of chips” instead of “packet of crisps”
      • “Gasoline” instead of “petrol”, “gas station” instead of “filling station” or “petrol station”
      • “Truck” instead of “lorry”
      • “Flashlight” instead of “torch”
      • “Color” instead of “colour”
      • “Favorite” instead of “favourite”
      • “Popsicle” instead of “ice lolly”
      • “Tire” instead of “tyre”
      • Crib instead of “cot”
      • “Hood” instead of “bonnet”.
      • “Carnival” instead of “funfair”.

    Part 2

    Interacting with Americans

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      Make an effort to communicate in English. Don’t expect everyone to know or understand your unique dialect. The United States is a nation which was founded by immigrants and has always welcomed newcomers to their country. However, they seldom learn to speak other languages. 95% of Americans will never travel to all fifty states and much less will travel abroad, so if they don’t understand you well or speak your language… don’t think they are ignorant, they are just practical.

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      Approach interactions with a sense of humor. If you do not speak good English, don’t be offended if an American jokes or laughs when you say something that doesn’t make sense to them. For some Americans, laughter can be a way of trying to reduce the frustration with language barriers; it isn’t intended disrespectfully. Just laugh too, as it is common and natural for misunderstandings in the beginning.

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      Don’t make assumptions based on one person’s behavior. You might meet someone friendly, or someone rude, but that doesn’t mean they represent everybody in America. Additionally, attitudes can vary depending on where you are and who you’re talking to; the attitude of people in large cities may be somewhat different than the attitude of those living in rural or farming communities. People in major cities tend to do things more briskly and may seem rude to you. Please don’t generalize this as a representation of how the people in the United States behave. If three New Yorkers are rude to you, don’t go home and tell all your friends, “Americans are rude”.

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      Try to speak a “little” louder when you’re talking to someone in America. It’s perfectly acceptable over in the US, and it creates an atmosphere of congeniality.

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      Be polite and considerate. Don’t always speak what’s on your mind, if it might sound offensive. That doesn’t mean mute all of your thoughts but try to construct them in a way that won’t offend your host. Manners matter, and it’s important to be gracious, considerate, and kind, especially to an American who’s hosting you in their home.

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      I watch foreign TV series such as Supernatural, Sherlock, Flash, etc. Will that be helpful for my fluent speaking skills?
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      Yes, it can help, especially if you are watching without subtitles in your native language. However, do keep in mind that shows produced and set in the U.K. such as Sherlock use British English rather than American English. It will still help your English overall, but if you want to sound American in particular you may wish to stick to American shows and movies.
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      Will listening to and singing English songs improve my American accent?
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      It might help. Go with children’s songs or simple songs with a slow pace — often pronunciation is slurred in music, so singing the wrong kind of songs won’t help.
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      Is American English the same thing as English?
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      There are different types of English. Words in American English are pronounced differently than they are in Australian English, for example. Same words, different pronunciations.
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      Is Indian English different from American English?
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      Indian English is different from American English in terms rhythm and pronunciation.
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      I have an Indian accent. Can I have an American accent?
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      Yes. Copy native speakers of American English. If you don’t know any Americans, there are many Americans speaking online.
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      How do I get over an inferiority complex arising from not being able to communicate in English?
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      No one is perfectly fluent at first, that’s nothing to be insecure over, and most Americans (nice ones anyway) are willing to help someone who is a relatively new English speaker if they can’t remember a certain word or phrase. It’s great that you’re learning a new language. As long as you keep practicing, you’ll find yourself getting better and better at it.
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      Of course you can, all you have to do is learn and never give up.
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      Is it important to know American English?
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      It may be useful if you’re visiting the United States, but if you already fluently speak another English dialect, you’ll generally be able to make yourself understood to Americans. Just try to avoid too many colloquialisms when speaking with Americans, and if they do the same, you’ll have basically no trouble communicating.
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      Are there any differences between American and Canadian accents?
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      • As always, if you can ask for help with something then most Americans will respond accordingly. Don’t think that a normal American is snobbish as they will normally be very helpful.
      • When in doubt spell it out. American English, while it differs a great bit, will always hold true to British English though it does vary but most people can understand it.
      • English that is sung tends to have a neutral American accent, regardless of the accent of the singer. The way vowels are extended when sung gives them a general American accent.
      • Most Americans tend to “swallow” middle double T’s, making them sound like D’s. For example, “Bottle” becomes “boddle”, “little” becomes “liddle”, etc. Listen to a native American accent to get a good sense of this.

