mafhome – English conversations
Does it happen to you that sometimes you feel frustrated because you find yourself unable to express yourself clearly and yet when you hear native speakers, you feel that it is so simple and easy? In this section, we will focus on learning idiomatic and everyday expressions to help us deal with daily conversational situations.
learn good phrases for daily conversation
It can be difficult to keep a conversation going. Even if you understand what the other person is saying, you can feel “blocked” or “frozen” when it’s your turn to speak. The words or phrases you need don’t often come quickly enough to mind.
The more opportunities you can get to use and speak English, the easier it is to find the right words when you need them. Take every chance you get to use your English!.
Top 10 Tips To Improve Your Spoken English:
• Learn phrases, not just individual words
If you study individual English words in isolation, this is what happens:
When you need to speak, you have to think a lot in order to combine the individual words in the right order, using the right grammar, and in a way that makes sense.
• Listen to more English
Most English learners read too much and listen too little.
But when babies and children learn English, they listen first – then speak – and later learn to read and write.
• Practice speaking by yourself
(both reading aloud and speaking spontaneously)
When you speak English, there are two main difficulties:
The mental difficulty of thinking of the English words to say
The physical difficulty of pronouncing the English words correctly
• Practice thinking in English
Do you think in your native language and then translate it into English in your head before speaking?
Don’t do this! It often results in sentences that don’t sound natural in English, because the sentence structure is often different in English and your native language.
• Get an online conversation partner
“How can I practice speaking English if I have nobody to talk with?”
There are “conversation exchange” websites where you can find a partner who speaks English, but wants to learn your native language.
• Remember that communication is more important than grammar
Do you get nervous when speaking because you’re afraid of making a mistake?
Remember that the #1 goal of speaking English is to communicate. Although grammar is important, it is less important than communication when speaking English.
• Speak slowly
Trying to speak English too fast won’t make you sound like a native speaker. Instead, it can actually make it more difficult for the other person to understand you.
• If you forget a word, use other words
It’s very common for English learners to stop a sentence in the middle because they’ve forgotten the word they want to use – but try to be creative. The other person can help you if you describe the word you want by using other English words.
• Relax & have a positive, confident attitude
If you make a mistake or forget a word when you are speaking English – it’s OK! Don’t be nervous or afraid.
The person who you’re talking to will understand and be patient with you. If you are insecure when speaking English, it will be even more difficult to speak.
• Learn real English phrases for everyday life
Today, you have the opportunity to take an English course that focuses on useful English in the context of conversations.