The importance of YOU
Learning to speak English is like learning to ride a bike. You don't learn to ride a bike by studying parts of a bike or watching videos of other bikers. You Learn By Doing.
In order to speak fluent English, you don’t need a huge vocabulary as long as you know at least 500 words. The important thing is to have as many words as possible in your active vocabulary. To do this, don’t just learn words. Use new words in real conversations with your speak partner.
Furthemore, Don’t spend time on grammar. This rule might sound stupid at first but this is really important rule if you want to speak fluent English in weeks. Think of how children learn to speak a language. They don’t study grammar rules. They just start speaking. In fact, studies show that learning too much grammar will stop you from speaking fluent English because it will take time to develop the sentence structures.
If you are an English speaker seeking to improve your American accent quickly, there are a few key things you can do to achieve English language fluency within weeks.
Speak slowly and clearly.
Many English learners think that improving your pronunciation means learning how to speak fast. No. It’s better to speak clearly than fast. Don’t try to speak too quickly. If someone can’t understand what you’re saying, it doesn’t matter how fast you speak! You need to speak slowly enough to be able to put your tongue and lips into the exactly positions. When you are speaking, be sure to take your time and breathe slowly, be sure you are speaking in a calm and coherent manner so you are understood. Speed is the perceived problem. For example, when Judy Hopps Met Flash in zootopia, The sloth Flash speak slowly :
" I am∽∽doing∽∽just∽∽as well∽∽as∽∽I can. ∽∽ what∽∽can I∽∽do∽∽for you∽∽∽∽∽today?" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpOtEKP--9A)
Did you notice the stess parts of word here? (Stress in pronunciation means saying one part of a word longer & louder than other parts of a word.). It is exactly the same parts as at natural speed. That’s how you need to speak English. As a beginner, you need support. Our American Accent Course will explain techniques for talking slower. It means that whenever your speaking is slowly and clearly, it keeps many the features that make speech real. Once you gain the confidence you can always speed up your tempo from that point. The Transformation Comes Quickly!
Listen At Full Speed
Another common problem for English learners is difficulties in listening. There are, as it happens, only ever two reasons you’ll not understand something you heard:
- You don't understand the words
- It was too fast to tell the words apart. You don't understand how it's pronounced at natural speed
Slow Audio Kills Listening Skills. The only benefit of slowing down the audio is to give you more time to understand the difficult words being used. But this is a vocabulary problem, not a listening problem. The way to improve your listening skills is to spend time listening at natural speed. When you first start listening to audio at full speed, you might feel a bit flustered. So, what's required from you at the beginning is a bit of faith! Our American Accent course doesn't train the listening skills. However, it improves your ability to cope with fast, natural speech. If you stick at it for just a couple of weeks, you'll begin to feel your listening has a ground literally shifting under your feet.
Find a Native teacher to learn from
Practicing English with a non native English speaker has some disadvantages. There is a risk of picking up bad pronunciation or learning wrong grammar patterns. Once you get these in your brain, it is hard to remove. The best way to speak fluent English is by practicing English with native speakers. When you practice with native English speakers, you will improve subtle things such as accent and pronunciation naturally. You will learn how to use slang and idioms. You will learn the right pace to speak. Pay close attention to how American English speakers form their words when they interact communicate. Watch the motions of their mouth and lips and practice the idiomatic expressions they use when they speak. So if you want to speak fluent English in weeks , make sure you find a Native English speaker to practice with. You can do so via Skype from the OHC Language Center.
Watch American TV Shows & American News Programs
Many English learners have used American TV shows to help them learn English. The TV shows are useful for English learners because they’re popular and use everyday language. Sitcoms like “Friends”, "Offices" and “Full House” are good for English learners because they’re short and incorporate everyday problems into storylines. They also use a lot of physical humor that’ll help you understand what’s going on even if you can’t follow the dialogue at first. Try watching TV shows without subtitles, or with the subtitles first and then re-watch it without. American news programs are great to help you hear the American accent. For the best experience, try national news programs such as the ones listed on our Resource Page. If you know you’ll be traveling to a region, look for videos from local news stations in those areas. You may hear some localized accents. You can read the words to the story while you listen to the story, so instead of seeing the words, you can hear the words and match the correct sounds to the words. Our pronunciation tip will help you learn natural spoken English.
Practice for at least 30 minutes every day.
Let’s be honest. You can’t improve your pronunciation if you don’t practice! Speaking English is a performance skill. Try to read English out loud every day for at least 30 minutes if you have the time. This will help get you used to pronouncing common expressions and phrases. If you have a recording device, try recording yourself and listen back to focus on the improvements you can make. Practice the sounds of English until they feel as natural and comfortable as the sounds of your language. It won’t happen overnight, but gradually your pronunciation will improve.
Get Used to Feeling Uncomfortable.
Improving your pronunciation may also mean changing your pronunciation. You may need to change the way you make some sounds, and that is difficult. One of the biggest problems for English learners is feeling uncomfortable when making the sounds of English. You have been speaking English your way for a long time. It feels natural to you. When you try to improve your pronunciation, it doesn’t feel natural. It feels strange making new positions with your tongue and lips. The sounds of English may be very different from the sounds in your language. It may be difficult and even uncomfortable for your mouth to make some of the sounds in English. This is very important to understand. Even though you may feel uncomfortable and strange making the sounds of English, you sound normal to a native speaker.
So let’s get started …