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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.

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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.

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How do I learn English at home?

9 Answers

Sudheer Gurram

Sudheer Gurram , Philosopher and Thinker

Any language, no matter where it is originated – have to be learned in a natural way to get best results.

Remember, when we were kids, just born, we don’t know a thing. How do you think we learned and aced our mother tongue?

Yeah. The natural way to learn a language is to get surrounded by people who speak just that particular language (That’s why convent schools insist students to speak only in English in school premises). The child listens to his environment.

So First, You Listen – Catch the words, catch the accent, catch everything you can. And situations can play a major role. You already have one language at hand, It shouldn’t be hard to guess some distinguished words based on the situation you are in. Since, You want to learn by being at home. I would recommend you to watch Movies and TV Seasons (Again American English or Britain English, your choice) with different genres. ‘By the way, that’s the way I learnt Hindi. Watching a Famous comedian (Kapil Sharma) TV Shows, Day in and Day out’

Thing is, Languages are so volatile. I mean, whatever you have learnt you have to put into practice soon enough. Else, Like I said, It’s so volatile. So, maybe prepare a monologue, act it and film it. Who knows it can be the next viral video on Youtube. If you’re a some kind of a traveler, you can just initiate a conversation with somebody and good thing is, a stranger never cares of how good english you speak.

Exam Based Approach

If you’re exam conscious person like me, I’d recommend you to do the following.

“Exam Conscious person is someone who becomes extremely active during the preparation period of Exam”.

The sense of being tested and the feel for zeal of victory can supplement as an extra nitro boost to accomplish things faster.

Learning a language can be divided as

  1. Learning Words (Popular Words) and Phrases
  2. Learning Grammar (Forming Sentences) and framing for situations
  3. Speaking – Articulation and Accent

You can ace all three sub-categories by preparing for the following three exams respectively.

  1. GRE
  2. GMAT
  3. TOEFL/IELTS

At the end of the day it’s the personality that matters, not the language. A language is just a medium to express your personality. Just go easy with it.

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Steve Brown

Steve Brown

““14 Methods for Improving Your Spoken English Without a Speaking Partner

So, you’re all by yourself. Forever alone.

Okay, maybe you’re not forever alone, but right now you need to practice English alone.

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

Writing, reading, listening —these skills can all be practiced alone. Easy.

Well, you can already write beautiful sentences. You memorized hundreds of vocabulary words .

But when you open your mouth to speak, nothing comes out!

All the books, websites and apps in the world can’t help you learn how to speak English fluently.

To improve your spoken English, the best thing to do is to talk with a native speaker.

Sometimes we don’t have that option though! 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?

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!

Download: This blog post is available as a convenient and portable PDF that you can take anywhere. Click here to get a copy. (Download)

14 Methods for Improving Your Spoken English Without a Speaking Partner

1. Think in English.

Sometimes the difficult thing about talking in a new language 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 practice your English 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 2 or 3 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 2 or 3 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 2-3 minutes end. This will definitely help you find out what kinds of words or sentences you have trouble with.

4. Focus on 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 some 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.”

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Vishal Kumar Gaur

Vishal Kumar Gaur , Freelance Writer at Lekhaka.com (2018-present)

See. It depends.Ive never been to convent schools. My workplace (I dont work now) never provided an environment of English and tbh people there, including senior most levels, had pretty bad English.

Mostly they spoke Gujarati (that I understand quite well now) and Hindi.

I was in 7th standard. I am going-I are going. This was a puzzle for me.

Thanks to my English teacher (first teacher who asked me to read a paragraph in class).

She asked me beforehand that I was to read the next paragraph (after the girl who was reading at that moment).

I was ted too afraid so I started to mug up the paragraph.

When my turn came I started like a bullet train, “First let me introduce myself, my name is William Morris…”(I still remember that after 13 years because I mugged it up LOL).

I completed 10 lines within a minute.

She didnt appreciate it! Everyone thought it was super good but she said, “You read without stopping, commas and full stops are the for a reason.”

That stunned me.

All those years I was thinking that speaking fast meant speaking good. So? Yes! I was on a wrong path.

Then came the social media!

I made some friends from English speaking nations.

I interacted a lot. A LAHT!

I dont know anything about grammar except the definition of noun. I dont watch English TV series. I use French terms like El Dorado, Deja Vu, etc.

I dont know much of the vocabulary (I forget those words). At max I use some words like apparently, paradox, cliche, niche, cloze, etc.

I was in 1st year (college, after school), I could have interacted in English but was very shy, rather afraid, to do so because I knew I was TOO BAD in English speaking.

In 4th year I was actually forced to speak on the topic of my likeness (when someone gives you topic it sounds OK, but when you ask someone to choose what they like xD like you ask someone to sing and when he asks what song, you say: ANYTHING THAT YOU LIKE. Hell be like, WTF!).

