People often say: My spouse, My family, Only me or not Many etc., When I ask “How Many people know about your learning English”
This is an important question as its the language you wish to speak in with people right. You are doing it to improve your communication with these very people and as you tell them it automatically sets a stage for you to practice with them… The people who support your efforts are obviously your friends and interested in your GROWTH.
Its difficult to Learn a Language in isolation so my request is declare ‘what you are learning- communication/conversation skills’ to as many people as you feel comfortable with. You don’t need to say ‘I want to practice my Spoken English with you’ maybe you could start as under:
- Put MORE words of English in your everyday speech.. greet everyone
- Start answering all the questions asked in English… Yes/No questions are quite easy followed by How Many, How Much, What, Where, Who, When and finally ‘How to’ and ‘Why’ types of questions.
- Invite people and make polite requests in English… you already send your greetings and good wishes in English right?
- Write all your formal email and answer them in ‘correct and polished’ language
- Give your introduction to new contacts, start asking questions to begin a conversation.
- Discuss your hobbies, interests, needs wants…and feeling etc.
- Describing your daily routines, holiday/childhood experience (past) and future plans
The above can broadly be called ‘Speak-up’ and ‘Speak-out’ situations where your need to speak 4-5 sentences or up to 1 min. to express yourself such that others don’t take you wrong. So declare to the world at large that you have the ability to “speak easily and with confidence to anyone” – you do this by speaking to more and more people – as making a radio broadcast is not possible. This will gradually increase your circle of practice within your existing friends and ‘English – conversations’ definitely increase your friends circle. You gain confidence as you add common words/expressions in your active vocabulary, learn the basic structures (Grammar rules) and speak with clear pronunciation. We cover them in our BASIC program.
Are you ready for doing ‘meaningful conversations’ as you face more ‘real-word’ situations in Business?
By this time or after the everyday-conversations, you would have developed enough confidence and skill to put intonation and modulation in your speech as used by more polished business speakers and you will be more comfortable to do any ‘meaningful conversation’ that help you establish a relationship. It can be when you face an ‘interview’ or other business situations where you need to ‘Speak-about’ yourself in details or ‘Speak-on’ a given topic for 2-10 minutes. Essentially, you need to ‘sell-yourself’ or your professional profile – to be more polite! You showcase your technical knowledge, skills, talents, strengths, experiences and demonstrate communication skills such that your first impression is good and the person wants to deal with you in future as well.
In these professional situations you will use be required to speak more meaningfully so you also need to have good listening -nearly 100% comprehension of words, right expressions and pronunciation, tone as well as the body-language. You begin to form paragraphs to make a ‘connected speech’ that is impressive enough and goes like a story (with a solid beginning and a great ending). There is always a need to get applauds and sometimes, all of us need to win an argument. There is immense power to influence your audience with your Conversations – make them engaging and leave an impact!
Read my posts on the topics under Conversations, In-case you can ‘Speak-out’ but feel difficulties in ‘Speaking on a topic’, you may need to join an Intermediate Level program that also focuses on your ‘Communication’ skills. You could have reasonable level of ease, confidence and fluency with your English maybe in 2 months. (Remember its not about speaking fast).