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10 Ways to Improve the Way You Speak English

by Tiffany

Many deserving candidates often lose out on jobs because they might be a bit difficult to understand. The better you communicate with those your work with, the more effective and successful you will be at your job and in your daily life interacting with people!

But how do you train yourself to do so?

Through practice, you can soon learn to speak English as comfortably and easily as your native tongue. Incorporate these tips into your daily life. As with anything in life, the more you practice something the proper way, the better you will become at it. Here are several tips to improve your English speaking skills.

1. Observe the mouth movements of those who speak English well and try to imitate them.

When you are watching television or watching people in real life converse, observe the mouth movements of the speakers. Repeat what they are saying, while imitating the intonation and rhythm of their speech. Great television shows which reflect everyday English conversation are Friends, Seinfeld and The Simpsons.

2. Listen to English music, television and movies to get familiar with the language sounds.

This is an extremely helpful and fun way to improve your English. Also listen to the volume of their voices depending on the situation. Remember that loud volume can sometimes indicate aggressiveness or anger in certain situations. Watch the English news on television channels like CNN (for American English) or the BBC (If you wish to study British English). The news is very helpful because their speech must be clear, concise and objective - however, keep in mind they do not hold a great amount of emotion in their voices because of this.

3. Use the dictionary.

Try and familiarise yourself with the phonetic symbols of your dictionary. Look up the correct pronunciation of words that are hard for you to say. Write down words and their definitions in a notebook for future reference - it may come in handy!

4. Make a list of frequently used words that you find difficult to pronounce and ask someone who speaks the language well to pronounce them for you.

Record these words, listen to them and practice saying them. Listen and read at the same time.

5. Buy books on tape.

Record yourself reading some sections of the book. Compare the sound of your English with that of the person reading the book on the tape.

6. Pronounce the ending of each word.

Pay special attention to '-s' and '-ed' endings. This will help you strengthen the mouth muscles that you use when you speak English.

7. Read aloud in English for at least 15 minutes every day.

Research has shown it takes about three months of daily practice to develop strong mouth muscles for speaking a new language. Find something you enjoy reading - especially if it has a lot of dialogue, and read it aloud. Even if you don't speak aloud, reading as many English books as possible will increase your vocabulary and knowledge of sentence structure. Make sure when you read these books that you understand what the author is trying to say.

8. Record your own voice and listen for pronunciation mistakes.

Many people hate to hear the sound of their voice and avoid listening to themselves speak. However, this is a very important exercise because doing it will help you become conscious of the mistakes you are making.

9. Be patient.

You can change the way you speak but it won't happen overnight. People often expect instant results and give up too soon. You can change the way you sound if you are willing to put some effort into it.

10. Know which version of English you intend to speak.

Various versions of the English language exist. Begin by identifying the category you fall into and start by improving the clarity of your speech.

What else?

As a overall and final note, I would recommend for you to simply practice and repeat. Having conversations with others in English is quite helpful because you refresh your memory on what you know, and you learn new things as well. When my mother didn't know what a word meant or how it was pronounced, she would ask me the meaning and to pronounce it. Then she would whisper it to herself repeatedly after this. This helps to strengthen your memory.

Immersing yourself in English-speaking culture is a good way to appreciate the understand the English language without losing a sense of your own identity and culture. Don't forget that you can embrace both!

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    Chhay Lam
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    Chhay LamFri, 10 Oct 2014 07:35:35 -0000

    How can I get to there? everything is nothing for me, my standard of living is poor.

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    Chhay LamFri, 10 Oct 2014 07:04:23 -0000

    It is great steps for me in order to imitate your steps. I appreciate your good ideas much. I believe that I will achievable these tips.

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    deepbillore25Tue, 24 Dec 2013 06:03:48 -0000

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    RajendraprasaddayaWed, 02 Oct 2013 07:09:40 -0000

    Thanks for your tips. Very like to say and learn english language.But my brain memory power too small. Study is very like person me, but my situation sad.

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    jen_coFri, 20 Sep 2013 13:55:30 -0000

    You may also try online learning communities and software programs for pronunciation. http://saundz.com/ is particularly designed for non-natives who have problems with pronunciation.

