100 things you can do to improve your english

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English is the world’s lingua franca, a common language that people with different native languages can use lớn communicate.

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The more fluent you are in English, the more interesting, exciting và insightful conversations you can have.

What’s great is you can improve English speaking skills without a classroom partner or stressful lessons. 

This article will take you beyond the foundational aspects to lớn reach communicative competence.

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Build a Strong Foundation

In order to express yourself eloquently in English, you need a wide variety of vocabulary and the correct pronunciation.

1. Expand your vocabulary

Learn New Words Every Day

Gleaning new words day in, day out is a good way khổng lồ widen your vocabulary. Commit to lớn a suitable target: it can be three daily words or it can be ten daily words.

Even if you only have time lớn learn one new word per day, it is still worth trying. By learning one word every day, after one year you will have learned 365 new English words.

Write the number down khổng lồ remind yourself frequently. If you have a learning partner, cốt truyện it with her so that she can check on your progress.

Some good resources for words are the news, songs & TV shows, depending on your daily habits. If you love listening to lớn music, pay attention lớn the lyrics and take note of the words you vì not know. Songs often contain a lot of useful vocabulary, phrases and expressions, therefore, they are great for learning English.

Learning words in context will help you remember them much easier, & you will be surprised by how quickly your vocabulary will grow!

Learn Words in Phrases & Chunks

It is important that you learn words in groups. For example, you refer khổng lồ beverages as a glass of wine, a pint of beer, a cup of tea, a pot of coffee, etc. It is better lớn learn those phrases than merely wine, beer, tea and so on.

You can also benefit from learning words that are related. The moon has four phases during a lunar month: crescent, gibbon, waxing & waning. It is more efficient to lớn learn all four words at the same time.

2. Improve your pronunciation

You might know a lot of words, but if you fail to lớn say them correctly, you will not be understood. That seems like a waste of the time spent on remembering words, right?

When using online dictionaries such as Macmillan and Merriam-Webster, make use of the little speaker symbol to kiểm tra the pronunciation of any word that you are not sure about. There are English pronunciation tutorials on YouTube or podcasts lượt thích English Pronunciation Pod or American English Pronunciation to lớn teach you the many aspects of American English pronunciation.

When you are ready for something more challenging, try out tongue twisters. Some examples are available here. Personally, I love the Fork handles sketch from the show “The Two Ronnies.” It might not be a typical example of everyday conversation, but it shows you the richness of spoken English. Besides, you will have a good laugh.

Learning with these types of authentic videos is key to improving your pronunciation because you are listening to truyền thông by và for native speakers. 

But finding videos on your own, or trying lớn learn with just a clip can sometimes be tricky. If you need some help finding relevant English videos with examples of authentic pronunciation, theshineshop.vn‘s online learning program is filled with real nội dung and extra tools khổng lồ help you get started.

The videos on the program each have interactive subtitles, which allows you lớn easily see the definition of every word that is spoken. It is great for pronunciation practice, particularly because every word you click on will be automatically added khổng lồ a personalized word bank, with audio you can listen khổng lồ later. 

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If you are looking for a particular word, theshineshop.vn has a đoạn phim dictionary that shows you videos in which each word is spoken. There is also a speaking feature built right in, which allows you khổng lồ focus on any pronunciation or intonation that might be tricky. The easiest part is that the platform is available as a website & app (Google Play and App Store), so you can brush up on your speaking skills on the go.

3. Learn the natural flow of English

Being able to say individual words correctly is great, but the secret of speaking fluently in English lies in the flow of sentences. Whenever you read a piece of poetry, listen lớn a melodic tuy nhiên or watch a hilarious sitcom, pay attention to the following:

Linking. Notice how native speakers link words together: joining two sounds, making a sound to lớn disappear or changing a sound for a better flow.Contractions. Contractions are shortened forms of two words. For example:I + am = I’mhe + will = he’llthey + have = they’vedo + not = don’tStress. There are stressed syllables in a word và stressed words in a sentence.Rhythm. The rhythm is the overall result of stress, contractions và linking. It is the ups and downs, the musical feature of English.

4. Build English speaking confidence

One of the biggest barriers lớn developing English speaking skills is confidence. It is certainly something that all language learners have difficulty with & one of the best ways to overcome this is khổng lồ get out there & practice.

The best way to bởi vì this is to lớn try speaking English with strangers!

