5 tips for speaking English confidently
Have you ever felt nervous when speaking in English? Have you been learning English for months and still don’t feel confident enough to use it in conversation?
Don’t worry, this is a very common problem among foreign speakers of English.
Many people learning English don’t have the opportunity to practice speaking as often as they should or want to because they are afraid of saying something stupid or making a mistake.
Mistakes can happen to everyone, even to native speakers like me.
Some people are just not confident enough and they worry all the time that they are going to say something stupid and that everyone will laugh at them.
So, what do you need to do if you want to improve your English?
If you want to improve your fluency in English and reach a very high level, you need to be more confident in yourself and your abilities.
Think of English as your native language and speak in English as confidently as you are when speaking in your native language.
Practicing how to speak English is very important because it helps you reach a high fluency in English.
People like people who are confident and able to speak in their non-native language.
However, you need to work on all your English skills, including grammar, vocabulary, listening and pronunciation skills.
Then you will feel more confident in your English speaking skills.
So, how can you improve your English speaking skills today?
Here are my 5 tips on how to speak English confidently….
1. Read texts out loud.
The more you practice reading out loud, the better will your pronunciation be.
If you are nervous about speaking in front of others, find a story that you like and read it out loud. While reading it, try to imagine that you are standing in front of many people and read it out to them.
The more you practice this, the more confident will you be next time that you have to speak in front of someone.
2. Join your friends learning English and start an English-speaking club.
If you have some friends learning English, you can start your own club and organize meetings at which you will be talking only in English.
That’s a great way to work on your speaking. You won’t feel embarrassed because you will be surrounded with your friends, not some people you don’t know.
3. Join my Facebook group and find a partner to practice speaking with.
In my Facebook group you have a chance to talk to people all around the world which are also learning English.
Connect with as many people as you wish and use your English every day.
Try to set up a schedule and talk online, for example, on Skype, and use your English.
4. Practice speaking what you hear.
Watch a TV show and practice your speaking. You can pause the video and then repeat what you heard.
This is also a great way to work on your pronunciation. Use the mimicking technique and imitate the sounds that you hear.
Soon you will see that, not also your pronunciation, but also your speaking skills have improved significantly.
5. Join online conversation groups.
There are many websites that enable you to join online conversation groups with both native and non-native speakers.
Try to find a native speaker of English and practice speaking with them.
Practicing speaking with native speakers can be very helpful because they can correct you if you make a mistake, but also, you can learn many new words, idioms or proverbs from them.
Follow these tips to fight your fear of speaking English.
Become more confident today and improve your English fluency.
How do you feel about your English speaking skills?
Do you feel confident enough to speak and hold a conversation in English?
Have you ever been in the same situation as Alfredo, where you were asked to hold a speech in English, but you felt too ashamed and didn’t feel confident enough speaking in English?
Don’t let yourself feel insecure.
Work on your English skills and gain more confidence in your everyday life.
Amaze your colleagues with your abilities of holding a speech in English and speak English confidently!
Remember to practice! PPP (Perfect Practice makes Perfect)
If you do not practice using your English in a natural context, then you will loose your English. It is one thing to be able to know all of these rules, structures and hearing these tips; though another to be using and applying your knowledge!
A common mistake that many English learners make (maybe EVEN YOU!) is that they do not practice! The more you practice, the better you will get. You have to be practicing on a consistent basis, applying your knowledge. Only in this way WILL YOU IMPROVE YOUR SPOKEN ENGLISH.
Speaking with friends, communicating in English on a consistent basis, making mistakes, working on fixing your mistakes and getting feedback on your spoken English will help you identify YOUR common mistakes, work on these mistakes so that you CAN improve your spoken English and communication skills!
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