How to practise your English Speaking
If you don't live in an English-speaking country, and you don't have
friends or family to speak English with, where can you practise your
English speaking skills?
It's easier to have a conversation if you
have a reason to speak – something to talk about. These ideas all give
you a reason to speak with another person.
Start a film or book club
people to discuss a film that you all watch together, or a book that
you are all reading. Prepare questions before, to help people talk about
Volunteer to help other people
your town or company often welcome foreign guests? Can you offer to
translate for them? Or perhaps you can offer to help children or
students with their English homework.
Take part in a film conversation
a film on DVD, and decide in which part you can speak with the film
character. Listen to what the character says (and the reply) then
rewind, and either mute or pause the DVD after the film character
speaks. Take the other character's role, and reply to the first
character. You can also find film scripts on the IMDb site. Print it
out, then practise taking a role in the film.
with other people in a penpal forum via Skype. You can get to know them
first by writing to them, then invite them for a conversation.
Take English lessons
is the most expensive option, but paying for private or group lessons
is a good way to regularly practise your English. If you have a job,
maybe your company can also arrange lessons for you.
Before you start speaking
- Try to plan what you want to say. Make sure you know the most important words or technical terms that you'll need.
Practise standard expressions. For example, "Pleased to meet you", or
"How are you?" Getting these expressions right makes you feel more
confident to continue the conversation.
- As well as concentrating
on what you want to say, also concentrate on listening to the other
person. Give your full attention, and make sure you understand by using
clarifying expressions such as "Sorry, do you mean…" or "I'm sorry, but I
don't understand. Can you repeat that please?" Don't forget: being a
good speaker also means being a good listener. People will want to have
conversations with you if they know you're interested in what they say!