Learning how to speak fluent, confident and natural English is an achievable goal. Every English learner is different, but there are a number of easy ways to improve in a reasonably short period of time. To speak English well and fluently follow these 5 tips:
1. Slow down
A common problem among foreign language speakers can be to speak too quickly. It can be tempting to try and get our words out quickly but while it might feel good to get the words out, rushing your words can often lead to confusion and miscommunication. Instead of speaking quickly, slow down and keep what you say simple. To begin with it may make you sound slightly stiff or robotic, but if clear communication is your aim, then this will really help you. Over time and as you become more familiar with the language, try to speed up again to make your speech sound more natural.
2. Act confident
Many people feel shy or embarrassed when speaking English. Don't be. Act as if you are the most confident person you know - in fact, be the most confident "you". By acting "as if" you are confident you create or strengthen neural networks in your brain and so the next time you speak you may feel more confident as you are used to this situation. So, act confident, and over time you will feel confident, and indeed, be confident!
3. Use emphasis
The same sentence, said with different emphasis has very different meanings. Think about the point you want to make and use emphasis where needed to help clarify your meaning.
As the English saying goes, ‘Practice makes perfect’. If you want to do something really well then you’ll have to put in a lot of hard work, make mistakes and learn something from them. Use google translate on your phone - speak to it in English and see if google can write perfectly what you’re saying. And when you are practicing don't think of yourself as a student - as someone who is learning the language. Think of yourself as someone who is using English - because you are!
5. Keep going
If you make a mistake, keep going. Understand that very few people, even native speakers, speak English flawlessly and we all make mistakes. If you get embarrassed or shy once you’ve made a mistake, this is probably what people will notice, not the mistake itself! So, keep going when you’re speaking English!