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      • If you are in doubt about what you are about to ask or say, then mention this at the beginning of your sentence so that there will be no offense taken by the listener… or any misunderstanding of your intention.

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      To speak American English, learn some common American phrases and slang that you can use in conversation. For example, you can ask “What’s up?” the next time you see someone and want to know what they’re up to. If someone asks what you’re doing, you can reply “Just hanging out,” which means you’re not doing much. Whenever someone tells you something that you enjoy or think is nice, say “That’s awesome” or “That’s cool.” To learn how to interact with Americans when you’re practicing your American English, scroll down!

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      How to Improve Spoken English (Without a Speaking Partner!): 14 Incredible Methods

      We all want to know how to improve spoken English.

      But for some of us, there’s a big obstacle.

      To improve English speaking, the best thing to do is to talk with a native speaker . But not all of us have that option!

      What if you don’t know anyone who speaks English? What if you don’t have time? What if you simply don’t feel confident enough yet to practice with a native?

      How can you practice speaking English  without anybody else to help you ?

      Don’t worry. You can still improve your spoken English , even without a speaking partner.

      We’re going to explain how.

      No speaking partner? No problem!
       

       

      How to Improve Spoken English (Without a Speaking Partner!): 14 Incredible Methods

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      1. Think in English

      Sometimes the difficult thing about English speaking isn’t the language itself, but how you think about it.

      If you think in your native language and then try to speak English, you’ll always have to translate between languages. Translating isn’t an easy thing to do! Even people fluent in two or more languages have trouble switching between languages.

      The solution is to think in English.

      You can do this anywhere, anytime. Try to use English when you’re thinking about your day, or when you’re trying to decide what food to order. Even try to use an English-to-English dictionary to look up words. That way you never have to use your native language and translate words. You’ll notice that when you think in English, it’s easier for you to speak in English.

      2. Talk to Yourself

      Whenever you’re at home (or alone somewhere else) you can improve English speaking with your favorite person: yourself.

      If you’re already thinking in English, try speaking your thoughts out loud. Read out loud, too. Practice is practice, and even if you don’t have anyone to correct your mistakes, just the act of speaking out loud will help you become more comfortable speaking English.

      3. Use a Mirror

      Whenever you can, take a few minutes out of your day to stand in front of the mirror and speak. Choose a topic, set a timer for two or three minutes and just talk.

      The point of this exercise is to watch your mouth, face and body language as you speak. It also makes you feel like you’re talking to someone, so you can pretend you’re having a discussion with a study buddy.

      Talk for the full two or three minutes. Don’t stop! If you get stuck on a word you don’t know, try expressing your idea in a different way. You can always look up how to say that word after the two to three minutes end. This will definitely help you find out what kinds of words or sentences you have trouble with.

      4. Focus on English Fluency, Not Grammar

      When you speak in English, how often do you stop?

      The more you stop, the less confident you sound and the less comfortable you become. Try the mirror exercise above, but challenge yourself to speak without stopping or stammering (taking pauses between your words) the entire time.

      This might mean that your sentences won’t be grammatically perfect, and that’s okay! If you focus on speaking fluently instead of correctly, you’ll still be understood and you’ll sound better. You can fill in the correct grammar and word rules as you learn them better.

      5. Try English Tongue Twisters

      Tongue twisters are series of words that are difficult to say quickly. One example is: “The thirty-three thieves thought that they thrilled the throne throughout Thursday.” Try saying this a few times! It’s not easy.

      Word games like this will help you find the right placement for your mouth and tongue, and can even help your pronunciation. You can find a list of great tongue twisters here .