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    abdulfathahMon, 16 Sep 2013 13:13:44 -0000

    Is any body can suggest writing english tips and speak as native speak. Its my dream ……………

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    ChandansinghCSEFri, 30 Aug 2013 15:34:42 -0000

    Really Nice this is…!! You suggested us very nicely and effectively. I am working on this milestone.

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    Heegan2Thu, 01 Aug 2013 16:05:38 -0000

    Great. very useful tips, i have been doing some of the steps u presented. Sir there is one tip which i usually practise and which is not in ur tips that is ' speak ur self ' i think it is very good because if u talk ur self, it will be easier 4 u to speak others. However thanks a lot the way u motivated me to speak English.

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    BadsaahSun, 16 Jun 2013 18:30:32 -0000

    Really great appearance….i'll also try to this tips and want to acheive a well speaker

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    innocent yusufTue, 21 May 2013 16:46:35 -0000

    i thank you so much for your contribution about this tip in fact am pursue english as a career in my life becouse is theonly popullar languageto communicate for now i love it

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    metroWed, 08 May 2013 11:01:18 -0000

    Its superb tips for learning english…………these tips follows in my life.

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    English speaking just seems abcd now
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    English speaking just seems abcd now Sun, 17 Mar 2013 09:44:12 -0000

    Sirji it was a nice experience to take a review of ur article it dosent only make ma confident high on maself but also now i am eager to learn more english.but sirji i want to speak a good english that i can speak professionaly in ma office with ma clients nd boss help mee.

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    junihoThu, 07 Feb 2013 13:04:56 -0000

    i so much cherish ur tips to help people eradicate bad pronounciation and imbibe good ways in english speaking kudos to u guy.

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    red_colorThu, 07 Feb 2013 04:05:47 -0000

    It is realy a good tips 4 those who want to speak english.

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    RonjonFri, 28 Dec 2012 16:06:20 -0000

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    singhnarenWed, 05 Dec 2012 15:07:02 -0000

    it's really effected and i like it.

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    salah arrisThu, 08 Nov 2012 09:14:27 -0000

    thank you so much i think it's very helpful for me.

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    ankush_992Thu, 08 Nov 2012 07:52:12 -0000

    great tips i am using such good tips…..

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    gudaiWed, 24 Oct 2012 21:33:35 -0000

    very very good and best tips to learning and speaking english.

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    abufatiaMon, 01 Oct 2012 13:00:39 -0000

    I realy need tips on how I'll speak good and confident

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    HequeleTue, 10 Jul 2012 16:21:01 -0000

    these tips are the best!

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    akshy_87Thu, 10 May 2012 07:25:37 -0000

    English is cover to all your weak way side and tips for learning gathering conceal quality which is vanishing in fog.

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    pranavreddyThu, 29 Mar 2012 18:08:49 -0000

    actually i do flw these things in my daily life.i hav learnt smthng more out of this.thank u 4 this these r really hlpful for a student like me.

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    RobinhmorphSat, 28 Jan 2012 16:09:06 -0000

    Great and useful tips, all of them. I actually I´ve been practicing creating myself situations, I mean, conversations about some issue or situation (my friends think that I´m crazy for talking with myself haha) and when I have any doubt over some situation, I talk with my friends brian or marc, they solve all my doubs specially with slang phrases.

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    RobinhmorphSat, 28 Jan 2012 16:04:18 -0000

    Great and useful tips, all of them. I actually I´ve been practicing creating myself situations, I mean, conversations about some issue or situation (my friends think that I´m crazy for talking with myself haha) and when I have any doubt over some situation, I talk with my friends brian or marc, they solve all my doubs specially with slang phrases.

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    shammunishaMon, 09 Jan 2012 04:16:54 -0000

    Now ly i saw the msg……..i follow the tips in my life time……………

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    rajesh_rajFri, 09 Dec 2011 13:56:23 -0000
    I like too much tips of speaking, Thanks for getting these tips

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    Fri, 11 Nov 2011 08:27:35 -0000

    hi nice describe about the lea-ringing of English

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