Saturday, December 1, 2018

How to speak in English? Part 2

Speak English Part2

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Tip 1: How does writing help? (Speak-English)

As part of the RWLS principle of learning English, writing plays a vital role too. However, most learners think how exactly does writing help.

It is important to understand that writing is a way of expression and unless you learn to express, you cannot speak well. Quite a lot of times, learners are aware of some basic grammar principles, yet when it comes to speaking, they fumble since they cannot remember a lot of rules spontaneously.

Here’s where writing comes in.

1. Writing gives more time: Instead of speaking first, if you write down the things that you wish to say at a place or with a person, you will be prepared. As you sit down to write, you will have plenty of time to think of the possible ways of saying what you wish.

2. Writing gets your thoughts out: It is only when you decide to write down your thoughts, you really focus on thinking in English. You think of things that you wish to say and realize that you need to learn how to speak about them. The exercise of writing gets out your thoughts.

3. Writing helps you face fears: There are people who find the past perfect tense in English very difficult. Instead of trying to speak in this tense directly, you can write down say 20 sentences using it. That way, writing will help you face your fears and prepare you for a spontaneous situation.

You can start journaling your days in English. Buy a good diary and start penning down your daily routine or a memorable day etc. Get someone to correct your English and pay attention to corrections. Remember, writing in English will ultimately help you in speaking in English. 

Tip 2: How does listening help? (Speak-English)

For English to come out of your mouth, you will have to feed it with English. 

One of the best possible ways is to expose yourself with as much listening as possible.

1. Listening prepares for understanding: How will you know if you really understand what is being said in English? By listening. Listening gives you a great practice of comprehension. More and more listening in English will improve your understanding.

2. Listening teaches pronunciation: Another obvious advantage of listening to English is you will get a hold of correct pronunciations. As you listen to more and more English words, you will get familiar with the sounds of words.

3. Listening increases vocabulary: After reading, if there is one sure-shot way of adding to vocabulary is listening. Listen to English news channels, travel and lifestyle channels, Hollywood movies and the likes. You will hear newer words.

4. Listening helps develop stock phrases: As you listen to English more, you will hear some questions, phrases, sentences that are often used or repeated. You can make a diary and write down some commonly used questions, phrases etc. You will have your own stock of such phrases, which you can use when you need.

Tip 3: How does speaking help? (Speak-English)

Speaking English begins from the moment you decide to learn it. You don’t need to wait for learning grammar, words, pronunciation etc first before speaking. You can begin by speaking the common stock phrases of well-being, interests, hobbies, favorites etc.

Here’s how speaking helps to learn English:

1. Speaking gives you goals: Unless you start speaking English, you will not understand your specific needs and areas where you require improvement. Starting to speak in English will expose you to your targets of learning.

2. Speaking helps pronunciation: As you speak, you will know the challenges of pronouncing certain words. Do check the correct pronunciation and use it while speaking.

3. Speaking adds to confidence: There is no greater joy in learning English then knowing that you finally got it right. The more you speak, the more confidence you will become in speaking.

4. Speaking removes hesitation: Speaking helps you face your biggest fears of hesitation. Once you start speaking, the hesitation will disappear.

Tip 4: How to read? (Speak-English)

By now, it must have got quite clear and established in your mind that reading is crucial to your progress with English.  For the beginners who have never really read anything apart from course books, reading can be practically challenging.

Here are some tips to help you read.

What should you read?

Go for things that interest you. For instance, if you like cricket, always read cricket news in an English newspaper every day. Buy and read magazines/blogs of your interest like cinema, sports, technology, fashion, motivation etc. Reading English cartoon strips is also a good idea.

What kind of books should you read?

The same principle applies here too as mentioned before. First, understand your interest. Are you someone who likes stories? Then go for short story books meant for kids. Do you want to be inspired? Then read biographies like Steve Jobs or Autobiographies of people like Mahatma Gandhi, Adolf Hitler, Pandit Nehru, Nelson Mandela etc or motivational books like You Can Win by Shiv Khera etc. Similarly, you can read on technology, Internet, Science, Biology, Literature etc based on your liking.

What if reading bores you?

This is a common problem and no need to feel bad about it. Initially, everything bores you. But after you pick up something that is of your interest, the boredom will evaporate after a few pages. And no matter how much boredom you feel in the beginning, stick to your daily target of reading like 5-10 pages etc. Just keep your eyes on the target.

What if you don’t understand what you read?

It is okay not to understand everything. But say in a single page, there will be things that you will understand and relate to. You will come across familiar words. You will get some sentences that you have heard before. We suggest you start with vocabulary. If you want, you can write down the meanings of new words that you find in the first three pages and then start reading. But you need to control this habit later on because looking up the dictionary while reading kills all the fun. Focus on the overall meaning instead of just words.

Tip 5: What to hear? (Speak-English)

Listening is another crucial part of learning English faster. 

The question is what can you hear.

1. English Songs: When you download English songs, make sure you also Google for their lyrics. Listening to English songs over and over will increase the volume of English going into your mind.

2. English News: Go for English news that interests you. If you are fond of sports, listen to only the sports news. It is likely that you will find English news very difficult to understand. But if you listen to what interests you, it can help listen better.

3. Hollywood Movies: For listening practice, try watching Hollywood movies and television series with subtitles. It is okay to pause and go back if you don’t understand. Follow interesting television series such as Friends, Vampire Diaries, Lost, Mad Men etc. Watch at least one episode every day. This means you can give yourself a listening exposure of 30-40 minutes every day.

4. Cricket Commentary: Another sure-shot way to encourage listening habit is to listen to cricket commentary in English. Almost every other sports channel in India has an old/new cricket match running. Change your television settings in your set-top box to English.

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