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How to Speak Well in English (Way Easier than You Assume)

Updated on December 27, 2014

The Importance of English

The importance of the English language is increasing every day. English is definitely the fastest spreading language in the world, and also the one with the most non-native speakers.

In an increasingly capitalistic world, the language of choice is English. In pretty much every field of life, the language that dominates is English.

Fluency

The Free Web Dictionary defines the word 'fluent' as being 'able to express oneself readily and effortlessly'.

Another definition provided for the word 'fluent' is 'Flowing effortlessly; polished'.

'Fluency' is defined by The Free Web Dictionary as 'the quality of being fluent, esp facility in speech or writing'.

As is evident now, fluency in a language is all about being comfortable in it. A person who is fluent in English is one who is able to read or write in English comfortably and confidently.

An Issue of Confidence

To many youngsters in developing countries where English is not the first language, the fear of making mistakes while speaking is a very real fear. At the end of the day, it is a matter of confidence. A confident speaker of English will be comfortable while speaking in English.

In order to be a confident speaker of English, one must be able to express oneself without being at a loss for words, which brings us t the next key concept in this discussion.

Vocabulary

A confident speaker of English is one who is never at a loss for words, that is, the speaker has a good vocabulary.


So vocabulary is the name of the game!

Speaking English Well

"So what must I actually do in order to speak well?" is probably the question in your mind at this juncture. Here are some REALLY USEFUL pointers which have my seal of approval stamped all over them, because I have followed, and continue to follow, these tips to improve my English speaking ability. I must make it clear though, that there was a time when I was not conscious I was following these habits. I came to the realization only after a lot of soul-searching because there were a lot of people coming to me and asking me how I had improved my language despite being from the same sphere of influences as them.

1. Read

This is the most important tip I have to give. Keep reading all the time. Read whatever you feel like reading, but please make it a point to read. Reading, apart from giving knowledge, also causes your brain to unconsciously internalize a lot of new words and the manner of their usage. So read!

Make it a habit to read everyday. Don't be too stiff about it, or you will not keep at it. Read Film magazines if you are a lover of films. Read Crime magazines if you enjoy reading them. Visit websites like Hubpages and Listverse and pick your area of interest, and keep reading!

As a reader, you won't even have to keep track of your progress. You WILL DEFINITELY improve in a big way, even without your immediate knowledge, in as little as a month's time.

2.Speak in English

Next in importance, speak in English whenever you get the opportunity. If you don't actually speak, how will you be able to appreciate your constant improvement?

Log on to online chat rooms, and chat away with a stranger. If you meet someone who doesn't speak your native language, speak with that person in English. Never let your inhibitions trump you. As people watch your language improve, their respect for you will grow immensely, even if they were sniggering at you, and passing remarks behind your back, in the first place.

Speak out without fear! You have a lot to offer the world!
Speak out without fear! You have a lot to offer the world! | Source

3. Don't Worry About Grammar

Next in importance, and the last point, is this: forget grammar. No native speaker of English ever thinks in terms of sentence structure, subject, object, preposition, etc. while speaking.

If one were to be thinking about grammar before every sentence, life would be a living hell!

There is definitely a place for grammar in the English language, but it is definitely not during casual conversation.

At all costs, avoid being a Grammar Nazi. It will suck the joy out of conversation.
At all costs, avoid being a Grammar Nazi. It will suck the joy out of conversation. | Source

The Last Word

There are loads of coaching centres that claim to improve your English conversational skills, but the fact of the matter is, they focus too much on the things that hardly even matter in conversation, like grammar. I know of a lot of people who have attended such coaching centres (against my advice) and come away with no improvement at all.

Remember, you are not in competition with anyone. You don't need to win the first place in a speech competition. You just need to be able to communicate your ideas and thoughts without difficulty. That's all that matters.

Learning to speak well in English is all about taking a chance and coming out the richer and better for it.
Learning to speak well in English is all about taking a chance and coming out the richer and better for it. | Source

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Speaking Well in English

  1. Read English books, magazines, newspapers, etc.
  2. Make it a point to speak in English whenever possible.
  3. Forget grammar.
Grammar school is strictly for those who wish to be experts at fussing over even the relatively unimportant aspects of language. Do not worry about getting into a grammar school or coaching centre. Focus on what is truly important: spoken skill.
Grammar school is strictly for those who wish to be experts at fussing over even the relatively unimportant aspects of language. Do not worry about getting into a grammar school or coaching centre. Focus on what is truly important: spoken skill. | Source

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    • indraprasad v profile image

      Indra prasad v 2 years ago from India, Kerala, Thiruvanantha puram

      Good views...

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      OSBERT JOEL C 2 years ago from CHENNAI

      Thank you for sharing such a wonderful views. These tips will be really useful for everyone who are trying to develop their communication skills in English.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Fantastic advice. You have said it right that in India thousands of people waste their money by joining English Speaking Course. But sadly what they learn is just grammar only. These institutions never teach conversation method. Anyhow, thanks to the colonization of our country by the British, we are doing well in English when compared with the Latin American and other East European countries. I hope this article will help people in some way if they seriously read and follow these tips. FYI, I too have done a hub on the same topic. Thank you for sharing. I have done a blog as well on the very topic.

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      Twilight Lawns 3 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      I like you style of writing. It is concise and yet interesting and entertaining.

      I am, I am not sorry to say, a Grammar Nazi. But only verbalise this part of my personality when I am reacting with people who are patronising or pretentious in their use of the English Language.

      I will only "attack" when my victim is using Grammar , Spelling or Punctuation incorrectly if:

      a. he ought to know better

      b. he maintains that he is a writer or poet, and yet doesn't respect the tools of his trade

      c. he has tried to put down an English Second Language person who has been unclear or made a mistake in English

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Excellent advice for nonnative English speakers (or anyone interested in learning another language). Practice is the biggest thing. Most folks do not speak "proper" English anyhow, so I like your recommendation to just be confident and try.

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