I grew up speaking English, but I do really know what it’s like to learn to speak a new language as an adult. When I was 19, I started learning how to speak Spanish. I understand how frustrating it can be!
This is why I want to share with you my number one tip for getting more fluent in speaking English.
What it is?
Practice speaking EVERY DAY!
When I started learning Spanish, I only knew how to say a few words. Like maybe five words – seriously. But I used these five words, and every day I learned more. I found someone who only spoke Spanish and had simple, short conversations with him using only the words that I knew.
Before long, I was able to make simple sentences. Maybe they weren’t perfect, but he understood me. That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?
Before you get started – remember: Don’t be afraid to make mistakes! This is the ONLY way to achieve real fluency!
Ways to Practice?
Are you having trouble finding someone to practice with? This can be a big problem and can feel frustrating, I know.
Here are some ideas for finding people to practice with:
1. Get online and try to find American, British, or Australian expat groups that meet locally. You might be able to find some friends that way, or at least find where they go to have fun.
2. Do you have a favorite English movie? This might find silly, but you can “play” a part in the movie. Practice by watching scenes and then writing down only one side of the conversation. (You can pause the movie if they are talking too fast). Then, you can go back to the beginning as many times as you need to, and you can “pretend” that you are in the movie.
3. If you live in a big city with lots of tourists or business travelers, you can volunteer with your city’s chamber of commerce or other organization to help give tours, translate, etc. This is a good way to meet English speakers.
These are just a few ideas that I have for you to try to get more English practice. No matter what, it’s the most important thing that you do in your English learning.
Best of luck, and thanks for coming to this website to learn!