So, you’re all by yourself. Forever alone.
Okay, maybe you’re not forever alone, but right now you need to practice English alone.
How can you practice speaking English without anybody else to help you?
Writing, reading, listening—these skills can all be practiced alone. Easy.
All the books, websites and apps in the world can’t help you learn how to speak English fluently.
To improve your spoken English, the best thing to do is to talk with a native speaker.
Sometimes we don’t have that option though! What if you don’t know anyone who speaks English?
What if you don’t have time?
What if you simply don’t feel confident enough yet to practice with a native?
Don’t worry. You can still improve your spoken English, even without a speaking partner.
1. Think in English.
Sometimes the difficult thing about talking in a new language isn’t the language itself, but how you think about it.
2. Talk to yourself.
Whenever you’re at home (or alone somewhere else) you can practice your English with your favorite person: yourself.
3. Use a mirror.
Whenever you can, take a few minutes out of your day to stand in front of the mirror and speak. Choose a topic, set a timer for 2 or 3 minutes and just talk.
4. Focus on fluency, not grammar.
When you speak in English, how often do you stop?
5. Try some tongue twisters.
Tongue twisters are series of words that are difficult to say quickly. One example is: “The thirty-three thieves thought that they thrilled the throne throughout Thursday.”
6. Listen and repeat.
Do you watch TV shows or YouTube videos in English? Use them to improve your fluency.
7. Sing along to English songs.
Singing along to your favorite English songs will help you become more fluent.
8. Learn phrases, not words.
An even better idea is to learn word phrases, not just words.
9. Learn your most common sayings.
Take some time to really notice how you speak in your native language.
10. Prepare for specific situations.
Are you learning English for a specific reason? For example, are you learning English so you can get a job in an English-speaking company?