Speaking Tips & Tricks:

Number- 01. Watch a native English speaker’s mouth on television. Note what shapes it makes and try to copy them. Listen out for characteristic “English’’ sounds and copy them too.

Number- 02. Talk to yourself in the mirror. Sing your favourite songs in English to copy the native speaker sounds.

Number- 03. Talk to yourself (silently!) on the bus. Have a set of general topics to choose from and take a new one each day. (For example: your family, hobbies, favourite film, last holiday, job, ambitions, three wishes) Try to think in English. Ask yourself: How would I say that in English? How could I explain that idea to an English speaker?

Number- 04. Make a new friend by asking a native speaker you know to help you with something in English you don’t understand. Give yourself a reason to talk to him or her. Just keep your questions simple and don’t expect your friend to know their English grammar as well as you do!

Number- 05. Set up a conversation group with other students and meet regularly to talk in English. Phone each other to practise English. Go out shopping or get together at the weekend. If you are preparing for an oral exam/interview, ask one friend to practise the interview with you and another to listen and give you constructive feedback on your performance. Then swap roles so you get a chance to be interviewer and examiner too.
Number- 06. Keep your conversations on topics you are familiar with. If you don’t know what to say, change the subject or keep quiet until you feel you can contribute easily again.

Number- 07. Write some familiar conversation topics on cards. Take a card and speak about the topic for two minutes. Record yourself and then listen, checking for things you could improve. Next time you take the same card, can you speak more confidently?

Number- 08. Learn some routines in English; sentences which you need again and again. Practise so that you can say them in conversation without having to worry.

Number- 09. Notice how native speakers use the language. For example; What noises do they make when they are thinking? How do they take turns to speak? What happens to their voices when they get angry or embarrassed? Also notice how they use their bodies to send signals while they are talking. What movements and facial expressions do they use? How often do they smile? Do they only smile in certain situations or with certain people? All these things are just as important as the words they use. Try to become aware of how native speakers behave and copy them. If you do this, native speakers will think you are using the language very naturally although your actual speaking ability may not be any better.

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