Today, I give you 3 things that you should be doing every day to improve your English speaking skills. Let’s get started.
What’s up guys? My name is shane and today we are talking about improving your English speaking skills. Do you understand English but find it hard to speak like a native speaker? This is a very common problem that many students have and it’s normally caused by students not speaking enough and not trying to making themselves better. They just keep saying the same thing again and again.
So ask yourself, how often do you try and improve your speaking skills? How often do you try and sound like a native speaker? If you keep saying the same thing again and again and it’s wrong. This will not help you improve your English speaking skills.
But don’t worry because today I have 3 things for you that you should be doing every day to help improve your English speaking skills.
My first tip is to listen to native speakers every day so you know how to say things correctly. Because if you just read it off paper you might not be saying it correctly with the right tones, the right speed, the right intonation.
Have a look at these two sentences. Have do you pronounce the first one? It’s you. Is that right? No. we say it’s you? It’s you? Because this is a question, we have a rising intonation at the end. It’s you? But the second one we say, it’s you. It’s you. It’s you. The intonation at the end is going down.
So if you just speak how it should be spoken, you might be saying it incorrectly, and if you keep saying it incorrectly, you will get into a bad habit of saying it incorrectly and you don’t want that.
You want to be speaking English correctly from the start.
You can listen to native speakers in movies, on the tv, on the radio, on youtube and much much more. Just make sure you are listening to native speakers every day.
Now we are listening to native speakers every day so we know how to say what we are listening to, correctly. The second thing you should be doing every day is repeat, repeat, repeat.
When you hear a new phrase or a new word you want to practice, repeat it many many many times. And try to sound like the native speaker. Listen to the accent, the intonation, the tone and try and copy it. Because when you speak English, you want to speak automatically without thinking.
When you speak your mother tongue, do you think about it? Probably not.
So that’s what your goal should be with English – to speak automatically without having to think about, what do I say? What tone should it be? What verb do I use?
For example, many non-native speakers have problems with using past participles but I promise you if you say I have eaten, I have eaten, I have eaten, 100 times, 1000 times. Then the next time you say this sentence, you won’t have to think is it I have eat, I have ate, I have eaten. It will just come out of your mouth automatically so make sure you repeat, repeat, repeat all of the phrases and words that you are learning.
Now we have repeated, repeated, repeated. But how do we know we are saying it correctly? My third thing that you should be doing every day is recording yourself.
You can use anything you want – a smartphone or just a microphone but it’s very important that you’re recording yourself and listening to yourself because sometimes when you say something, you might think you sound a little bit different than you actually sound.
Maybe you think you are saying it correctly but maybe you are saying it incorrectly. Sit down, take your smartphone or your microphone and speak. Speak to the camera, speak to the microphone. You can say anything you want. You can talk about your day, you can read a book, you can copy something you’ve heard of the tv or off a movie.
The important thing is that you listen to yourself and then compare it to native speakers and see how do you sound. Do you sound like the native speaker or do you not sound like the native speaker?
This tip is really powerful and it can really help you improve your accent, your pronunciation, your intonation, your tones. Even if you get one percent better every day, this is enough because over a year, you will improve so much!
You can speak like a native speaker but you have to practice correctly.
In English we have an idiom which says perfect practice makes perfect. So if you say something perfectly, many many many times, then you will start to speak perfectly. You can do it, it just takes time. Just make sure you are doing this every single day and you will see you are slowly getting better and better.
That is it for today. Thank you so much for watching. Comment down below and tell me your best tips for improving your English speaking skills. Make sure you hit that subscribe button so you don’t miss any video that can help you understand English like a native speaker. If you like the video, please hit like and share this with your friends who are learning English. And for more English, follow my Instagram and my facebook and I will see you in the next video.