If you’re reading this post, it’s because you’re looking for new ways to improve your English communication skills.
Have you ever said….
I need to improve my English, let’s help each other
Looking for English speaker in exchange for ????? (native language)
How many times have you repeated this sentence?
I’d guess more than 10 times, even 20 depending on how long you’ve been on your English learning journey.
It can be exhausting, can’t it?
Despite all your efforts, you’re just not where you want to be. With a lack of time and financial resources, you feel you’ve tried everything possibly. And the outlook seems gloomy at this moment, you are feeling a sense of frustration and desperation that it’s all just been a big waste of time.
Whatever stage of the journey you’re on, you should read the tips below, it could change everything for you. These recommendations have been tried and tested and we guarantee you’ll find something that you haven’t already tried.
Be Mindful of your level
Most people have great difficulties accepting their actual level In English.
Before you set off on this journey, you anticipated your learning path to be much quicker. At first you were in the fast lane, you were picking up new words everyday and felt inspired to continue. Gradually, you started slowing down and that’s when you got stuck mentally and you couldn’t see any improvements causing all sorts of anguish and upset.
It’s time to analyse your English Proficiency.
There are multiple free english test available on the internet. Have you tried any of them?
Obviously, your main concern lies with speaking, so how can you test that?
Firstly, if you know that you are not at a stage where you can practice conversational English with a native speaker then don’t try. What you need to understand is that most people speak the language faster than you can translate it in your mind.
There are solutions, one which is when you start any conversation, talk slowly even if you’re uncomfortable with it and you’ll find that the person opposite will mirror you. That being said, do not fool yourself into participating in a language exchange if you do not have the minimum vocabulary to start off with.
Hoping that you’ll be able to get by will only lead to disappointment and setbacks. A learner’s attempt to speak fast makes the whole process difficult for the person to grasp what you are saying.
This is how you are likely lose any native speaker and in turn you end up wasting a great deal of time and unnecessary energy.
So go ahead understand your level first and go at a pace that is suitable for you right now.
Google translate speech recognition or other free platforms
Have you tried them?
Did you know that google translates words and phrases in over 100 languages for free?
We find Google Translate’s speech recognition free solution very useful for listening. To be able to hear the word as it should be pronounced, not only in your targeted language but also in your native.
There are several free online tools at your disposal nowadays. If you’re the type of person who struggles with new words then this is ideal.
And the fact that you can also save common phrases allows you the time to advance at your own pace. Here you can start sounding like a native speaker without having to be confronted with any embarrassing situations.
Sentences vs words?
I’m sure you’ve experimented with a variety of approaches to see what comes most naturally to you from flashcards to writing down each and every new word or using a vocabulary training app.
And that’s great but have you realised that in real life situations, you often don’t have the time to construct that perfect sentence for a question or response.
It’s important to create context around your new learnt vocabulary.
A good example is storytelling, the vocabulary finds a place in your mind when linked directly to a real life place, situation or relationship.
Putting the words where you’ll see them most often helps your mind memorize them. This allows the brain to engage and bunch all those new words to form a sentence to eventually discuss real life situations.
Don’t panic if you don’t have the right words at first, the vital thing to take away from the experiment is that you eventually find the correct words to build and construct sentences.
Stop being afraid of yourself
Do you feel nervous when speaking English?
Are you shy?
Do you lack confidence?
If you respond yes to at least 2 out 3 of these questions. You need to continue reading!
When it comes to speaking your non-native language, most learners are hit with nerves because they are afraid of making mistakes.
Speaking to strangers can be daunting and the likelihood is that you misuse words or mispronounce and end up feeling embarrassed or even judged.
Being a novice at anything requires that you make a few mistakes in order to evolve. What you need to understand is, it’s very likely that you’re afraid of yourself rather than the person in front of you. Once you understand this, you will let go and stop taking the embarrassing moments so personally.
Speaking to someone in their native language is admirable and the native speaker you try communicating with will respects you for even trying, even if they don’t tell you.
So just let go of all the shyness, nervousness and anxiety because what would life be like without a few mistakes?
Free yourself… and nothing will stop you!
Take a minute to understand your learning style
Taking a moment to recap on your learning style can make this journey incredibly smoother. We all have our unique method of learning and spending the time adapting it to you can pay off in the long run.
If you’re not sure, familiarize yourself with some of the popular styles and see which one fits you best.
The Visual Learner
Approximately over 60% of the population consist of Visual learners. This type of learner needs to see the information in order to memorize the vocabulary. This can be in the form of books, pictures, cards, anything visual. Often conversations are not sufficient and they need to see the words or images. If this is the case, books along with computer programs, apps and devices that provide a written form can help boost your activity.
The Auditory Learner
This type of learner has great listening skills and benefit greatly from the fact that they can easily pick up words and phrases just by hearing them. Undoubtedly, conversations are the ideal technique for vocabulary. Luckily for an auditory learner, they pick up a language by watching TV, listening to the radio or just by taking part in a conversation.
The Tactile/Kinesthetic Learner
This category of learner need physical interacting. What works for them is a real live experiences, movement, or even just being about to lip read my noting things down. Anything that is interactive encourages learning.
Now, you may not fit into any one of these styles. You could fall into a mix but it’s always great to appreciate what method suits your individual needs. Start by opting for one learning style to make your experience enjoyable and with the little time you have, make sure it’s effective.
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And one more thing…..Take your time to really enjoy the experience.