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5 tips to improve your conversational English!

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Communication is a core of our everyday life. We are constantly in need to express ourselves in different situations, from ordering a meal to participating in a full complex debates (whether it is with your friends in a pub or at work during a meeting).

 So many of our students are seeking for advice on how to improve their speaking to be able to participate and maintain good, long and natural conversations! You would certainly find an English conversational group class helpful, but apart from that we are going to introduce some extra tips to speed up your learning and improve your speaking in English.

 1. Remember about the link and start with basics

Remember that language is a complex system in which all parts are connected with each other. In other words, in order to be able to speak fluently and expressively, you first need to learn and practise with a lot of relative vocabulary and work on main grammatical structures.

Hence, the first advice is to build up a working basis and then move onto practising speaking with your friends/classmates/colleagues, etc.

2. Find a language friend online

International communication has become a lot easier in the modern word thanks to advancing technologies and numerous affordable opportunities to travel.

Practice makes perfect, so the best way to improve your speaking would be… actual speaking with somebody! It has become quite common nowadays to find a friend (either a native speaker or a learner, like you) to chat with and practise your language skills on Skype or other similar applications/platforms.

Don’t be shy and accelerate your conversational skills with friends online! You can even exchange the languages so you can teach somebody your mother tongue in the return!

3.Go for other technology help

You can go further and find a great variety of helpful applications and technology tools to carry on with your practice! You can use a recording device to investigate how you sound and reflect on your own findings.

You can pick up and practise with new vocabulary and topics, correct your pronunciation and listening skills using popular apps, such as Learn Language busuu or Speak English.

4. Do activities in English

There are so many activities you could start or join to have a chance to speak. You could try debate sessions, arts and crafts, flowering or join a book club (improved reading comes as a bonus!). Not only will you learn something new or something you are a great fan of, but also enjoy speaking about favourite and new things with people of the same interests.

Even some yoga lessons could help you make friends and chat with your classmates or teacher afterwards.

Moreover, you can engage your family or roommates at home to have short conversations. Also, talk to yourself doing some routine jobs! Have fun and enjoy the process, as the positive effect is a must while you are learning.

5. Read out load and make use of listening

Using every chance to say words, phrases and whole passages in English will make a difference. Reading out load will enable your auditory learning skills so that you can memorise faster.

Listening to people speaking in English will also help you deep yourself into English speaking learning environment. Note the intonation, sentence stress and the way their mouths move. And imitate.

Remember: effort, practice, determination are the key to success!

We hope you found these tips helpful.

Have fun and good luck!