      6. Listen and Repeat

      Do you watch TV shows or YouTube videos in English? Use them to improve your fluency. Choose a short part of a show and repeat it line by line. Try to match the tone, speed and even the accent (if you can). It doesn’t matter if you miss a few words, the important thing is to keep talking. Try to sound just like the native speakers on the show.

      FluentU is a great way to practice listening and repeating.

      FluentU takes real-world videos—like music videos, movie trailers, news and inspiring talks—and turns them into personalized language learning lessons .

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      This makes listening and repeating even easier. Just turn off the subtitles when you want a challenge!

      If you see a word you don’t know, tap on the word to see an image, definition, examples, and other videos in which the word is used.

      For example, if you tap on the word “brought”, then you see this:

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      FluentU lets you tap to look up any word.

      You can learn any video’s vocabulary with FluentU. Swipe left or right to see more examples for the word you’re learning.

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      At FluentU, you can decide how you learn. You’ll have the freedom to choose which videos are most interesting to your personal learning experience.

      The more you listen to this authentic English, the better you will understand how to speak English naturally.

      Start  using FluentU on the website  with your computer or tablet, or  download the FluentU app from the iTunes store .

      7. Pay Attention to Stressed Sounds

      English uses stresses in words and sentences. That means when you speak English you’ll need to stress, or emphasize, certain words and syllables (sounds) to give words and sentences different meanings.

      Listen to where native speakers place the emphasis when they speak. Try to repeat it the same way to improve English stress in your own speech.

      This won’t only help you speak English well, it might even reduce misunderstandings. Sometimes the placing the stress on the wrong syllable completely changes the word. The word ADdress, for instance, isn’t the same as the word adDRESS. ADdress refers to a physical location where someone lives, and adDRESS means to formally speak to a group of people.

      Learn to hear the difference!

      8. Sing Along to English Songs

      Singing along to your favorite English songs will help you become more fluent. This is a tried-and-true language learning method that’s backed by science .

      Once you can sing along to Taylor Swift and Jason Mraz , you can test your skills with something a bit more difficult: rap!

      Rap is a great way to practice English because often the words are spoken like regular sentences. However, the rapper uses a stronger rhythm and faster speed. Some of the words might not make sense, but if you can keep up with the rapper then you’re on your way to becoming fluent!

      9. Learn Word Forms with New Words

      Some practice comes before you even open your mouth. Make speaking easier by learning the different forms of any words you learn. You should do this when you’re learning new vocabulary . For example, if you just learned the word write, you should also learn some other forms like wrote and written.

      Knowing the correct way to use a word in any kind of sentence is important. This knowledge will help you while speaking. You won’t have to stop and think of different words—you’ll know exactly when you need to use that word while speaking.

      10. Learn Phrases, Not Words

      An even better idea to improve English is to learn word phrases, not just words.

      You might be using correct grammar and vocabulary, but it’s still not how a native speaker would say it.

      For example, you can say “how do you feel today?” but a native speaker might say “how’re you doing?” or “what’s up?” instead. Phrases and expressions can be helpful for sounding more natural when you speak.

      11. Learn Your Most Common Sayings

      Take some time to really notice how you speak in your native language.

      What words and phrases do you use the most often?

      Learn how to say your most commonly used phrases and words in English. Knowing them in English will help you speak as well in English as you do in your native language.

      12. Prepare for Specific Situations

      Are you learning English speaking for a specific reason ? For example, are you learning English so you can get a job in an English-speaking company? In that case, practice English that will help you in an interview. Are you learning English so you can make friends in America? Then you would need a different kind of English.

      Before you go to a place where you have to speak English, you can practice what you might have to say. If you’re preparing to go to a restaurant, what might conversations in a restaurant sound like? Answer the questions a waiter might ask you. Try talking about food and menus.

      You’ll feel more confident if you’re prepared!

      13. Relax!

      You can be your best helper or your worst enemy when learning to speak fluently! We know it’s hard, but you should try not to worry about how you sound when you speak. Just relax!

