Being an English-majored student, I started speaking English at the age of 18, Grade 12. That’s such an old age and a low point to start speaking English. But after years of college and teaching, my speaking skill is much better now. And if you want me to share some tips, here they are:
1. ENLARGE YOUR VOCABULARY
The slogan ‘Just speaking, don’t be shy’ is not really effective to me. The reason is that whenever I wanna say anything, I just keep my mouth open waiting for the words coming out. And believe me, it takes such a while! My mind is busy wandering around to find the words and phrases and sentences, but they are just no where. Therefore, a large stock of vocabulary will help you save time find words. All you need to do is pick up the most appropriate words for a situation and express your ideas in the most perfect way. Let’s start your speaking process by studying new words, anytime, anywhere and anyhow you can.
2. LISTENING -> SPEAKING -> READING -> WRITING
Speaking when you’re ready! This may be another old-fashioned slogan. Who knows when you’re ready to speak? I think it’s just simply when you’ve known or have listened the words/ phrases/sentences for a situation; and you know you can apply them in reality. For example, I see a situation in a sitcom film. The girl in yellow wants to wake the girl in red up, she says ‘ Wakey! Wakey!’ The next day, I wake my sister up by saying ‘wakey, wakey.’ Sound EASY, huh?
3. ENGLISHIZE YOURSELF
Three months in England worth three years in Vietnam. An oversea consultant usually tells her clients like that. It sounds a little exaggerated, but it’s quite true. The reason is that you’ll have a perfect environment of English when you live in England. You study English, play English, eat English, sleep in English, or even get angry in English. Your instinct of survival will make you find ways to live in such an environment. The result is you improve your English very fast. The problem is, such an environment in Vietnam is almost impossible. You speak English maybe only in classes. Out of the classes, you’ve got your Vietnamese friends, Vietnamese teachers, Vietnamese colleagues, Vietnamese family or eve Vietnamese strangers. And I bet you’ll feel more comfortable to speak Vietnamese rather than English. But if you want to be GOOD at English, you should ENGLISHIZE yourself. You think in English for what you want to say. You speak whenever you can, to your classmates, friends, family. You look for English anywhere you go. You listen to English, music, films, friends, anytime you can. You include English in whatever you LIKE or ENJOY. For example, I like tennis. I’ll think all about tennis in English. I love my boyfriend, I’ll think all about him/her in English. (He’s so much handsome, kind-hearted, rich, wonderful, manly reliable, strong, bla bla bla)
4. BE FLEXIBLE
We are non-native speakers, we cannot know all English words! If even we are native speakers, we may not know all English words either. When we come to a specific field, we need some knowledge about that field to understand the words. For example, L/C or Letter of Credit may be more familiar to bankers than shop assistants, LPG may be more familiar to engineer than a teacher. Then in certain situations, we’ll have to be quick-minded and flexible. I’ve heard a tour guide who was trying to explain ‘a pagoda’ to a tourist. He pointed to the building and said ‘ this where the men with no hair live in.’ The tourist smiled & nodded many times. So, if you are in such situation, you can save yourself, can’t you?
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