The typical problem that most of the migrants are going through when moving into a new country, especially to English speaking countries, is their poor ability to speak the English language. Considering that most of them are skilled and professionals from their home country, 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 the 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 an in-depth understanding of the real cause of the problem. Ask questions to yourself like, why are you experiencing difficulties or troubles when speaking the 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 to 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 an English speaking country; and for you to fit in, you have to adopt 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 has troubles in grammar. In a 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 speaking and writing skills, check these websites: http://www.grammarly.com.
• Don’t try too hard in imitating the accent of native English speakers
You can’t have an accent overnight. It takes a while and requires a 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 word that you have learned, use it when conversing with your friends and family.
There is useful software from the 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 “word web”, just Google it.
• Improve your listening skills
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 will not able to respond from him. To improve your listening skills, get your ears used to English words by listening to the radio or English songs. Use headset for 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.
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 the English language without any hassle at all.