How to Improve Your Speaking?

Are you someone who can express himself well in writing, knows what he wants to say but when it comes to speaking, speaks slow and has to think a lot? Or don’t native speakers understand you when you’re speaking? Don’t worry. You’re doing great so far but you need a little practice. In this post, I’ll describe these 9 tips that will help you improve your speaking:

  1. Listen to the language
  2. Imitate sentences you hear
  3. Pay attention to the intonation
  4. Pay attention to how syllables are stressed
  5. Record yourself speaking
  6. Try to speak for at least one minute a day
  7. Repeat your story multiple times
  8. Talk with native speakers
  9. Talk frequently to yourself

1. Listen to the language to improve your speaking

Listening is a good way to improve your speaking. Listen to podcasts, movies, videos, vloggers, and music. When you know how native speakers speak, you are more likely to talk in the same way. It also helps you analyze and reflect your own accent.

If you don’t feel confident about this step, you can read this post on how to improve your listening skills.

2. Imitate sentences you hear

As you listen, try to repeat the sentences in the same way as you heard them. Try to follow the same speed and use the same intonation. In the beginning, it will be hard and each sentence will feel like a tongue twister, but once you get used to it, you will realize how helpful it is and you’ll see an obvious difference in the way you speak.

If you’re at a beginning level, you can try to imitate words and basic sentences to improve your speaking.

3. Pay attention to the intonation

Does your question sound like a normal sentence in your target language? Does the person you are speaking with understand that you’re happy or frustrated?

Intonation is one of the most important aspects of languages. If you use it correctly, people will understand your message better and can understand your feeling.

4. Pay attention to how syllables are stressed

In some languages, words can get a different meaning when you stress the wrong syllable. Or maybe they can make your pronunciation sound funny or a little hard to understand. You can read about how the syllables are stressed on informative websites. But you can also use the website forvo to look up the pronunciation of words.

5. Record yourself speaking

When you record yourself, you can understand how you are currently speaking and analyze the way you speak. Then, you know what aspects of speaking you need to work on.

I can understand that your voice may sound strange to yourself. But this is the best way to improve your speaking. After a couple of times, you will get used to listening to yourself and even love your voice!

6. Try to speak for at least one minute a day

Allow yourself to speak for at least one minute a day. Grab your timer. You can also record yourself if your want. Talk about your day, thoughts, or a topic you have to practice for.

7. Repeat your story multiple times

When your time is over, repeat it multiple times and try to tell it each time faster and in a more interesting way. When you do this every day, you’ll notice a difference in the way you speak!

8. Talk with native speakers

This is the most effective way to improve your speaking. Talk with native speakers. Call them or send them voice messages. You’ll be able to ask them for feedback on your pronunciation and you’ll be more motivated to practice.

If you don’t have someone who can help you, you can read this post to find a language practice partner.

9. Talk frequently to yourself

It may sound crazy, but if you really want to improve your speaking, it is a useful step. The more you speak loudly in your target language, the more you will be able to pronounce words and sentences better. You’ll speak faster, more fluently, and your mouth will be used to making the sounds you haven’t made before.

Talk to yourself when you are at alone in your room. Tell yourself what you’re thinking and what you want to do.

How to Improve Your Speaking in a Foreign Language? Read it on Polyglot's Diary.

How about you? How do you improve your speaking?

Do you know any other tip that helped you improve your speaking? Let me know in the comments!


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