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20065591-HOW-TO-IMPROVE-SPOKEN-ENGLISH

20065591-HOW-TO-IMPROVE-SPOKEN-ENGLISH

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Improve Your English Speaking and English Pronunciation Skills:
The first rule of speaking English is to speak clearly, concisely and use simple vocabulary. KISS -keepit short and simple.Remember you probably won't just speak to native speakers. Thereare roughly 380 million nativespeakers, but as many as a billion people speak it as a second language. So it's a good idea to avoididioms and slang (I always say learn it, but don't use it). It might sound clever to say "You're barkingup the wrong tree," but if you misuse it or if the other person doesn't understand you, you'll only look silly when you try to explain what you meant to say, or what it actually means.There's also a saying in English "Have you swallowed a dictionary?" It is applicable toanyone whouses long, complicated words when a shorter word will do. Short sentences are just as good (if not better) than long explanations. The value in what you have to say is what you say, not how clever youlook or sound when you say it.
English speaking tips
Get over any fear you might have of making mistakes. You will make mistakes.Be patient with yourself. Learning any language can be frustrating, but frustration won't help you, solet it go.Grasp every opportunity you have to speak with peoplein English.
Talk to friends who are also learning English. Go out together for coffee and only speakEnglish to each other!
Read short stories out loud and try to see, say and hear the words to reinforce your memory. Recordyourself and play it back 
later 
, how does it sound?
Find native English speaking friends:-
You might not be able to find any friendly native speakers where you live, but
You can findEnglish speaking peopleon the Internet!
If you can't find anyone who'll actually
help
you,don't worry, you'll still be able to figure out if they can understand you.
Look for people with the same interests as you. It's no good asking everyone you meet to helpyou with your English, rather developnatural friendships based on your hobbies etc.Eventually you will make friends and they will be much more likely to give you correction /guidance.
Join an English club or conversation group. Around the world there are many Englishspeaking clubs, these clubs aren't just for expats but for people interested in theEnglish way of life. They can be friendly and fun. For a list of English clubsclick here.Check magazines as well as your phone book, your local newspaper and your localuniversity. Or if there isn't one in your area -start one! Place an advertisement in your newspaper for people interested in starting a group or go toMeetup.
Visit anIrish/English/Australian theme pub or British food shop, you can usually findone in the larger cities. Often, the waiters and waitresses come from English-speaking countries, the menu is often in English too!
Once your English is good enough, go shoppingin some tourist areas. You'll find lotsof shop assistants speak very good English.
If you can travel to an English speaking country, do it.
There are several internet based voice chat programmes out there:iVisit|
Pal Talk
|MSNWeb Messenger |Yahoo! Messenger |Google Talk |Skypeand lots more.
 
Singing
Try singing along to English songs. With friends or in the privacy of your own bathroom. Lots of themajor games consoles have karaoke games nowadays, like Sing Star on the Playstation.
On the internet 
:
-You can speak to meon iVisit(see the forum calendar for times anddates) -you can also listen to or chat with other learners and nativespeakers there.
There areno more excuses.
On the network 
:
-Use thepronunciation pagesto improve your understanding.
On this site
:
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You can find some karaoke resources and ideas on thelearn English through songs page.
On the Network 
:
You can find the words to some popular songs onthe English magazine.
Pronunciation skills
Don't get too hung up on trying to sound like a native speaker. Would you start learning the piano in anattempt to sound like Mozart? Probably not. Accents don't matter, as long as people can understandyou, but pronunciation is important.
Learn thephonetic alphabet.
List words that have the same sound add to the lists as you learn more words.For example words that rhyme with me:-Work on one problem sound at a time. Read slowly concentrating on the pronunciation of particular words. Record yourself, keep the tape and record yourself later, have youimproved? Don'tbe shy -ask a friend to listen to the tape too.Don't worry about sounding like a native, it is more important to speak clearly and pleasantlythan it is to sound like the Queen of England.
 
The most important thing to think about is can people understand you? If you have a problembeing understood then find someone who speaks English clearly and try to copy the way theyspeak.
Pay particular attention to speed and diction.
Unit 1 -Lesson 4 - The English alphabet (Aa,Bb,Cc...) + Names
Learn It
Learnyour alphabet (requiresReal Player Basic)
The alphabet
 
A aB bC cD dE eF fG g
 
H hI iJ j
 
K kLlM mN nO oP p
 
Q q
 
R rS sT tU uV vW wX x
 
Y y
 
Z z
Vowels
 
AEIOU
Consonants
BCDFGHJLMNPQRSTVWXYZ
The Rhyming Alphabet
The following letters rhyme with each other 
ä
sound
ë
sounde sound
ï
soundy
ü
soundABFIOQRZHCLYUJDMWKENGSPXTV

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