More than 14 million Filipinos can speak in English. That’s one reason why the Philippines has been regarded as the top voice outsourcing destination in the world. Do you want to stand out by speaking better English?
There’s no easy way to do this perfectly. But below are some creative and fun tips that might help you speak English better without spending money on formal education.
1. Make Thinking in English a Habit
Sometimes, the difficulty in speaking in English isn’t the speaking part itself but rather, thinking of what to say in your native language and translating it in English. Practice yourself to think in English whether you’re deciding what clothes to wear or planning your day ahead. Then, you no longer have to always translate between languages!
2. Practice Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Communication in English
When talking to someone or just yourself, always speak in English. Don’t shy away from opportunities to master the language. Don’t be afraid for someone to correct your mistakes and don’t slack off when you’re alone. Everyday is a chance for you to learn. Try speaking your thoughts out loud too!
3. Don’t be intimidated with Rules of Grammar
Have you ever stopped in the middle of a discussion because you were thinking about your sentence’s compliance to subject-verb agreement? When speaking in English, the more you concern yourself about grammar errors, the less confident you will sound and the less comfortable you will become. Challenge yourself in front of the mirror to speak your thoughts without stuttering.
Focus on fluency! This way, you’ll be able to put across your message clearly and people will understand you better. You can apply the correct rules anyway as you learn them better.
4. Exercise the Art of Imitation
Are you fond of watching English movies or TV shows? Take advantage of this to boost your fluency! Memorize a short part of your favorite English movie and repeat the lines out loud. Just make sure you do this in your room or somewhere private. :)
5. Sing along with your favorite US recording artist
Did you notice that singers are often good English-speakers as well? That’s because they have mastered memorizing English words through their songs. Try memorizing your favorite Taylor Swift jam and any other song that you’re into. This will help you become more fluent in English.
6. Try recording yourself while speaking in English
If you have extra 10 minutes per day, why not record yourself while speaking in English? This may seem odd at first but it will help you become more comfortable to speak the language even in front of other people.
7. Have fun with tongue twisters!
Tongue twisters are a fun yet challenging way to practice and improve your English pronunciation and fluency. Challenge yourself with these tongue twisters for kids. You can do this alone at home or battle it out with your best buddy!
8. Tell a story in English
Do you know an interesting story in Tagalog? Test your English speaking skills by telling this story to your friends in the English language. Keep in mind to think in English and speak fluently instead of correctly. This activity will help you gain confidence to speak better English in public.
9. Create your spiel for common specific situations
What is your purpose for learning to speak in English better? Are you preparing for a job interview? Are you migrating to another English speaking country? Or do you simply want to impress your boss? Whatever is the case, you must prepare for these specific or common situations beforehand. Write down scenarios that you might likely encounter and practice what to say. You’ll certainly feel more confident if you’re prepared!
10. Just relax
If you’re in a situation where you need to speak in English, just relax it. The more nervous you are, the more mistakes you’re likely commit. The more doubtful you become, the more it will show through your words or action.
There are a lot of ways to speak English better. If you don’t have anyone to talk to in English, there’s no excuse to rest on your laurels. By following these creative activities, you can master fluency even on your own time.
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