Speak English better in 10 easy steps

**Disclaimer** If you want to be fluent in English, these tips should be used in addition to English language classes.

  1. Watch TV! 

Watching TV with subtitles can help in so many ways. It helps with your language comprehension, while also improving your listening and speaking skills.

TV sitcoms are great for beginners. It’s a great way to learn common vocabulary and since they’re usually made up of short episodes, it will be easier to stay focused. Sitcoms usually don’t have a lot of characters, so you will be able to get used to the voices and accents of all the different characters.

Here are the TV sitcoms I recommend:

  • The Office
  • Friends
  • Modern Family
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • The Big Bang Theory

TV series are also a great way to improve your English speaking skills. Episodes may be longer and since the seasons are spread over a long period of time, you will see the stories develop on a deeper level.

Here are the TV series I recommend:

  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • Mad Men
  • Breaking Bad
  • Game of Thrones
  • American Horror Story
  1.  Imitate..

The goal of the imitation technique is turn the vocabulary words you know but cant use in your speech into words you can use in speech. 

Here’s how to use the imitation technique: 

  • Try to imitate your favorite scene from a show or movie, or one of your favorite speeches. 
  • Repeat the same tone and intonation used by the person speaking. 
  • Give yourself time to repeat them by pausing the video in between sentences.
  1. Language Apps 

We’re on our phones all day, so why not use it to learn a new language too?

Language applications should not be used in replace of a language teacher or tutor, but rather as something you can use for more practice.

Whether you’re commuting or have some free time, language applications are a really convenient way to practice a new language.

My favorite FREE apps for learning a new language are DuoLingo and Tandem. 

  1. Podcasts

What do you enjoy? Do you like politics, comedy, business, or true crime? You can find podcasts on almost any genre. Listening is one of the best ways to build up your vocabulary and improve your speaking skills. Choose your favorite podcast shows and start listening!

Here are some that I recommend: 

Political podcasts: 

  • Today Explained 
  • The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Educational/Inspirational 

  • TED Radio Hour 
  • On Purpose with Jay Shetty 

True Crime podcasts: 

  • Serial 
  • Crime Junkie
  1. Speak – a lot!

Speaking is one of the best and fastest ways to become fluent in a new language. The best way to learn English is to speak with a native English speaker. 

  • Do you have friends who speak English? Try practicing with them. 
  • Or, you can use Meetup.com to find language exchanges. During a language exchange, you will be able to converse with a native English speaker who also wants to learn your native language.
  1. Learn more vocabulary

Make flash cards with new vocabulary words. 

  • Write one word on the flashcard. Write its meaning and pronunciation on the back
  • Add context to your flashcards to help you remember the word
    • Where did you first come across this word? Was it from a friend or a movie? Write this on the back of the card. 
    • Write a sentence using the word. You may put the sentence on the back or front of the card to help you remember its meaning.
  • When studying, read the word, definition, and example sentence out loud 
  • Try to study at least 5 words a day. If you do, you’ll learn over 1,800 words a year! 
  1. Books book books!

Best-sellers are likely to be interesting and easy to understand since they appeal to many people. Reading best-seller books is also a great way to read the same books that native-English speakers are also reading. Before selecting your book, choose a genre or category. 

Here are some books I recommend for English language learners:

  • Thriller/Suspense: The Dead Zone by Stephen King 
  • Non-Fiction: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi 
  • Fantasy: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (or any from the series)
  • Drama Novel: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton 
  • Romance Novel: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 
  1. Label items in your home 

A good way to learn new vocabulary is to label items in your home in English. Try labeling your electronics, furniture in your home, items in your kitchen, appliances you use, and any other everyday objects that you would like to learn and memorize. 

  1. Immerse yourself

Living and spending time in an English-speaking country, like the USA or Canada, is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the English language. If you are surrounded by English speakers, it will be easier for you to adjust your accent. It’s a very effective way to improve your speaking skills, build up your vocabulary, and work on your grammar skills.

  1. Learn English with me – Sign up for my English Language classes

I’m an American native English speaker AND certified to teach English to speakers of other languages. For more information on my English language classes, please contact me.

PUBLISHED BY: Christine Jacob | EZenglishinc.com

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