      If you get stuck or confused, just take a big breath and start over. Speak slower if you have to. Take time to pause and think about your next sentence.

      Do whatever it takes to become more comfortable with speaking English.

      14. Tell a Story from Your Language in English

      Here’s a fun way to test how well your spoken English has developed: choose a story that you know really well and tell it in English.

      Remember to think in English as you’re telling your story. Focus on speaking fluently instead of correctly. Say every sentence out loud to yourself.

       

      Even if you have nobody to talk to in English, you can still build confidence and master fluency on your own time.

      In some ways, practicing speaking is even easier by yourself! Now you know exactly how to improve spoken English by yourself and should feel confident doing so!

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      How to Learn English by Speaking at Home: 10 Fun and Easy Ideas

      Does  your English speaking need some work?

      Not quite ready to meet with a native speaker face to face?

      And are online speaking lessons  not for you?

      I have just the solution for you.

      You can learn to speak English at home—in your PJs  if you want—while having tons of fun!

      But before we get to these 10 easy ideas, let’s take a look at the benefits of learning from home.
       

       

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      Why Learn English from Home?

      One way to start fun learning is to do it right in the comfort of your own home. Your own home is a peaceful place where you can learn the way you want to.

      Further, there are five other reasons why learning to speak English from home is much more fun:

      • It’s comfortable. There’s no place in the world where you can just completely relax. You don’t need to worry about how you dress, if you’re late to class or answering questions correctly. If you are comfortable, it produces successful learning.
      • It’s convenient. There’s no need to leave the house and travel to a different place. You can study at any time you want.
      • It makes you productive. Instead of not doing anything at home, you can use your free time to be productive. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you will learn with all that free time on your hands.
      • It’s pressure-free. You study without any pressure from home. You get to follow your own learning pace without worrying if you’ll keep up with your classmates or not. If there is no pressure, you’ll feel more at ease with learning.
      • It’s enjoyable. It is actually surprising to know that there are tons of things you can do from home to learn to speak in English, and you will have a blast doing them. Not to mention, you’ll also love the fact that you don’t have to pay a cent.

      As you can see, fun learning is indeed possible. And now, you can start feeling better knowing that you can learn through your own efforts.

      So are you excited to get speaking in English? Here we go:

      10 Fun and Easy Ways to Learn English by Speaking at Home

      1. Sing Karaoke

      Singing karaoke is when you sing along to a song that doesn’t have the vocal track, only the background music—so you’re the only one singing. It’s really fun, but sometimes if you’re with other people you can feel nervous and shy.

      But at home, you can just relax and sing your favorite songs as loudly as you want! It doesn’t matter if you prefer Frank Sinatra, Lady Gaga or One Direction—as long as you sing in English, you’ll improve your speaking skills while having a good time.

      Before you can sing karaoke, though, you will need to learn the lyrics and practice. Break down the song and learn the lyrics in an exciting way with FluentU.  FluentU takes real-world videos—like music videos, movie trailers, news and inspiring talks—and turns them into personalized language learning lessons.

      Search through FluentU’s music videos to find a song you enjoy at your level, and use its unique “learn mode” to understand the lyrics and learn new words.

      Then, quiz yourself with the game Lyrics Training , where you fill in the missing words from the lyrics as the song plays. Next, sing along with the singer several times, and then finally you’re ready for the ultimate test (and perhaps the most fun part): singing karaoke!

      Luckily , you don’t need an expensive karaoke machine to sing karaoke. You can easily find karaoke songs on YouTube. Simply type the name of the song and artist, plus the word “karaoke” into the search field. For example, if you want to sing the classic song “One Way or Another” by Blondie, just type “One way or another blondie karaoke” into the YouTube search bar, and you’ll successfully find this video as the top result.

      Try Adele’s “Someone Like You,”  Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing”  and  “Summer Nights” from the musical “Grease” for some popular karaoke songs to start with.

