10 tips that can help you speak English more fluently
A lot of people want to know how to speak good English, but not that many know about the things that might make this process much easier and more enjoyable. We want to offer you some tips and tricks that should help you in your learning. Check this article out, and you will learn how to speak English fluently and confidently.
How to learn how to speak good English: top 10 tips
There are people who are able to speak English fluently even if it is not their first language. That said, not everyone is that lucky. Lots of people struggle with this for years, if not decades, and yet after countless language courses, they still do not feel confident enough when speaking English.
For people like that, or for those who want to skip all the struggle and make their learning process more efficient, we have prepared some useful tips on how to speak English easily and fluently. Check them out and start speaking with confidence today!
Accept that the English language is strange sometimes
Most people who just started learning English find it unnecessarily complicated. For instance, why ‘read’ and ‘read’ can be pronounced differently depending on the context? Or why the plural of ‘house’ is ‘houses’, but the plural of ‘mouse’ is not ‘mouses’ but ‘mice’?
If you want to learn how to speak English fluently, you need to accept all this weirdness and the fact that there are probably more exceptions than there are rules in this language. Just do your best to memorise some of the most frequently used ‘confusing’ words and phrases and stop looking for a reason why things are the way they are. It will make your life much easier.
Dedicate enough time to study English
For all those who want to know how to speak correct English, it is important to realise that an hour a week of studying will not get them anywhere. If you are serious about learning the language in order to be able to speak it later, you need to be dedicated.
Now, this does not mean that you need to practice 24/7. All you have to do is practice daily, and even short sessions will work. If you know that you do not have much spare time, try to incorporate your lessons into your life. For instance, it is always a good idea to label things around the house with stickers that name objects in English, or reading English texts on the way to work. As long as you have the motivation, you will find a way.
Do not think about how to learn English, think about how to speak English
A common mistake among most people who are learning a new language is focusing too much on the learning part without really thinking about the application. You can learn all the grammar and common vocabulary, but what good is it going to do for you if you cannot apply it?
In order to make the shift from learning the language to speaking it, you need to start thinking in English. However, this does not mean that you need to translate the thoughts from your native tongue, quite the opposite. Try imagining the things and thinking of their names in English instead of thinking of them in your language and then translating. Even in the beginning, you will notice the difference it makes.
Know that the answer is in the question
Some people have trouble answering questions in English, but the secret to that is simple: listening. Just listen to what people ask you, and you will be able to find the answer in the question. For instance, if someone asks you ‘Does she know Jerry?’, you can easily figure out what they want from you and answer with ‘Yes, she does’ or ‘No, she does not’.
Most of the time, it is relatively easy to understand what people want from you, as long as you listen closely and look for familiar words and patterns. And if that does not work, you can always ask them to repeat the question or rephrase it.
If you want to speak English fluently, listen first
As we have mentioned before, listening is key if you want to improve your English, and we do not just mean listening to the person you are talking to. What we mean is using movies, audiobooks, podcasts, radio plays, whatever you can think of, to improve your English skills.
Listening to native speakers talk can help you get a hang of the quips and quirks that would otherwise not be apparent in written form. Moreover, you can hear how people speak, catch on the different accents and pronunciations. You can even enhance your vocabulary, provided you check every new word in the dictionary.
Practice makes perfect if you want to improve English speaking
If you really want your English to get better, you need to use it. For instance, when you find a new word, use it in sentences over the next few days/weeks, and you will memorize it for a while. Practice the language as often as you can, and you will be able to see the difference.
Study and learn in phrases and sentences
Having an extensive vocabulary is great, but it is useless if you cannot create sentences. For this reason, in addition to learning separate words, you should also put them into sentences, and you should learn common phrases that are most often used in conversations.
It is also a great idea to think of the phrases you frequently use in your native language and find their English counterparts. This is going to be of great help when you talk to others in English, as you would be able to articulate what you mean easily without scrambling to translate the phrase on the spot.
