Speaking English seems to be a nightmare for you? Read our top 10 tips on how to speak English fluently and confidently! Be the best English speaker now.
English has become an essential aspect of everyday life. From building necessary personality traits to getting your dream job, you can not go without English (at least in India and many western economies).
Well, any language cannot be mastered overnight. It is a long and slow process which needs to be worked upon continuously. Since Rome was not built in a day, how can you expect to speak fluent English within a couple of days?
So, forget about those ‘quacks’, coaching classes and their advertisements which claim,
“Sirf 48 ghante me angrezi bolna sikhiye!!”.
Sometimes they reduce the duration from 48 hours to 24 hours. Incredible! Isn’t it?
English learning classes only teach you to memorise formal English so that you can pass written tests.
How to Speak English Fluently and Confidently ?
Save your money and time, we bring you top 10 tips that will help you in gaining fluency in speaking the English language.
Note: We don’t claim that you’ll master English in 24 or 48 hours through these tips. We are not in that business.
#1. Observe the elements
When a child starts learning to talk, it involves three fundamental steps, i.e., observe, listen and speak. English is everywhere; you need to start perceiving.
To master the art of fluent English, you need to develop an environment of English around you. This can be achieved by reading English newspapers and magazines, watching English channels and most importantly speaking English with everyone around you.
To speak fluent English, you can start with reading. Read a variety of articles which should include topics from different genres such as economics, political, entertainment, research, medicine, spiritual, etc. Read articles from a variety of sources.
In this process, you will come across many new words. Try learning them and use them in everyday life. These new words will help you in pushing the limits of your vocabulary.
You cannot speak fluent English without confidence. Confidence comes with knowledge. Hence, it is significant to brush up your grammar concepts. Grammar is required to speak correct English, but confidence will build up with usage. Try speaking English without worrying that the grammar is proper or not.
Do not forget that even fluent English speakers seldom make grammatical mistakes. You learn by making mistakes, and speaking in English is no exception.
Remember, the correct pronunciation is the key to fluency. Thus, learn from different sources, with the help of online videos, news channels, radio, etc. Pronunciation can be mastered with two crucial components which are ‘listen’ and ‘speak’. Try to match the speed, tone and the accent.
Hence, you have to focus on the following elements to speak English fluently and confidently:
#2. Think in English
The ability to speak English fluently means that you can express your feelings, ideas and thoughts clearly. You’ll find that English is more useful in your everyday life if you study full phrases, rather than just verbs and vocabulary.
Start by thinking about phrases you use in your native language and then try learning them in English. It is always helpful in trying learning from everyone around. Avoid direct translations. Translating directly to English from your native language can have disastrous effects. At times, it kills the message needed to be delivered by entirely changing the meaning of the sentence.
Make this whole process a part of your daily routine. Whenever you are free or alone, you can practice speaking English with your favourite person, i.e. yourself.
Try to think in English about your everyday routine and also speak it out loud. Even if there is no one to correct you, you will inevitably start getting comfortable with English.
It is essential to focus on your fluency instead of concentrating on grammar initially. Make notes of how often you stop while speaking in English. The more you halt, the more uncomfortable you become which lowers down your confidence.
Thus, try improving your fluency and do not worry about the grammar. You can get hold of the Grammar once you get comfortable with the language. The main focus should be that you should be understood and while you speak fluently, you sound better.
#3. Correct pronunciation
To work on your word pronunciations, you can try some tongue twisters. Tongue twisters are a series of words that are difficult to say quickly, for example,
‘thirty-three thieves thought that they thrilled the throne throughout Thursday’.
Tongue twisters like these will help in finding a correct replacement of your mouth and tongue and will also greatly assist in word pronunciation.
To speak fluent English understanding of correct pronunciation is vital. While learning the pronunciation of difficult words you would notice that one word consists of two to three syllables. Thus, pay attention to stressed sounds.
English uses stresses in words as well as in sentences. Therefore, one needs to stress or emphasise certain syllables and words to give words and sentences different meaning.
Focus and listen to native speakers of English and observe where do they place emphasise when they speak. Learn and repeat the same way. Aforementioned will not only help you speak well but will also help in reducing common errors.
Let us take an example- ‘Address’.
The way you emphasise on the syllable of the word will completely change the meaning of the word. You can pronunce ‘Address’ in two different ways,
A-dress means to formally speak to a group whereas, add-dress refers to a physical location. Learn to hear the difference.
Hence, wrong pronunciation of a word may vary the message that you wish to convey.
Prepare for specific situations. The way you speak and use English varies from situation to situation. For example, you need to prepare very formal English while appearing for an interview.
On the other hand, one needs to be very casual while hanging out with friends. Know the difference between ‘How are you?’ And ‘what’s up?’. Before you plan to go to a place where you need to speak English, it is always better to prepare beforehand.
