Practice makes perfect, but sometimes it can be difficult to find somebody to practice your spoke English with – when you speak to friends it is too easy to slip back into your native tongue and finding a specific person just to practice English with can be difficult and awkward. Luckily, there are a few ways that you can get used to speaking English all by yourself.
Here are a few of our favourite methods for practising your English without a speaking partner.
It may feel silly at first, but it is essentially just the same as speaking to somebody – you can practice pronunciation and just putting together sentences in English without the pauses you can take when writing. Speak your thoughts out loud, practice conversations, or just read out loud.
One of the hardest parts of speaking in a new language is thinking how to phrase things – you cannot be truly fluent in a particular language until you think in it, otherwise you will always be translating from one language to another, which makes speech slow and laboured. You don’t need to think in English all the time – just try to have times of the day when you go through things in English, or just when you are doing chores and don’t need to concentrate on anything in particular. When you have a mental ‘to do’ list, try making it English and go from there!
Consuming media in English – whether you are watching a show or reading an article – is a great way to practice the language. Take it to the next level by either reading out loud or repeating phrases from the show or film afterwards. It can get you used to the way sentences are formed and you can also practice pronunciation.
Tongue twisters are difficult even for native English speakers, so do not be disheartened if you struggle with it. However, they are a great way to practice repetitive sounds. Why not start with Peter Piper picked a pack of pickled peppers?
Vocal and elocution exercises are not as difficult as tongue twisters, but are specifically put together so that you can get used to putting certain sounds together or just perfecting a particular sound. There are plenty of ideas and videos online to try out.
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