30 March 2020
The most acute question in the study of English (and indeed any foreign language) is its usage in life. “How can I practice, if not only there are no speakers around, but also not everyone speaks more or less good English?” We have some tips to help you.
1. Join a language club
Such clubs are often organized on the basis of common interests - this may be a discussion of films or books. They can be offered at a lower price than usual clases, or even free of charge, bringing together people who, like you, want to maintain or improve their knowledge.
If there are no such clubs in your city or region, why not be the first to create one? And it doesn’t have to be live meetings, they can be easily organized using any messenger without leaving your home.
What exactly you will do and what to talk about depends on the level of participants and your preferences.
You can also organize a similar conversation club with your colleagues or classmates. Then you will surely find common themes!. However, in this case it is better to establish the rules, for example, at least an hour a day you speak only English. Otherwise, laziness is still overpowering, because speaking your native language is much easier.
2. Watch and listen in English
Just do not rush to give us the name Captain Obvious! Yes, of course, it is clear that you need to immerse yourself in the language environment as much as possible. However, how many of you actually do this? Classes with a teacher, learning grammar - all this is very important, but often it grows to the extreme of learning a language as something separate from real life. Fluency and the ability to think in English come to us when we hear live speech. And in this case, it’s the movies, podcasts, songs, favorite videos on youtube that will come to our aid.
As one of the options for listening, we suggest trying BBC SOUNDS (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds) - here you can find many radio programs, podcasts, videos on absolutely any topic.
3. Find a partner for practice
This point is similar to the first one, but, you see, finding only one like-minded person is much easier. How to practice? By phone, through instant messengers, audio messaging. By the way, it is audio messages that can be a good way to improve your conversational skills and listening comprehension, because you can listen to messages again and again until, finally, you do understand everything!
4. Do not forget about pronunciation
It is the wrong pronunciation (and we do not mean the accent) that causes a lot of misunderstandings. Whoever you talk to, if you are not sure how to pronounce the word, or it seems that your opponent is saying something wrong, it is worth checking the correct pronunciation. This can be done in many applications, for example, Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries (https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com).
5. Talk to yourself
This is exactly the practice that will help you start thinking in English and stop translating sentences in your head. Surely many people have a bunch of thoughts in their heads, why not think them through in English?
Doing your house cleaning - describe your actions.
Cooking - Imagine that you are conducting a cooking program.
Making a plan for the day, a shopping list, a mental angry message to neighbors who must have brought an elephant at home - well, you understand how to do it =)
6. Record your speech
Another important tip follows from the previous ona - to record yourself. Why? In order to analyze your mistakes in speech and how you sound. In the head we hear ourselves differently than we actually sound in reality.
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