How to Make Fewer Mistakes in Spoken English

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How to Make Fewer Mistakes in Spoken English

Here is some advice from one of Link School of English teachers, a simple 3-step exercise which you can do on your own to speak better English.

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How to make less mistakes in spoken English



Making mistakes is inevitable when you are learning English. Moreover, it should be encouraged. I know it sounds like a strange thing to say, but it is true. If we don’t make mistakes, it is impossible to learn! But the issue is, unless you have an English teacher or a fluent English speaking friend with you at all times, it is almost impossible to realise that you’re making mistakes in English.

However, I would like to share an English study tip with you that may prove to be very useful. I know everyone hates the sound of their own voice, but we will have to move past that in order to do this exercise. So, I want you to record yourself speaking English for two minutes every week.

Record Yourself Speaking English

Nowadays you can record yourself on your phone, tablet or computer so this should be fairly easily accessible thing to do. You should always talk about a subject you are comfortable with. Maybe start simple be introducing yourself to an imaginary class. Describe your bodily features or talk about your family. You could even do this with a friend. You could make them ask questions for you to answer. Just make sure that you record everything and only use English.

Now, the important bit! You must listen back to the recorded English conversation or monologue at least three times.

First Listen:

The first time you listen back to your recorded English conversation should purely be to get a general gist of how the recording went. Listen for the big things like general flow and whether you seem completely relaxed and comfortable speaking. So far, so simple!

Second Listen:

Now this is when you should get you note book and pencil out and really make good use of the rewind and pause settings on your phone or computer. Question every sentence! I know it is a slow process but it will really help. I take the recording one sentence at a time. Answer these questions and make notes in your notebook whilst you listen for detail: Is your English grammar perfect? Is that the English vocabulary correct? Is the pronunciation of English words perfect? Are the word and sentence stresses in the correct place? Did I really say what I meant to say? How else could I have said that sentence? Could I have made that more colloquial or more academic English?

Third Listen:

This is an important listen because it’s here that you will decide what are the biggest holes in you spoken English. Look at your notes and listen to the recording in full one more time. Consider what your really need to practise. Perhaps you cannot pronounce the ‘th’ sound, or you are speaking in the present tense when you should have been using the past.

Take it into practice!

Whatever your individual weakness is should then inform your research and the way you practise English for the rest of the week. Try and discover the appropriate use of the past perfect tense and use it as much as you can! Or try say ‘th’ a hundred times before you go to bed. If you get into the routine of doing this every week I’m confident that your spoken English will improve and you will make less mistakes. But the most important thing is to be curious, don’t believe you are doing something perfectly, know you are!

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