Tips to Improve English Conversation

 

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I understand why conversational English may seem challenging to you. My students often tell me that when it comes to speaking English in real life, they find that what they have learned in class and the dialog they memorized were of little to no help.

Just remember, that improving your conversational English skills is a process that will take you some time. Just keep at it with the tips below, and you will get to where you want soon enough.

1. Practice with native speakers.

It only makes sense that practicing with native speakers is hands down the best way of improving your conversational English. When you speak to natives, you see the grammar and vocabulary that you have been learning come to life. This is the only way to expose yourself to naturally spoken English.

2. Read aloud.

Students find that reading out loud makes it easier for them to speak, and here is why. First of all, studies show that reading aloud improves your memory. This means that you will acquire more vocabulary and generally remember more information by reading aloud.

Moreover, reading aloud will aide your speech production (using your tongue, mouth, throat, etc.) and make you better at producing English sounds. As a result, you will notice how your fluidity is improving as you keep practicing reading this way.

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3. Improve your pronunciation with the help of listening.

When you want to improve your conversation skills, it’s important that you work on your diction and pronunciation. One excellent way to do that is to listen to native speech and imitate it with the aim of sounding as close to a native speaker as possible.

You can do this by listening to podcasts, audiobooks, or videos in small portions, stopping after about each sentence, then repeating what you heard in exactly the same way. Mimicking native speech this way will definitely improve your conversation skills.

4. Learn phrases, not words.

Learning words in isolation will not do much in terms of improving your conversational English. Learning phrases, however, will. So, what I recommend to my students is instead of learning words in isolation, learn them in context. This will help them greatly when they try to utilize their vocabulary in everyday speech, because they will already know how each word is used.

 


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