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Monday, July 25

I CAN SPEAK ENGLISH...!?


The typical problem that most of the migrants are going through when moving to a new country, especially to English speaking countries, is their poor ability to speak English language. Considering that most of them are skilled and professionals from their homecountry, poor communication skills are giving them difficulties to get the job that they wanted.

If you are going through with this problem like of other people who are just starting to learn English language; or if you can read and understand English, but can’t speak -- asses and evaluate yourself thoroughly. To deal with the problem is to have in-depth understanding of the real cause of the problem. Ask questions to yourself like, why you are experiencing difficulties or troubles when speaking English language.

Well, these are just parts of the real problem that you are struggling with to handle. In fact, these are the effects; and the real causes are your  poor mind setting, poor behaviour and poor attitude. To learn things, you need to have an open mind. You should  understand that the essence of communication is to understand and be understood - it is a two-way process.

You should see clearly the changes happening around you and think of ways to adjust on it. If you want to improve your English speaking skills, first have a genuine interest to learn it. Accept the changes and embrace the fact that you are now living in English speaking country; and for you to fit in, you have to adapt the language. Therefore, you should:

THINK ENGLISH
ACT ENGLISH
SPEAK ENGLISH

Read on the effective ways to improve your English speaking skills:

• Don’t focus on grammar rules

You might be surprised, but this is the fact. Unlike in writing, you don’t need to be more serious in grammar rules when speaking. Speaking is more on expressing yourself verbally. It has freedom and no rules. You can use any words depending on your mood or feeling.

You have to understand that even the native English speaker have troubles in grammar. In study, only fractions of English speakers know more than 20% of grammar rules. The more you focus on grammar when speaking English, the more trouble you get in expressing yourself. Just speak out your mind and let it go.

However, if you want to learn more about grammar rules and improve your writing skills, check these websites: http://www.grammar-monster.com/, and  http://www.engvid.com/.

• Don’t try too hard in imitating the accent of native English speakers

You can’t have an accent over night. It takes a while and requires lot of patience and hard work. You have to realise that there is nothing wrong whether you have an Indian accent or Chinese accent. The important thing is, you can speak English clearly and express yourself well. Be yourself.

• Improve your vocabulary

When you are watching TV or reading books and encountering unfamiliar words, check the meaning of the word in the dictionary. It is really helpful to have a handy dictionary with you all the time; and from every new words that you  have learned, use it when conversing with your friends and family.

There are useful softwares from Internet that you can download to your computer, which can be very helpful in checking the meaning of new words. There are websites offering free software download  of “wordweb”, just Google it.

• Improve your listening skills

A poor listening skill is one of the reasons why you can not speak English. When you are talking to someone and can not understand what he is saying, more likely you can not respond from him. To improve your listening skills, get your ears used to English words by listening to radio or English songs. Use headset for a better audio.

• Improve your pronunciation

The best way to improve your pronunciation is to read out loud. Pay attention to yourself and in how you say the word. Look at yourself in the mirror. Observe how you open your mouth and use your tongue. If you are in doubt, check the dictionary and study the right pronunciation of the word.

• PRACTICE

This is the real key in improving your English speaking skills. You have to apply everything you have learned. PRACTICE, PRACTICE and PRACTICE. Eventually you will hear yourself speaking English language without any hassle at all.