I chose GLOBAL WARMING. I was considered second from top in speaking, out of the crowd of some 50 students, by the teacher.

Then I came to know that Id already became good and I wasnt even aware of it.

How it came and what I did? I really dont know.

My best guess is those interactions (textual chats with Englishmen-Women)

Now a days you could video call, voice call, etc. It is much easier now to learn English with an accent.

I learnt English first and then US accent (because I find it better than UK). I developed that accent within 6 months.

Now Im not only amongst 15% of the Indian population that could speak in English but also amongst that 1% who use some foreign accent.

There are people (I know a few) who could speak French, Spanish, and many more. By interacting with them I got to know the method of their class. It is NO GRAMMAR! PURE INTERACTION.

I then researched a bit.

US/UK soldiers were taught German during world war 1 and 2.

They learnt it in 7 days. COMPLETELY!

Dont go with the advertisements because military never actually disclosed their method of learning.

Only thing they disclosed is that the grammar wasnt taught. So, we can assume that it was all possible via INTERACTION.

Hyojeong Victoria Shim

Hyojeong Victoria Shim , former Translator at Hyundai Motor Company

As a Korean, one question that I get the most from people is, "How did you learn English?" I hope you find the video below very helpful in figuring out what to do to improve your spoken and written English.

English has a sentimental and spiritual meaning in my life, so I had many things to include and talk about. I hope you find 18 minutes of watching worth it. For your convenience, I organized all what I talk about in the video in one piece of paper, and you can find it at the end of the video.

*Inspiration + Creativity + Hard Work = The Best Result (My Creative English Art)

I wish you good luck on your creative journey with English!

How I Learned English | Why English is an Art (한글자막)

Pulugurtha Kamaraju

Pulugurtha Kamaraju , Retired Professor of English

Originally Answered: How can I learn English at home?

Any Practice at home follows learning basics, at an institution. Learning everything at home may not arise, normally. You must have some knowledge of Grammar and Composition, before attempting improvement at home. It is better, if you have interaction in English, at home. Otherwise, your Spoken Practice gets hindered.

Similarly, you must have a chance for rectification of your errors. The others at home must be proficient, in English, to be of help to you.

You must find a prototype, at home, to imitate, in your attempt to improve your Spoken English.

General English volumes should be acquired, to enhance your knowledge of English. You must specify timings for your learning. The process of learning may be a bit slow. But, you may find a result, in the long run.

Vikas Rana

Vikas Rana

Let’s start

If you are passionate to learn English,you can learn English at home.Don’t worry just keep calm just follow these steps-

1.Learn some basic grammar

Ya, you should learn some basic grammar cos if your base is not clear u will face difficulty to learn English.

2.Improve your vocabulary

If u have not suffiecient vocabulary so u will stuck whenever u will speak, dont remember vocabulary very much just took only one word and type on google firstly u should understand what is the meaning of that word , search synonyms ,antonyms of that word and as well as search some idioms depend on that word

Thus,really u will enhance your vocabulary as well as if u are student then it will help for your competitive exams.

3.Change your environment

If really want to learn English, u should change your environment First of all Please take your smartphone and subscribe some english shows like coffee with Karan ,if you fond of watching movies then turn on subtitle if you are beginner then watch bollywood movies in hindi with english subtitle if u are advanced ,watch Hollywood movies without subtitle and if u have enough leisure time, u can also listen English songs and one more thing take english newspaper and try to understand syntax and add some vocabulary as well as your current affairs will be improve if you fond of reading books,magazine ,watching videos on YouTube then try to listen and reading in english.You can also take a novel whenever u will complete that novel would have vast vocabulary and u will understand very well how can make sentence.

4.Make speaking partner

Speaking partner can play a mandatory role in your English choose a good partner who has experience try to use your vocabulary whenever u are speaking Just BE CONFIDENT about yourself and dont worry about mistake cos witout mistake u cant learn english

5.Try to think in english

We always think in hindi it is problem ourself Firstly u will face difficulty in thinking in english but if will try daily you will be accustomed.

6.Consistency

It ia very important point cos many people face problem like they are busy in their offices,schools,colleges but wherever u are, your focus should be english like whenever u are communicate with people then try to speak 2-3 sentences in english thus your confidence will be improve.You can make target for yourself , achieve your goal everyday.

7. Make blog and try to write on quora

Really it works cos your writing skill will be improve without paying any busk and can also share your thaughts on quora(Its a great platform to ask question and too answer.

Thank you very much to remain with me

All the best

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  • 13 Awesome Ways to Practise Spoken English at Home

    All English-speaking learners want to be able to express their ideas and opinions with both friends and in business.  In today’s world with the use of technology it is very important that we can all converse with ease and be understood.  The more you practise spoken English the better and more confident you will become.  Here are 13 creative ways to practise spoken English at home:

    Watch English speaking films and television series.

