Learning to speak English is one thing; speaking it fluently is another! As a trusted and reputable English language school in Hawaii, we know that non-native’s want to learn to speak the language as fluently as possible, as quickly as possible. While there is no way to speak perfect English in a week or even a month, we do have some tips that will help you accomplish your goals in less time.
First of all, know there are lots of “strange” exceptions in the language, and that it’s a bit peculiar. Certain words have different meanings, even though they sound the same. For instance, you can “read” a book or pull a “reed” from the ground, or say you have read a book in which the pronunciation is the same as the color red. Confusing? Absolutely. Don’t try to reason it all out, just understand there’s often no explanation and go with it.
Instead of thinking of yourself as a student, think as if you already speak English. It’s easy to think of a word in Spanish first if you’re from Venezuela or Mexico, but instead you should think in English and try to stop translating words or conversations in your head from your native language to the one you’re trying to learn.
Fluent English doesn’t mean knowing perfect grammar. While you certainly want to study grammar, it’s equally as important to practice the language by speaking it, reading it, writing it, and listening to others whose native language is English. Find a good balance!
Use what you’ve learned every day, as often as possible. Even when it’s only a simple new word, it will remain in your memory and become part of your everyday speaking if you use it! It’s like the English expression, “Use it or lose it.” By using it regularly, you’ll never lose it.
Let lots of people help you. Teachers and textbooks are critical to learning the English language, but others who are native English speakers will be happy to help you as well. When you’re not sure how to pronounce something or what the proper word or phrase is, just ask a fellow employee, friend, anyone who knows the language well.
No one will dispute the fact that it’s a very difficult language to learn, but by learning from everyone around you and all of the resources available, and not being afraid to just dive in and do it, it becomes much easier – and more fun!