Sunday, December 9, 2018

How to speak in English? Part 5

Speak English

Tip 1: How do phrases help in fluency? (Speak English)

Many people who know English grammar also struggle with fluency issues. It is hard to get fluency in English if you don’t practice.  One of the keys in being able to speak English fluently is to know some stock phrases.

By stock phrases, we mean to phrase that you have learned by heart. These stock phrases don’t require a lot of thinking and can be posted in a given situation when needed.

Phrases can be as simple as: How are you? Or I am good at Math.

Now see how many more sentences can be made just be these two:

Sentences from ‘How are you’ phrase-

  • How are things?
  • How are your friends?
  • How are cities in England?
  • How are your family members?
  • How are his cousins?
  • How is she?
  • How are they?
  • How is Rahul?

Sentences from ‘I am good at’-

  • I am good at communication.
  • I am good at learning new things.
  • I am good at grasping.
  • I am good at sports

Remember that when you learn two words or two phrases and use them in your language intentionally, this will add to your fluency. However, if you learn too many phrases and words but never use them, they will always be wasted.

Thus focus on using these phrases as much as possible. Maintain a diary or make a mental note of English sentences or phrases that you already know. Now see if you can make more sentences, questions based on the stock phrases.

If you hear someone use a new phrase, immediately ask him/her the meaning of it and make a mental note to use them as soon as possible.

These phrases will go a long way into increasing your fluency since you don’t have to think a lot about grammar while speaking them.


Tip 2: The power of Audio Blogging (Speak English)

  • It’s a world of Youtube. We live in a culture where even music is watched more than heard. And this where we make a mistake in learning. Listening is an equally important exercise for learning English.
  • But we have already said that before. Here we introduce you to another form of listening exercise. It is called audio blogging.
  • Audio blogging refers to the recording of your voice in English and listens to it. You may record your daily routine or an experience like adventure sports etc that you have done before. Once you have done the recording, listen to it. Ask someone who knows English to correct your errors.
  • Once you have noted down the errors, you can now record the same piece again. But this time you must incorporate all the corrected sentences. Now listen to the recording over and over. You will still find many things to correct. Such as– your pronunciation or the volume of your voice or the pace of your speaking.
  • This is called introspection in which you analyze yourself and your own progress. Audio blogging is a very interesting and fun way to keep a track of your progress in English while correcting yourself.
  • You can convert Youtube videos into just audios by only listening to them without watching. This way you will have plenty of English listening without getting distracted by the video.

Remember, by listening and recording, you increase the volume of English in your life. This is vital for learning.

Tip 3: Is accent important? (Speak English)

No, an accent is not important at all in learning to speak in English. You must focus more on correct pronunciation. Imagine yourself attempting an American accent with bad pronunciation and incorrect English!

 Focusing on accent too much has several disadvantages:

  • An accent is often artificial: Unless you were born in Britain or America, you will have an absolutely Indian accent. When you copy a British or American accent, you may sound artificial, which can have a bad impression.
  • Accent shifts focus: Accent shifts your focus from learning to speak English to trying to show off. Have you ever heard some Non-residential Indians? They often try to ape the American accent and fail miserably. If you do the same, you will appear foolish and lose your focus on learning.
  • An accent is an accent: Learn to embrace the accent you are born with. You will sound your most natural self when you just speak the way you are. When you adopt an accent, it will sound like an accent and will not be natural.

Practice pronunciation as much as you can. Install dictionary applications on your phone with audio pronunciation facility. Listen to a lot of English news.

Tip 4: Can I learn English without grammar? (Speak English)

This is often a tricky question. The answer is both yes and no. Yes, you can learn English without focusing too much on grammar. And no, you cannot reach advanced English speaking unless you learn some grammar.

A few tips may help you overcome the grammar-related hurdle:

  • Learn phrases first: Stock as many phrases as possible in your vocabulary. Take simpler ones such as ‘ I am fine’. Now think of making as many variables of this as possible like She is fine. He is fine. We are fine. They are okay. She is not good. Etc. If you have 1000 English phrases, you will learn functional English.
  • Get survival topics: Learn in English how to say the basic things such as your introduction, your daily routine, how did you spend last week, what will you do next month etc. These will help you survive in English in the beginning and will become the basis for learning more.
  • Memorize some things: You will have to keep in your English Stock, some readymade phrases to paste whenever need be. For example, if someone says ‘Nice meeting you’, you should know to respond to it with ‘Same here’ or ‘Likewise’.

Eventually, you will have to learn a few basic grammar structures in English if you want to make further progress. However, instead of getting too technical with English grammar, you should focus on applied grammar.

Tip 5: Should I translate from Hindi? (Speak English)

  • Your first language will always be a great influence on your secondary language i.e English. A native Tamil speaker will think in Tamil in order to make sense with English sentence structures. While this is inevitable, this is often a bad idea too.
  • English must be learned with its culture and structures without comparison. For example, if you know the basic sentence structure of English (Subject-Verb-Object), you will always think in this way without comparing it with Hindi, Marathi, Tamil or whichever is your first language.
  • The best way is to start memorizing English phrases for survival. As a result, you will not try to think in your native language and translate. Based on some memorized structures, you can create more and more English sentences without switching to your native language.
  • Reading in English will play a key role in removing thoughts in your native language and then there will be no need for translation. Whenever you have an urge to translate, pick up something to read in English. It will motivate you to think in English.


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