If you are making to go to a restaurant, then you should prepare how you’d talk about food and menus. Answer the question that a waiter asks you; you can practice what you will have to say. You’ll feel more confident after a short preparation.
Start responding in fewer words and smaller sentences. Finally, you will realise that you have gathered enough confidence. Carry on with it and start reconstructing your sentences. It is not required to answer in long, perfect sentences.
#5. Relax and Sing
Relax. You can be your best helper or your worst enemy while learning to speak English fluently. It is hard, but you should try not to focus on how you sound when you talk. Just relax.
In case you get stuck, take a deep breath and start over. Speak slowly if you need to, take a pause and think about your next sentence. Do whatever it takes to become comfortable to speak English.
Remember, no English speaking class will help you unless you start working yourself in it. Sing along to your favourite English songs to become fluent. Rap is a great way to practice English because it is quick and there are many regular sentences.
It can be a fun way to learn as well as become fluent.
#6. Exceptions are there
Accept that English is a weird language. At times one can find word patterns grammatically correct, but at other times, the pattern does not make sense at all. For example, ‘read’ (pronounced as ‘reed’) and the same ‘read’ (pronounced as ‘red’), depending on whether you are speaking in the past or present tense?
Or why ‘mice’ are the plural of a mouse but dogs are the plural of dog? There are as many exceptions as there are rules in English grammar. It is common to get stuck in such things if you try to learn English properly. Sometimes English is weird and unexplainable so try to memorize such exceptions and move on.
#7. Vocabulary and Practice
Vocabulary building is the essential part of the English language. It is a slow, long and a never-ending process.
Trying learning a new word each day. When
you discover a new word, try using it in sentences as you speak a few times. Associate the words with mnemonics or something funny in your native language.
There is an expression in English “Use it or lose it” which means that if you do not practice an ability, you might forget it. The best way to remember new words is to use it the right way so that it may stay in your memory.
Study the grammar when it is required and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. The key to learning a language is to be able to find the difference between studying and practising.
The most important phenomenon to master fluency is to submerge yourself. Humans have developed languages to communicate. Every human on this planet is familiar to a language to share her thoughts. Not every person as a child goes to a school to learn a language, yet she speaks it fluently as she grows up. How? Hope, you got the point.
Application of the knowledge makes you a real master than being a meagre source of knowledge. You won’t be able to speak fluent English by mugging up new words and grammar rules. The only solution is to practice.
#8. Help others and yourself
It is possible that you do not find a partner to speak in the English language, howsoever, in such case practice alone. Make a mirror your best friend. Choose a topic and try speaking on it continuously for two to three minutes. In case you are stuck, try expressing your ideas differently.
This exercise will not only improve your speaking skills, but it will also develop your overall body language. This will give you an illusion that you are speaking to somebody else thereby building your confidence.
You are not needed to be dependent on Textbooks or teachers to learn English. Anyone who speaks English can help you practice. If you know any English speakers whether it’s a friend or a co-worker, take an opportunity and learn from them.
Chat, prefer English over your local language when you chat with your friends on any social media or communicating platform like Whatsapp, Messenger etc. Once you get comfortable with text messages, start voice chats in English. Find out friends who share a common interest with you of mastering the English language, make a group and help each other in getting better.
#9. Make Grammar you friend
Speaking fluent English is different from knowing the correct grammar. Fluency is about being able to communicate. Sometimes, it is critical to be flexible with grammar, so that you can practice those speaking, reading, writing and listening skills in the real world.
Sometimes, it is difficult to put all that rules and words together into a simple sentence. Don’t let the fear of speaking grammatically incorrect language bar you from speaking at all. Even if you think you are making a mistake, keep your spirit up.
Most of the time people will understand what you are trying to say even if you are making a mistake. Also, the more you talk, the easier it gets and the more quickly the right words come to your mind.
#10. Overcome your hesitation
If you ask a child to tell the configuration of ‘NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Mission’, he won’t be able to say much unless he is aware of the mission. Similarly, you can’t speak much about a topic without any knowledge about it, irrespective of the language. In the same manner, you should have knowledge of the English language, its syntax, vocabulary to read, write or speak without hesitation.
To kill your doubts and hesitation to speak in English, it is vital to know where this hesitation comes from.
It is crucial to know what is obstructing you in getting better at speaking a language. Hesitation can arise because of numerous reasons, it may be due to a lack of knowledge or any other reason.
Find out the reasons behind your hesitation and eliminate them all.
Many people find it difficult to learn English because they feel that English is not their native language. This thought limits you from learning the English language. Remember, your English will improve from the day you will start working on it. It is a gradual process and should be made part of your lifestyle.
Slowly and steadily, if all these tips are implemented then mastering fluency and confidence in the English Language should be a cakewalk.