Did you know that there is just 1 simple trick to improving your English communication skills? Just 1 thing you must change about the way you learn to communicate in English naturally and automatically – without hesitation – as if English is your first language, every time you speak with someone…
If you are looking for the opportunity to express your exact thoughts and feelings spontaneously, continuously and in detail, without being forced to change what you want to say – or only speak in simple sentences – because you are still not equipped with the right English communication skills, this is the post for you… For you and those that are seeking the opportunity to understand everything they hear in English movies, TV shows, music and conversations, and are willing to acquire the necessary English communication skills in order to speak confidently – without ever feeling nervous or worried about mistakes – with the smooth pronunciation of a native speaker…
In literal terms, this 1 easy change in the way you learn English will assist you in improving your English communication skills in order for you to, finally, be confident that you’re learning the right way. However, before I reveal this trick, it is important for us to pinpoint why so many English learners have problems with their English and struggle to become fluent speakers…
Why do so many English learners often use words that sound unnatural or inadequate in conversations?
What’s the reason they often have to think about what grammar rules to use before speaking?
What stops them from speaking smoothly and clearly?
The answer to all of these questions is, in 4 words…
——- HOW THEY LEARN ENGLISH ——-
Traditional language learning methods only give English learners part of the fluency puzzle. Most teachers, in non-native English countries, teach you grammar rules, but not how to use grammar without thinking when you speak.
Students learn English through their own language, so they’re trained to hesitate and translate in their heads during conversations (which propels people to think that they lack English communication skills). They learn to read and write the formal English of academic textbooks, but get very little training listening to – and speaking – casual, conversational, spoken English.
So, what is the 1 simple hack to becoming a successful English speaker?
Basically, it is to learn English communication skills like native speakers.
Fluency is nothing more than a collection of habits, like using grammar without thinking, or pronouncing
words correctly. So, all you need to do is develop the same habits native speakers have to learn the same way native speakers learn…
When you learn English like native speakers, you master grammar automatically – without grammar tables and boring drills – through visual examples and stories. Building fluency like a native speaker means you also learn slang, idioms, phrasal verbs and other conversational, spoken English expressions, in addition to what’s appropriate for writing.
When you learn this way, it’s easy, fun, fast and doesn’t feel like studying at all, just like how you learned your own native language…
Now that you know that you must change the way you learn if you want to get fluent – because the traditional methods you’ve been using until now have not helped you become a confident speaker – how can you start developing the habits of a native English speaker so you can start speaking fluent English confidently?
How can I improve my grammar skills?
- Master challenging grammar points without over-complicated grammar lists or boring drills – so that you can use grammar without hesitation when you speak…
- Understand everything native speakers say and build a vocabulary of real, conversational words and expressions to start speaking naturally and correctly…
- Improve both your pronunciation and overall English communication skills by practising them and continuously assessing your progress. Make your priority to sound like a native speaker…
- Develop the habit of speaking and responding spontaneously (and naturally) in real situations…
- Overcome shyness, meet native English speakers online and in the real world to practice speaking with, and build speaking confidence… or utilise qualified English teachers/tutors to help with your conversational needs.
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One simple example of a way to improve your English communication skills (and usage) is to not use mechanical or memorised phrases for your greetings and farewells.
Most students have memorised one or two basic greetings and use them too often. Some of the greetings that are taught to young students are stiff and unnatural. In particular the tried and true, and very tired, “Fine, thank you, and you?”
Most native speakers will immediately adjust their language to what they guess (mistakenly or not) is your English level based on your initial greetings and responses.
If you greet them with a perceived mechanical and unnatural greeting, they’ll most likely give you a very simple response and won’t be very responsive – as they will assume that your skill level is low and that it will be difficult to communicate with you.
Try a more flexible set of initial greetings and responses that demonstrate warmth and friendliness.
- Good morning, how are you today?
- Good morning, how are you doing today?
- how do you do?
- Good evening, how are you doing?
- I am doing very well, how about you?
- Great, thank you! How are you doing today?
- Just fine, and you?
- I am OK, how about you?
Another pristine example is the confusion around negative statements by some English learners. Students of English often forget to include a main verb when making negative statements.
- He doesn’t English
- He can’t English
- He doesn’t speak English
- He can’t speak English
Another effective way to improve your English communication skills is to use articles consistently and accurately.
The world renown publisher Collins Cobuild Publishers reported that 8.5% of all English communication utilises ‘the’, ‘a’ or ‘an’. So, improving in this area will mean improving your English communication skills overall.
The general rule is that articles are NOT used before a common noun in the singular if it is preceded by demonstrative terms such as this, that, these or those; possessive adjectives such as her, his, my, their, our or your; or when referring to following after phrases such as kind of or sort of, or after whose.
- The name of a specific mountain or island
- The name of city, country, continent or season
- one’s own parents (father and mother)
- Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
- The name of diseases
I had a breakfast this morning.