      2. Read Out Loud

      Reading silently can help train your mind in the English language. However, reading out loud will train your tongue to speak English properly. You can pick any book, poem or short story you want and start reading the words out loud.

      Start with easy English reading materials  before moving on to  these great must-read English books.

      In the process of practicing to speak English, you should also know if you’re saying the words correctly. At home, you can check if your pronunciation is correct by simply downloading apps how to learn english speaking at homefrom Google’s Play Store .

      You can try English Pronunciation by Kepham . Once the app is installed, type in the word you want to hear pronounced.

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      You can also try Sounds: Pronunciation App , where you can check the words in both British and American English pronunciation. Plus, this app has a practice and quiz tester too. Both of these apps are free to download.

      3. Exercise with Workout Videos

      How can that help you, you ask? If you choose to exercise, use English workout videos instead. It will be best if you have DVDs or Blu-Ray discs because these videos always have subtitles. When you work out, try and read those subtitles.

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      Among the best exercise videos are those from exercise expert Shaun T. You can try his classic “ Hip Hop Abs ” or “ Insanity .” Buy these videos on DVD or rent them from the library so you can use the subtitles.

      Once the video starts, copy his movements and his words. So if he’s counting, count along with him! Not only will your body get a good workout, your tongue will experience great English exercise too.

      4. Host an English Night Dinner

      Get your friends to join your English-speaking journey by hosting an English Night dinner. Well, it could also be a breakfast or lunch, as long as the whole point is for everyone to speak English the entire time.

      Be sure to plan some games in addition to the meal. What are some of the games you can try?

      First, play Continue the Story. To play the game, someone should start a story by saying “Once upon a time.” Then, the next person will continue the story, perhaps saying, “There lived a princess and a prince.”

      To make the game more exciting, you can add a specific number of words per answer. If a friend picks five, he or she should only say five words. If he or she uses the wrong number, the player is out of the game.

      Another game you can try is Question and Answer. Have all your friends, including yourself, write a question on an index card. After all the questions are written, put them in a box or bowl and mix them up. Then just take turns picking a question and answering it.

      5. Play Monopoly in English

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      Another fun thing you can do is to play games that require you to read or speak in English. A good example is Monopoly . The board and cards are all written in English, so read them out loud when you’re playing.

      Monopoly is easily available in all toy stores. This board game will let you move around the board, buying, selling and renting out properties. The game concept is easy, but for non-English speakers, reading the text on the cards can be a challenge. So if you’re playing, reading the text out loud should prove to be helpful.

      Just for added fun, read the text with some emotion. If you are the landlord, express a dominating tone when speaking. Maybe you’re a very nice banker, or perhaps the banker is mean. You decide!

      6. Chat with Friends Online

      What better way to learn to speak in English than learning with friends? Instead of chatting with them through your keyboard, why not just do a voice or video call instead? This way, you can practice speaking in English in a conversational way . This will be good practice for you both.

      One of the most useful video and voice chat apps is Skype . After downloading the free software, sign up for an account and start adding your friends to your contacts.

      Another app you can use is Viber . Install the application, and then you can start talking to your friends in your phonebook.

      Both apps can be used on desktop and mobile. You call a friend like how you usually make a call on your mobile phone.

      7. Call a Customer Support Hotline

      You don’t need to have a real question or complaint in order to call customer service. But for the sake of learning to speak in English, pretend you have one. Most big, international companies will have English-speaking representatives. Think of it as a free English lesson.

      One way to do this is to ask questions about their products. If you’re calling a beauty product manufacturer, try Avon’s Hotline at 1-800-FOR-AVON. Pretend that you bought a product, and tell them your problem with it. You might say:

      Hi, I recently bought your anti-aging skin cream. I like it, but I find it too oily for my skin, would you recommend anything else?

      Later, you can continue asking about the other products they have, and you can continue to share what products you are looking for.

      For men, you can try calling Nordstrom’s Hotline at 1-888-282-6060. If you don’t feel like asking about products, you can always ask about their refund or return policy. In that case, you might start with:

      I recently bought a shirt, but it doesn’t fit right. What’s your return policy?

