Seven Fun Ways to Practice Speaking English
“How do I improve my English speaking skills?”
Whether you’re new to a language or have been learning it for some time, practice makes perfect. No, we’re not talking about reading text books or reciting long pieces of set text, we think that practising a language should be fun! So, put those classroom materials away and check out our seven fun ways to practice English speaking.
- Think in English
FluentU’s top tip to improve your English speaking skills is to think in English. How does this help? Well, if you’re already thinking in English, you don’t have to waste time translating your thoughts from your native tongue.
- Singalong to British Music
We may be a little biased, but we think that Britain hosts some of the best musical artists in the world. That’s right, we’re talking about singing superstars such as Adele, Ed Sheeran, Robbie Williams and Phil Collins! So, whack on the stereo and practice speaking English while you singalong to some of Britain’s best.
- Act Out your Favourite Movie or TV Series
OK, so maybe we like our technology a little too much. But hey ho, another great way to practice speaking English is to act out your favourite British movie or TV series. If you’re still new to the language, rather than throw yourself in at the deep end, pop the subtitles on and try repeating the lines of an English-speaking children’s film such as Mary Poppins or Chicken Run.
- Switch Up Those Language Settings
We all spend a great proportion of our time on our phones chatting with our friends or browsing social media. To make the most out of this time, switch the language settings on your phone and social media accounts to English.
- Try Tongue Twisters
How can a clam cram in a clean, cream can?
Difficult to say right? Even us Brits find these tongue twisters devilishly difficult to say. However, stick with them and you’ll soon see your pronunciation skills improve.
Once you’ve mastered the example above, try saying some of these other tongue twisters.
- Join a Club
Improve your fluency and conversational skills by signing up to a club. Whether you’re into reading, sailing, boxing or drawing, join an English-speaking club and watch your English improve while engaging in your favourite hobby.
- Schedule in Some Public Speaking
OK, so some of us may not find public speaking ‘fun’, but it will help you to boost those English speaking skills, we promise!
If you’re not a confident public speaker, and let’s be honest, who is? Check out our powerful public speaking tips.
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