Master speaking english

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Hi,

I am ok with writing english in chat conversations and emails. But when it comes to speaking directly with native speakers my english is not good enough, i mean i can't frame sentences immediately, Can you guys tell me how to master speaking english like a native speaker.

Btw, i don't have any native english speakers near by me or online.

Any suggestions will be helpful to me.
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  • Profile picture of the author AdamPayne
    Hi,

    My background is in applied linguistics and over the years have taught this for 14 years.

    First, English belongs to everyone, not native speakers. You need to keep your identity. As a Brit, I speak very differently from an American.

    Seek out opportunities to communicate with people. Skype lessons. There are plenty of people online. Search for language learning clubs too.

    Set realistic goals. Don't expect too much from yourself.

    Try and remember 3 new words per day and when alone, speak out loud.

    Hope this helps a little.
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    • Profile picture of the author HN
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      Originally Posted by nocturnal911 View Post

      I am ok with writing english in chat conversations and emails. But when it comes to speaking directly with native speakers my english is not good enough, i mean i can't frame sentences immediately
      I know what you mean. Same here. When it comes to talking to people on the phone or street I sometimes stop for a few seconds to find correct words, no matter what the language - English, Russian, Swedish, Spanish ...
      Reading a lot or even listening to audio books has had a very little effect to solve this. You have to start talking to people (or yourself), I don't know if there is any other way round. Try to create videos where you explain something in English. Even if you never intend to publish the videos, that can be helpful. You'll see where you stumble.

      Originally Posted by AdamPayne View Post

      My background is in applied linguistics and over the years have taught this for 14 years.
      Set realistic goals. Don't expect too much from yourself.
      Try and remember 3 new words per day and when alone, speak out loud.
      Adam, can you explain why 3 new words a day? Why not 30 or 300?
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  • Profile picture of the author hazemelbadry
    Originally Posted by nocturnal911 View Post

    Hi,

    I am ok with writing english in chat conversations and emails. But when it comes to speaking directly with native speakers my english is not good enough, i mean i can't frame sentences immediately, Can you guys tell me how to master speaking english like a native speaker.

    Btw, i don't have any native english speakers near by me or online.

    Any suggestions will be helpful to me.

    Hi nocturnal,

    I'm not a native speaker like you, but I have studied English in the College. And from my experience, I can tell you that mastering English language is not difficult at all, but it needs some time and practice. The answer to your question lies in one simple word: Reading. You have to always practice reading in English. The more you read, the more you will be aware of the sentence structure and the more you will acquire new vocabulary. Reading will enhance you and make you master writing, listening and speaking. Practice reading in English as a habit that you should do everyday, and believe me, you will see a big difference after a short time.

    Beside reading, I advice you to practice listening. Listen to movies, conversations and anything in English. It is not important to understand everything, but the most important thing is that you will be familiar to the accent. I know a wonderful website where you can practice listening skill and learn English at the same time. It is engVid. I hope this can help you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shane N
    One thing that might help...

    English is one of the most Idiomatic languages.

    We often say things that are just "expressions" and they are not meant to be "literal"
    such as the phrase:

    This WSO costs "an arm and a leg."

    IDIOM = "An arm and a leg"

    MEANING = It is very expensive.

    You can find a lot more idioms at websites like this: http://www.idiomsite.com

    When learning English, it's important to be familiar with these so that you aren't super
    confused when someone says something that is not meant to be literal...

    Also, if you can master a few idioms of your own and learn how to use them naturally in
    conversation, you will be perceived as a much better English speaker.

    Hope that helps!
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    • Profile picture of the author hardraysnight
      Originally Posted by Shane N View Post

      One thing that might help...

      English is one of the most Idiomatic languages.

      We often say things that are just "expressions" and they are not meant to be "literal"
      such as the phrase:

      This WSO costs "an arm and a leg."

      IDIOM = "An arm and a leg"

      MEANING = It is very expensive.

      You can find a lot more idioms at websites like this: http://www.idiomsite.com

      When learning English, it's important to be familiar with these so that you aren't super
      confused when someone says something that is not meant to be literal...

      Also, if you can master a few idioms of your own and learn how to use them naturally in
      conversation, you will be perceived as a much better English speaker.

      Hope that helps!
      idiomatic or idiotomatic?
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  • Profile picture of the author Rick Rodd
    You can create an account in those language learning websites where you can find individuals you can talk via Skype. Learning to speak English is indeed easy if you get to have a personal conversation with real people.
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    Watch American movies. Day and night, night and day. Put 'em on your phone, your computer, your TV. You'll get the hang of the language in no time.
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  • Profile picture of the author IrisMKH
    I'm a fan of Benny Lewis. You'll find a ton of tips on how to find speakers to practice with on his website.

    Here's a relevant page: Review of italki: Find native teachers and free language exchanges to learn a language via Skype

    Like people said before, Skype is golden. You can also find native speakers on language learning websites like Livemocha.

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  • Profile picture of the author Amer A
    Hi nocturnal911

    Take a look at BBC learning English website.

    Regards

    Amer A
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  • Profile picture of the author john551
    you learn by three ways speak,listen and write, do all three regularly and you will be fine
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  • Profile picture of the author socialentry
    I'm not a native speaker.

    I learned by playing Japanese video games like Final Fantasy 7. Watching History TV and CNN also.

    I also read famous english novels like Robert Heinlein's.

    It was much easier to learn first from the written word.
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