Learning all the grammar will not help you speak good English
According to Lemony Snicket, ‘grammar is the greatest joy in life’, but in reality, it is actually not that important. We know that most teachers claim otherwise, but native speakers often make grammatical errors, and barely anyone bats an eye. As long as you can get your point across, you do not have to follow every rule of grammar known to man.
Of course, you need a solid base to make coherent sentences, but do not beat yourself up if you cannot remember all the rules of English language. Most of them come naturally when you talk to others or write, and the rest are not essential.
Do not be afraid of making mistakes
While a lot of us have the fear of failure, you need to try your best to fight it, as you will definitely be making mistakes, and lots of them, while you are learning the language. Making mistakes is actually good for you, especially if there is someone who can correct them and tell you where you have been wrong.
If you are scared of being embarrassed in front of a native speaker, you should not be. If they are a nice person, they will do their best to understand you, and if they are not, then you should not bother with them at all. Besides, the more you talk, the less mistakes you are going to make.
Learn wherever and whenever you can
We cannot stress this enough, but you should be learning English at every opportunity. Apart from classes and textbooks, you can learn it in so many ways: watching TV shows, reading books, talking to other people, even switching the language in your phone to English can make all the difference.
If you have the opportunity, find native English speakers around you (there are often classes and social groups you can find in your vicinity) and practice with them. You can always ask them to explain something you have trouble understanding, or just practice your spoken English in a natural conversation.
While learning English, like many other languages, is not very easy, there are many ways you can make the learning process more efficient and enjoyable. Try out the tips we have outlined in this article, and you will be able to improve your English skills in no time.
ASUU chairman caught in sex-for-marks scandal
Prof. Monday Igbafen, the Chairman of Ambrose Alli University (AAU) chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has been suspended by university authorities over allegations of sexual assault.
Igbafen, an Associate Professor of the Department of Philosophy, was suspended after his appearance before a disciplinary committee on allegations of sexual misconduct.
This was made public in a statement signed by Edward Aihevba, the university’s spokesman, on Wednesday in Benin, Edo State capital.
The statement noted that Igbafen had been arraigned before the Senior Staff Disciplinary Committee (SSDC) on allegations of gross misconduct bordering on sexual harassment and threatening students to have sex with him in exchange for marks.
According to the statement, Igbafen was found culpable by the university’s investigative panel.
A relative of one of the victims had threatened to take the institution to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission ICPC if Igbafen wasn’t prosecuted.
JAMB Question: Correct Author’s Name for Sweet Sixteen; Abdullai or Abdullahi
There have been controversies over the correct name of the Author for the Official JAMB Novel for the coming UTME; “SWEET SIXTEEN”. Since the Novel was confirmed by JAMB at the beginning of registration, various versions of the Author’s Name have popped up; So can we spell it as “Abdullai” or “Abdullahi”, if it comes out in the exam? The difference in name is the letter “H”. We want to put an end to this confusion right now.
First of all, it’s important to note that the version released by JAMB to test candidates in the coming UTME is a slimmer or summary version of the original version composed by the Author. The original version has 157 pages, while the version released by JAMB has only 53 pages. The confusion stems from the fact that there are two versions of the book with one bearing “Bolaji Abdullai” and the other bearing Bolaji “Abdullahi”.
In the original version, the Author’s name is written as “Bolaji Abdullai”, while the version by JAMB is written as “Bolaji Abdullahi”. Although they sound similar, the difference is the letter “H” in the JAMB Version. Since Myschool.ng does not believe the Author would make a mistake in his own name stated in the original version, it is safe to say that JAMB made a mistake in the Author’s name. Oh yes, JAMB makes mistakes too. 🙂
Based on these findings, we hope JAMB does not test candidates to state the name of the Author in the coming exams. Even if they do, we hope they don’t bring out the two varying names as options, rather we expect them to place other Authors in the options.
Be that as it may, if you’re confronted with a question where the two varying names are placed as options for you to select the Author’s Name, please select the name that appears on the JAMB Version of the Novel, which is Sweet Sixteen by Bolaji Abdullahi.
So you now know what option to pick if you see the question; “Who is the Author of the book, Sweet sixteen?”.
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