      From there, you have already started a conversation with the customer support representative.

      8. Record Yourself

      Recording yourself will help you know your pronunciation mistakes. To record yourself, you can use your smartphone, tablet or even your laptop.

      Simply start by finding a piece that you’d like to read, and then open up your device’s Audio Recorder and start recording yourself.

      Now, recording your own voice is just the first step. The more important step is to check if you’ve pronounced the words correctly. Use the apps mentioned in #2 to check if you are pronouncing the words correctly.

      Keep recording your English speaking sessions at home until you perfect the piece you are reading. After that, you can move on to a different piece and also challenge yourself with more advanced vocabulary .

      9. Memorize Your Favorite Movie Lines

      You probably have a couple of favorite movies that you like to watch over and over again. This time around, you can enjoy them better by speaking like you’re a part of the movie too. Speak alongside the actors and don’t forget to talk with emotion.

      We suggest these classic American movies that you can watch later on if you have nothing else in mind. Also, if you’re having a hard time identifying the words they are saying, you can always Google a movie’s transcript.

      A transcript is the entire script of a movie, so you can follow the dialogues from there. For example, if you want to say Tom Cruise’s lines in “ A Few Good Men ,” simply type “A Few Good Men transcript” into Google’s search box.

      10. Make an Audio Blog

      An audioblog is kind of like a blog of podcasts, where you record yourself for other people to hear. You can talk about whatever you want: movie reviews, share stories, give your opinion, etc. After you record them, you can upload it to your blog and let other people hear what you have to say.

      If you have native English speaking friends, ask them for constructive feedback. This means they’ll give you pronunciation tips, praise and ways to improve.

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      To make an audioblog, start by making a free blog (Try  Blogger  or  Tumblr ). Then, use any Audio Recorder you have and record files of yourself speaking. Upload them to your blog and publish the post. Ta-da!

      Any combination of these 10 ideas will guarantee an entertaining time with results. But there’s one final tool that you will need to be successful.

      A Positive Mind Will Help You Learn to Speak English at Home

      If you want to speak English well, physical action alone is not enough.

      You should have your eyes on the goal and stay positive when learning.

      If you start feeling doubtful or feel like you won’t be able to do it, chances are, that is exactly what will happen. So be positive and believe in yourself. Tell yourself encouraging things: You can do it! You’re getting better! Great job!

      In addition to being positive, you need to be persistent, dedicated and most of all, committed. These characteristics will bring you many learning successes.

      As you can see, to be able to speak English, you’ll need the physical, mental and emotional aspects. You need to practice with your tongue, but also keep the right mindset.

      And most of all, you need to have fun. If you can do all of these things, you will surely be an awesome and fluent English speaker sooner than you thought!


      Azalea Pena is a lover of the English language. She has taught non-native English speakers to learn written and verbal English. She enjoys using the language through her writing and hopes to be able to help out more people who have the same interest and love for the language as she does.

      Oh, and One More Thing…

      If you like learning English the fun way, you should also check out the FluentU app. Like the website, the FluentU app lets you learn English from popular talk shows, catchy music videos and funny commercials , as you can see here:

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      If you want to watch it, the FluentU app has probably got it.

      The FluentU app makes it really easy to watch English videos. There are captions that are interactive. That means you can tap on any word to see an image, definition, and useful examples.

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      FluentU lets you learn engaging content with world famous celebrities.

      For example, when you tap on the word “brought,” you see this:

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      FluentU lets you tap to look up any word.

       

      Learn all the vocabulary in any video with quizzes. Swipe left or right to see more examples for the word you’re learning.

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      FluentU helps you learn fast with useful questions and multiple examples. Learn more.

      The best part? FluentU remembers the vocabulary that you’re learning. It recommends you examples and videos based on the words you’ve already learned. You have a truly personalized experience.

      Start  using FluentU on the website  with your computer or tablet or, better yet,  download the FluentU app from the iTunes store .

      If you liked this post, something tells me that you’ll love FluentU, the best way to learn English with real-world videos.

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