You can’t help yourself using English words in your speeches if you know some while you are using your mother tongue. English is becoming the language of the world. In every sphere of life, we need English communication skill to cope up with the advancing world. Influence in English communication skill a basic requirement in job sectors.
You may have a good amount of vocabulary memorized but if you are not capable of sorting them well and arrange them in a sentence, they mean nothing. You may know all the grammar to continue a conversation still you may become speechless or incapable of carrying out the conversation in case of expressing yourself.
There are reasons behind your problems. Let’s not waste time introducing the reasons rather focus on what you need to do!
- Slow down your speaking speed
May be you are a good speaker with enough speed but when it comes in the question of speaking in a foreign language, it’s obvious you will find problem unless you are good at it. While speaking in English, you may get nervous about thinking if you are being right or people in front of you are going to burst out laughing and try to finish your speech at once. No! That’s where you are mistaking. Don’t get nervous. Don’t count your audience and finish your speech slowly, with your heart. If you hurry, you’ll make mistakes. Don’t mumble; be clear. So, slow down.
- Think before wording your thought
Well, you may think that, the people with whom you are talking with might get bored if you talk slowly. Wrong! People like thoughtful conversation. Take your time. Talk fluently but with a little bit duration. Set your mind up about your thought and gradually word them. While answering you may repeat the question and at first without answering the question you may give a view of yourself about the topic.
- Be good at using Fixed or Set phrases
Fixed or set phrases are phrases whose words are usually fixed in a certain order. They may be verb patterns, idioms, phrases, collocations – basically anything we say in a patterned way. This use will help you to let your communication make more interesting to others. You’ll be able to talk more frequently and attract others and your writings will be able to maintain a standard category. Some of the set of phrases are:
- During the day
- According to…
- Understand the fact that…
- In the meantime
- On the other hand
- It’s been a long time since
- Sorry to bother/trouble you, but…
- Oh, come on!
- Let me think for a second
- Find a native English speaker
In certain areas it’s very difficult to find a native English speaker, but it’s the best and easiest way to improve your English communication skill. This is the most effective one too. You’ll get the actual flavor of English, how to choose words, how to arrange them – these will be easier to you. If you find a tourist you may offer them to a dinner or to language exchange.
- Learn by sentences, not just words
Here’s the point. You may have a good vocabulary, but that ain’t going to help you are not capable of arranging them in an effective sequence. So, when you are learning a new word, learn a few uses of that particular word in sentences. Believe me, if you just learn the meaning of a word, one day you will definitely forget the meaning. But while you learn the uses of the same word at the time of knowing the meaning, there will be an image in your brain.
- Learn the melody of English
The melody of English – lilt, prosody, sing-songy-ness of it. If you can speak English thoroughly but sound like a robot; your communication skill in English is not satisfied. You need to learn when and how you should utter different words with different necessity. You should express your inner motion by using your vocal cord in different frequency. You need to pressurize while it’s necessary, you need to make sure that your communication perfectly reflects the uses of punctuation mark.
- Listen carefully
When communicating in a foreign language, you might be so focused on your own speaking if you are being right or wrong while you forget to listen to others what they are saying. You are on a wrong track. Listen to others. If you just focus on your speaking only, may be you start talking irrelevant things while your previous speaker changed the topic but you are still on the last track. That would be so ashamed for you. Again listening to others, you’ll be acknowledged of different types of ways to express yourself. Again you may record yourself to check your own influence.
- Learn all forms of sentences
You should not be keeping yourself closed to practicing only assertive sentences rather than keep practicing all forms of sentences. A conversation, it’s at least consisted f two person, if you don’t ask question to your partner and like he/she talks all the time – that shows not only your unwillingness but also you are being rude with him/her. So learn different types of sentences.
- Practice English at home
This can play the most vital role to improve your English communication skill as if you just English in your office and classes and while get back to your home, you revert to your native tongue – this will hinder you while practicing English in home will make it easier for you. Talk to yourself in English, watch English movies, listen to English songs – news and even you can try to copy native English speaker by just yourself.
- Practice and practice and innovate
English is spreading with great speed. And you are not supposed to be lacking behind. While speaking – feel free to use new method of communicating; that might not be as exact as to the grammar but if it sounds cool/smart enough and is able to express your feeling in a good way – that’s totally ok.
- Write everyday
You need to gear up your writing skill too. For this purpose you need to write anything every day. While you start writing, you’ll be able to know about your lacking in vocabulary and not only that you’ll be good at your spelling too. So write anything – article, blog, emails etc.
- Add phrases to your vocabulary
If you communicate just like a nine years old, whatever your topic is and how much they correct are – you’ll be treated as a nine years old. The difference between a nine years old English speaker and a well English communicator is in the vocabulary. You can enrich your vocabulary by adding new phrases gradually. Phrases sound good, looks smarter – so learn to use them.
- Don’t neglect anything
Along with get used to with fluent English, you need to maintain the smallest stuffs of grammar – punctuation, capital letters etc. You may have a good knowledge and are fluent in English but if you neglect those smallest stuffs – your English won’t be sound enough.
- Always make sure your writing is correct
Well, you can’t modify what you’ve just said right now. At best you can rephrase them. But in writing, you’ve got the chance to review it and make them correct. If you do so, your confidence will be increased. Before finishing anything written, go through it again to find out whether there is any flaw or not. Ensure your writing as a mistake free one.
- Let your hesitance go
As a non-native English user there will be mistakes in the first phases but you’ll be able to recover them gradually. But you need to stand up and speak in English; you need to take the pen, write something and show it to others – no matters what they think of you. Believe me, as you are a pioneer, no one will laugh at you if you make any mistake; on the other hand they will applaud you for having the courage, at least you’ve tried. That’s the starting, someday you will be speaking English for hours and you audience is gonna listen to you with huge clapping!
- Read, Read and Read
You need to read a lot of English articles to get the vocabulary enriched and while reading you’ll be getting in touch with the different uses of same word. You may read news papers, blogs, magazines, novels, English literatures etc which will also help you developing your thinking process and writing skill too.
- Read out loud
While you are reading anything in English, if possible – read it loudly. By doing so you’ll be able to recover your lags in communication and will be able to know about which word you need to practice more to utter it in a perfect way. If you speak English with the tone of your mother tongue, that won’t gonna help you – so be careful about it.
- Maintain gesture
While speaking with others and even to yourself, try to show your confidence with your body language. This helps you to be a good communicator in short time. While you’ll be confident in your speaking, people will be more attracted to you and you’ll be looking more comfortable in your English.