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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.

24 comments:

  1. I've surfed the net more than three hours today, and your blog was the coolest of all. Thanks a lot, it is really useful to me

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  2. Hi GED online,

    Thanks for your comment. It feels great to know that my blog helps you, especially this post. This is really the heart of my blog, to reach out and help people -- to share inspiring thoughts and ideas that would make them feel good and happy.

    Cheers!

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  3. I think speaking a language is as important as writing it, or in whatever you do, do your best. Although it may take time to perfect speaking English, it is best to try it without the "bahala na" way of thinking. Great points, these are also beneficial to those who can speak the language well...

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    1. Yes, speaking is important as writing. But for a non native speaker, if you'll stick yourself on the rule to communicate with native speaker, you'll find in disappointing and frustrating. Just take this, man learns to speak first before to write...Remember the, baby words..baba!! wahh!!..therefore, learning foreign language is like learning baby language. It takes time but, by learning and practicing you'll get there soon..In writing, rules come in. Remember the strokes to write letters? Hope this makes sense :)

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  4. This is very good article and very informative. Thank you for sharing, in my country I am glad that mostly people tried their very best to speak in English when they see foreigners so they can exchange words with the person. Although the grammar is not way too perfect but they tried.

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    1. Thanks nova hedges. it's good to learn other languages, especially English language. Well, this can be learned like other languages. People just need to have interest on it, otherwise, it will go no where.





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  5. I agree, practice always makes it better.

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    1. Yes, Chubskulit Rose..Practice makes everything perfect..I was also a dumb in English ;)

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  6. You're s right. Just speak English everyday and it helps to improve your English.

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    1. Absolutely, mhie@smark. Just don't hesitate to speak English.

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  7. wow this is good i mysel still dont know how to speak english fluently though most of australians i've encountered they always tells me that i have a amercan accent when speaking to them. My friends back in singapore speak english in barok and they use Singlish accent which is more than easier.

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    1. Yes, MaryJane Tauyan. It depends on your location or country. If your country is mostly influenced by American, you are more likely to sound like them when you speak English language.

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  8. I think in the mastery of any language, study and practice are the two most critical deciding factors.

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    1. Yes, Teresa Martinez. It means, you must have a genuine interest to learn the language. If you want to learn, take it seriously.

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  9. True, grammar is not so important here when communicating with local people. I learned that as long as you speak clearly and with the right volume, you won't have a problem talking to people.

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    1. Yes, i had noticed it here in Australia too. They have heaps of slang words that will make new comers crazy. Just like in Philippines, they call it "salitang bakla"..ooops, no offense...And yeah right, if you are new comer from other country, people will understand if you can't speak English fluently. It takes time to get used to it..I've seen heaps who are opting to use sign language instead..and this makes me feel that I'm still lucky that I came from a country where English language is also part of our communication.

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  10. I also agree with Sis Teresa's thought. to learn or be fluent in any language or dialect, one has to find ways to communicate with those using said language.

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    1. Absolutely, papaleng. From them, you'll learn new English words which broadens up your vocabulary as well. Just don't get yourself be overcome with shyness. Speaking with English speaker won't kill you, after all :)..Just take this in your mind. If you think that you can't speak English, think that they can't speak your language too...It's normal to make mistakes because it's not your main language.

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  11. Thanks for the great tips! I think practice will really help us improve in speaking other languages.

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    1. You're welcome, Candyz Nikka. Yes, just keep on speaking English! :)

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  12. I agree with the tip of not trying too hard to imitate the way of speaking. Aside from it's annoying, I think it will just blow their chances. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You got it Algene..trying hard to imitate foreign accent is awkward. just be yourself, you are more safe there.

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  13. Good tips. Speaking is definitely different from writing. You will be surprised though. Some Americans also have bad grammar when speaking.

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  14. Yes, Tingting R..Most of them are not good in spelling..Here in Australia, I was surprised to witness native speakers who can't construct a good phrase or even spell a simple word...It's just a skin colour, we are still far better from them when it comes to writing a simple letter ;)

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