     

    This is a great way to learn how English is spoken both with American English and British English accents .  You can also listen to programmes on the Internet, for example films and series on Netflix or Amazon Prime .  There are also many clips on YouTube that you can watch, listen and learn about how English is spoken.  It is important to listen to what is being said.

     

    Record yourself speaking English.

     

    This may in the beginning feel strange to be speaking ‘out loud’ but this is a good way of practising and then replaying what you have just recorded.  Start with simple pieces to record, then repeat until you become more confident before continuing with more difficult pieces to say ‘out loud’ and keep on recording.  You can practise reading from books starting with easier books before progressing to harder books as you become more confident. This will also help with learning about written English .

     

    Sing songs in English

     

    There are so many songs that are sung in English which many people of every language have heard and know.  Listen to these songs either on the radio, YouTube or on a music list either on Spotify or your mobile phone and then try learning the words and singing along to the song.  This is an easy activity to do at home.

     

    Use a mirror

     

    Stand in front of a mirror and practise speaking out loud.  Try this for a few minutes every day and talk on any subject.  By watching yourself talk to a mirror you can see how your mouth forms the sounds and how fluently you seem to be speaking.

     

    Read books

     

    Start by reading easy books and then as you become more confident start reading more difficult books.  Practise reading out loud several paragraphs each time you read as this will help with the fluency of the English language without the need for you having to think of putting words together in the correct order.  Reading also helps you learn tenses which will impact on your spoken language.  There are many books which will appeal to all ages and to all abilities. Also try reading magazines and newspaper articles in English.  Read with yourself or read with friends who also want to learn to speak English.

     

    Practise tongue twisters.

     

    These are sayings which help us learn how to pronounce letter and consonant sounds.  By practising these tongue twisters your spoken English language will improve very quickly. Start with easy tongues twisters and then continue with harder one to help with specific sounds.

     

    For example:

     

    Can you can a can as a canner can can a can? 

    Which watch did which witch wear and which witch wore which watch?

    A sailor went to sea sea sea to see what he could see see see but all that he could see see see was the bottom of the deep blue sea sea sea.

     

    Collocations

     

    A collocation is made up of two or more words that are commonly used together in English.  Practise saying these collocations out loud to yourself.  Here are some examples of collocations:

     

    Collocation                 Example

     

    Make the bed              She needs to make her bed every day

    Do the homework       The children need to do their homework each day after school

    Open an account         Would you like to open a (bank) account?

    To save time               He needs to save time as he is in a hurry

    A big decision             We have to make a big decision as to whether we sell the car

    At great length            The teacher spoke at great length to explain the situation

     

    Phrasal Verbs

     

    These phrasal verbs are often action words, for example running, cooking, eating and are put with either a preposition and/or an adverb.  Try learning a few phrasal words every week and also practise saying them out loud.  Here are some examples of phrasal verbs:

     

    Phrasal verbs               Example

     

    To turn off                   Switch off the television

    Use up                         Your brother used up the last of the tea bags

    Eat up                          I have plenty of food so please eat up

    Go through                  He passed through the longest tunnel on his journey

     

    Use apps to help you speak English

     

    There are many apps that can be downloaded from the Internet which can help you practise spoken English at home.  Some are free and there are some that there will be a charge for.  Duolingo is an example of a free app which can be used for anyone learning English.  Practise with any one of these apps on a daily basis. Practicing 10 minutes per day will really help build your confidence and increase your fluency in speaking English.

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    Keep a notebook

     

    Write down all the new words that you learn together with their meanings.  Then reread your notes and see how many you can remember.  Also practise saying these words out loud.

     

    Think in English

     

    Go about your daily life trying to think in English.  Try and learn the words in English for items that you use every day.  Make a note of both the word in your language together with the word in English and see how many you can remember each day.  Practise saying these words out loud.

     

    Speak with friends

     

    Invite friends who also want to learn English for coffee or tea or lunch and practise spoken English together.  Share what you have been learning and try and meet on a regular basis.  This will help build your confidence.

     

    Listen to the stress of English speakers

     

    By listening to how native English speakers talk, you will hear how they alter the stress and intonation when they are talking.  Stress is how we emphasise certain syllables in each word and also as part of sentence structure.  The more you listen to conversation the more you will understand how stress helps the learner understand what is being discussed.

     

     Practise spoken English every day using any of the above suggestions.  Try speaking and learning English for even 10-15 minutes every day.  Start by speaking English slowly and as you become more confident you will find that your speaking pace will quicken. You will make fewer mistakes in the beginning by starting speaking more slowly.  Enjoy these creative ways to Practise Spoken English

     

     

     

     

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