While learning English, or any new language for that matter, one should always seek opportunities to interact with people who can converse in the same language. However, not everyone gets such opportunities on a daily basis. For them, we have listed a few tips here that can boost their level of confidence.
Reading newspapers, books, magazines aloud
There is a difference between reading and reading aloud. While many of us read newspapers which helps us to build vocabulary, we hardly read its content aloud.
When we read the content loud, our brain analyses the information as speech and activates our speaking abilities. It is a good practice to read the text aloud every day for some time. Not necessarily, in front of someone.
Playing word games to relax throat and mouth muscles
Opening the mouth and manipulating the flow of air is one of the fundamental techniques of speech. Proper utilization of these techniques enhances our clarity and pronunciation of speech. Practice tongue-twisters and word puzzles frequently. Take a look at the following examples −
- The big black bug bit the big black bear, but the big black bear bit the big black bug back!
- The thought I thought wasn’t the thought I thought I thought.
- There was a fisherman named Fisher who fished for some fish in a fissure. Till a fish with a grin, pulled the fisherman in. Now they’re fishing the fissure for Fisher.
Record your voice while practicing speaking
Listening to your voice while talking improves your confidence and gives you a record of your progress.
Try to speak with people in your locality
After you gain some confidence, try to speak with people who you know. It will encourage you towards improvement.
Listening to English songs and understanding the lyrics
Listening to English songs and understanding their lyrics helps in building a good vocabulary of commonly spoken English. It also helps improve the way you pronounce certain words. Be careful of the songs you choose, though.