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How to Improve Your Spoken English

Updated on May 12, 2011

How to Improve Your Spoken English

Want to learn how to improve your spoken English? Improving your spoken English may seem difficult when you’re an adult. Sometimes those words just don’t come out quite right or they’re very broken. You might seem frustrated that you just can’t get it right; however, with practice and time then you will succeed. Think of improving your spoken English as building a tower with building blocks. The more blocks that you contribute to the tower, the stronger the tower becomes. It’s the same way as mastering the technique of speaking English. The more time and practice that you contribute to your wording and sentences, the stronger your English will become.

How to Improve Spoken English with Media and Entertainment

Watch some English television shows, news programming and movies to help improve your spoken words. Mimic or repeat how the characters say their words. Practice, practice and practice again. Try and make it a daily exercise. Invest a half hour or more daily of just practicing how to correctly say English words. The more that you practice, the better you improve your spoken English. Think back when you were a young child just learning how to pronounce and say the words of your native language correctly. As a young child you start off learning how to say just a few words. Your parents would giggle over certain words that you would say because they just weren’t quite right but sounded very cute. The more that you practiced as a young child learning and speaking those words, the better they sounded. Soon words become sentences and before you know it, you mastered that language.

ESL Classes to Improve Your English Speaking Skills

Take an English as a second language course (ESL) from a nearby college or other type of schooling. These classes are also known as English for Speaks of Other Languages (ESOL). Contact a few schools in your community and ask for an ESL referral. In a majority but not all states you can also dial 211 on your telephone and speak to a United States Social Services outfit that can get you in contact with an educational program that offers and ESL course. If you dial 211 and you don’t connect to the correct office then it is not yet offered in your current state. You’ll need to call around to schools or check your local public library for a referral. Although in a lot of places it is of no cost to take an ESL and learn English for free, some places it is not and you may have to pay a small fee for the course. Ask upfront if the classes are free or what the fee will be before signing up or participating.

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ESL Activities and Resources

Browse the internet for ESL activities. There are literally thousands of websites dedicated to helping individuals learn how to improve their spoken English with games, activities, lessons and other resources. These websites are designed to help you learn while interacting with some sort of activity online. Just be careful about handing any money over. Like many but not all websites, there are sites that may prey on individuals and scam them out of money. Stick to trusted authority websites that are well known. The USCIS, known as the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is a great place to find resources. Visit to find additional resources or to get help with your needs.

Buy ESL English Guides

There are many books, audio books on CD or tape that are available inexpensively that are designed on how to improve spoken English. You can also find many activities that make learning English fun. Consider spending a small investment to speed up the improvement of your Spoken English with some of these forms of products. 


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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 5 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)


      Noted your advice which seems to be genuine and serious. I am on my way to follow all these. Thank you for such a wonderful article.