Learn How to Speak English Fast with these 27 Tips

Learning how to speak English is a tough task, but it’s certainly not impossible. Below we’ve got a list of resources and tips that will help you learn to speak English faster and better and help you to eventually become fluent.

The overall key is to practice consistently, and never give up!

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How to Learn to Speak English:

1. Improve your English listening.

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After students begin to study, listening is one of the first things they start to master. The more you listen, the more you’ll start to passively learn vocabulary and grammar. Over time you can use what you learn from listening while you speak English. Also, to be part of a conversation, listening skills are essential.

  • Listen to audiobooks.
  • Watch movies and television in English.
  • Check out English videos on YouTube.
  • Listen to English podcasts.
  • Listen to music in English.

2. Master important English grammar points.

Some English grammar can be learned in just one sitting. Other English grammar points need to be studied intensively. Below we’ve got the ones you’ll need to spend some time on. Study these grammar items carefully, then practice using them when you speak English. Over time they’ll become natural.

Over time they’ll become natural, and you’ll start to use them without thinking about it when you’re speaking.

3. Practice your English conversation skills.

For most English language learners, the ultimate goal is being able to hold a conversation in English. The best way to do this is to actually engage in real conversations as much as possible. This may seem hard if you live in an area where there aren’t many native English speakers around, but the internet has made much easier to accomplish.

We’ve got some resources and tips to help you learn to speak English online and in-person.

4. Practice writing in English.

Writing gives you a chance to produce the English language, as you would while speaking English, but in a more controlled way, where it’s easier to see your mistakes. You can write out something that you’d want to say, and use a dictionary to find the words you want to use, and a guide to check you grammar. It’s key to learning to speak English well.

It’s key to learning to speak English well.

  • Try answering questions on Quora.
  • Write a paragraph, read it out loud, revise, repeat.
  • Rewrite paragraphs written by native English writers.
  • Try the Hemmingway App.
  • Read more.
  • Take English writing classes.

5. Speak English with better pronunciation.

If you want to be understood when you speak English, you need to work on your pronunciation. Here are a couple of quick tips that will help you out with that. The older you are, the more difficult it typically is to master pronunciation, but with practice, you can get it. You may never lose your accent, but you can pronounce the words well enough to be understood.

You may never lose your accent, but you can pronounce the words well enough to be understood.

  • Listen to and imitate poets from the Poetry Foundation.
  • Watch how English speakers move their mouths, and imitate in the mirror.
  • Use tongue twisters to get a pronunciation workout.
  • Listen to natural English conversations and get transcripts here.
  • Take English pronunciation classes.

Frequently Asked Questions about Speaking English:

Are spoken English words different from words used in written English?

Yes. As with many languages, people tend to speak less formally than they write. English speakers usually use a lot more phrasal verbs when they speak, and then tend to use slang and contractions that they don’t often write, such as “gonna” in place of “going to,” and “ain’t” in place of “am not.”

How can I practice speaking in English when I live in a country with few English speakers?

This used to be a bigger problem before the internet. Now you can connect with anyone, anywhere in the world with Skype, Whatsapp, Google Hangouts and other online communication tools. There are many schools that teach online, speaking exchanges, and ways you can use social media to meet others near you who want to practice speaking English.

If I learn USA English, will I be able to understand someone who speaks UK English?

It may be hard when you’re first learning, and even after you’ve studied for a while, it can be hard to understand someone with a different accent at first. But usually after a little adjustment, you’ll understand. If you’re worried about it, try listening to podcasts with accents that you’re not familiar with.

Any tips for how to speak English fluently?

  • Dedicate time to study every day.
  • Take classes that include a lot of conversation.
  • Read in English a little every day.
  • Listen to podcasts or audio books in English every day.
  • Take your next vacation in an English speaking country.
  • Change the settings on your computer and phone to English.
  • Be patient. Getting fluent in Englsh takes time.

Can I learn Learn English speaking only, or do I need to study?

I’ve heard of people who learned how to speak English only by speaking, and this is definitely how young children learn before they can read or write. But I think that at least some study will help you learn much faster than if you just try to learn English speaking only.

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