I had breakfast this morning.
I am from the Paris.
I am from Paris.
This is a my vehicle.
This is my vehicle.
The cricket is not my favourite sport.
Cricket is not my favourite sport.
I love the Kangaroo Island.
I love Kangaroo Island.
The indefinite articles ‘a’ and ‘an’
‘A’ should be used before nouns that begin with a consonant sound and ‘an’ should be used before nouns that begin with a vowel sound. Make students say ‘a university’ instead of ‘an university’; and ‘an hour’ instead of ‘a hour’.
COUNTABLE AND UNCOUNTABLE NOUNS
‘A’ and “AN’ are not used with uncountable nouns such as advice, furniture, machinery, money and work; nouns such as work, health and permission; plural countable nouns such as dogs and cats; and cardinal numbers (one, two, etc.) that precede nouns.
PEOPLE, PLACES OR THINGS
‘A’/’AN’ must always be used when referring to one specific type of person, place or thing.
e.g. I saw a policeman at your house last night.
e.g. I saw a suspicious car parked outside your house.
‘A’ and ‘AN’ are used before professional titles – if not preceded by
a cardinal number.
For instance, you’d say ‘I’m really sick. I need a doctor fast!’
‘I’m in big trouble. I need ten lawyers fast!’
Other important grammatical rules
MAKE vs. DO
These two verbs create problems for most students as much of the usage is idiomatic and requires you to memorise it—rather than to understand and reason out the use.
Make functions as a main verb. Make in its more literal sense is generally used to refer to building, constructing, producing or creating something. That something can be abstract as well as concrete, for example: make a decision, make an agreement.
Do can function as a main verb or as an auxiliary verb. Do is used to describe an action without saying exactly what the action is, or to talk about work and jobs. Examples include: do something crazy, do me a favor.
EVEN IF / EVEN THOUGH
Students frequently are confused about the use of ‘even if’ and ‘even though’.
‘Even though’ should be used when the condition being mentioned already exists.
Don’t say: Even though it rains tomorrow, I fly to Paris.
Do say: Even if it rains tomorrow, I will be flying to Paris.
Don’t say: Even if Taiwan is a small country, it has many beautiful
IN / AGO
Students of English often make errors in the use of in and ago when they are talking about the past or future – when the reference point in time is now (at this moment).
When the reference point in time is now and you are talking about something in the past use ago. He quit driving five years ago.
When the reference in time is now and you are talking about
something in the future use in. I will quit smoking in two days.
Don’t say: I graduated from university two years before.
Do say: I graduated from university two years ago.
Do say: I will graduate from university in two years.
How can I speak proper English?
There are three main English communication skills that will drastically help you speak English like a native speaker.
You should practise as many times as you need until your pronunciation is correct. Then get into your subconscious mind by practising more. Read English literature and record yourself by either using a recorder such as your computer, a cell phone or an MP3 recorder. Put on a pair of headphones and record your voice repeating the contents of your readings from the beginning to the end.
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When speaking English, we change our voice regularly. We raise the pitch of our voice on some words and lower on other words.
Let’s look at these two really simple sentences.
1. It’s Susan’s book.
2. It’s Susan’s book.
In sentence 1, the underlined word is Susan. “Susan” is the most important word in this sentence. It tells your listeners that this is about who the book belongs to. It belongs to Susan. Therefore, the word “Susan” is stressed.
Try to say the first sentence with stress on the word “Susan.” Raise the pitch of your voice on the word “Susan” to emphasise its importance.
Now try to say sentence 2. The underlined word in sentence 2 is “book.” In this sentence, “Susan” is not the most important word. “Book” is. It tells your listeners this is about Susan’s what! It’s about Susan’s book. Therefore, the word “book” is stressed.
In sentences, words are not pronounced one by one. They’re pronounced with connections. Let’s look at the following words.
Let’s go one step deeper. In the following words, the underlined letters can connect to the first letter of the next word.
As they connect, they form a new sound. Following are sentences with vowels, a, e, i, o, u, at the end of a word and immediately at the beginning in the next word.
I also invited the other team.
I unzipped the airbag.
Go on to Avenue A.
When we say a, e, i, we naturally add a “y” sound to connect to the next word. When we say o or u, we naturally add a “w” sound to connect to the next word. Let’s look at more.
Did you see that?
Would you like one?
How did yesterday go?
That sounds yummy.
Seize your sword.
Realize your potential.
Recapping on how to improve your English communication skills
- Change how your learn English by developing the same habits native speakers have to learn English effectively;
- Master complicated grammar points without confusing grammar tables or boring drills so you can use grammar without hesitation when you speak;
- Develop the habit of SPEAKING;
- Have Lessons with native speakers online or speak to your friends that are native speakers;
- Improve your pronunciation and speak like a native speaker by practising every day;
- Build a vocabulary of real conversational words for you to start speaking naturally and correctly;
- Understand and practice intonation and liaison.
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