The following clip gives some tips about avoiding mistakes, và that can help you to lớn focus on a sometimes forgotten component of language learning: confidence! It is possible to rid yourself of any English speaking fear by building a strong foundation in the language.

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Techniques khổng lồ Improve English Speaking Skills

Now that you have a strong foundation, you can apply some techniques khổng lồ hone (improve) your English speaking skills.

5. Speech shadowing

In a nutshell, this technique is about imitation. You listen to how a native speaker says something and try khổng lồ copy it.

Pick your favorite video with subtitles. Make sure that it is something you enjoy watching because you will…Listen to it many times. Listen khổng lồ the đoạn clip once và read the subtitles to get a good grasp of the general content and flow. While you are playing it again, complete the next step.Imitate the narrator sentence by sentence. Play. Listen. Pause. Speak. Record (optional). Copy the speech pattern as best as you can. 

With enough shadowing, you’ll naturally get closer lớn sounding lượt thích a native speaker. Just make sure to pick videos with the same kind of English accent! 

6. Self-talk

Talk to yourself in English loudly. It can be anything from a suggestion like, “Shall we go get a glass of water?” or a reminder, “I need to do a load of laundry today.”

Alternatively, pick up a book & read a couple of pages out loud. This exercise might slow down your reading, but it will tốc độ up your speaking skills.

You can also record yourself, listen khổng lồ the recording and watch out for any wrong pronunciations. If it is possible, ask for feedback from a native speaker.

7. Think in English

If you already think in English, it takes less time to produce or respond in everyday conversations. No translation needed!

A good way to start rethinking is to lớn keep a diary where you express your daily thoughts in English. It does not have to lớn be perfect, it is more about getting out thoughts in English with less và less effort.

8. Retell a story in English

Take the challenge a step further by retelling a story. You retrace other people’s line of thoughts in your own words.

I would start with a familiar story from your culture. Your translation needs lớn convey not only the meaning of words but all rhetorical and cultural nuances.

Alternatively, you can choose different words khổng lồ retell a simple story in English. Start from the basics, reading something like a fairy tale or a fable. Either way will be beneficial lớn your English communication skills.

Frequently Practice khổng lồ Improve Your English Speaking Skills

Practice makes perfect, so do speak English in plenty. Some people think that they bởi not have the opportunity to practice speaking because they vày not live in the US or another English-speaking country. They might also be discouraged because English is not used at their workplace, or they vì not know any native speakers.

There is some validity in those excuses, but vày not let them hinder your learning. Thanks to lớn the growth of globalization và technology, you have more chances than ever khổng lồ practice speaking English. You’ll find many ideas below.

9. Participate in public speaking events

Big universities, theaters & culture societies organize events like open debates, spoken word readings and improvised storytelling gatherings. These are places where you can come và mingle with like-minded people & practice speaking English.

Many cities are now hosting TED or TEDx talks where you can register to participate and share your innovative ideas. Check the events page of your local university to lớn see if there are any available. It might be a nerve-racking experience, but it would be great for your English!

10. Go to lớn language cafes

If public speaking terrifies you (and I know it does for many), you can opt for language cafes. Those cafes create a friendly và relaxing atmosphere for people who want to practice & exchange languages.

You can find language cafes through local universities or the Meetup groups available in your cities.

11. Using apps

Another option is lớn use an ứng dụng to talk lớn native speakers online, in the comfort of your own home. Some popular apps are HelloTalk and Tandem. Basically, you register for an account, introduce yourself, your native language and your hobbies. The ứng dụng will find you some matches—the people who speak English and want khổng lồ practice the language you know well. All you need to do is to lớn press a few buttons & start talking.

12. Chat with Siri

I find chatting with Siri is a great way to force myself khổng lồ speak more clearly. As Siri is a machine, you cannot rely on environmental clues & facial gestures to lớn get your ideas across. Your words are the only tool you have lớn make yourself understood. Thus, you need khổng lồ speak as clearly và precisely as you could.

Another plus point of using Siri is that she is always available (as long as your phone is charged and connected to lớn a WiFi network). Just press the trang chủ button và start asking questions.

If you own an apk smartphone, you can practice speaking with Google Now.

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So, off you go! Choose your preferred method lớn expand your vocabulary, correct your pronunciation, và boost your English speaking with the methods that are right for you. Bởi vì not forget to lớn practice as much as possible.

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