English is just another language, but it makes a world of difference by being fluent in English!! Professional front, academic front or otherwise, the language has always been ‘an icing on the cake’!! but trust me when I say that picking up Spoken English skills is absolutely easy, it’s just a piece of cake and no, no, no, I’m not exaggerating, I am being honest.
so, here I have a list of tips and tricks to help you polish your spoken language and to rebuilt and restore your lost confidence.
Read and Read
Now this might seem like the age-old advice given by anybody and everybody, but here I have a little twist to attached. Of course, reading is a great practice, but never read out of compulsion and out of stress. It’s never going to aid the process. Read things that are simple, easy and interesting. Read what you like under the Sun, read what interests you, read what keeps you keeps you engaged and engrossed. Now, this could be comic book too. You don’t have to jump to huge novels and literature. Remember: what doesn’t interest you is going to take you away from your prime goal of learning Spoken English.
Seems a little weird?? Not at all!! To learn, go back to your roots, bring back the child in you. Watch some cartoons that you enjoyed in your childhood, with subtitles on, of course. Believe me, they are not going to entertain you, but are also going to help you develop vocabulary, develop the right sentence structure whilst having fun. For me, I till date enjoy watching Popeye, The Powerpuff Girls and Duck Tales.
Journaling might seem like a huge word, but it is actually simple and rejuvenating. Journaling is nothing, but the process of scribbling down your thoughts, feelings and happenings throughout the day. It’s like venting out everything on a piece of paper and feeling relaxed thereafter.
Consider your journal as another dear friend of yours (you are giving away all your secrets) and tell your heart’s secrets in English (after all, you can be yourself in front of your friends without being judged).
Gradually, the habit of journaling will take your language to the next level and you would realize this on your own as the time devoted in framing sentences and getting the right words at the right time would decline. This secret practice of sharing your secrets with your ‘journal buddy’ is going to take you a long way.
This is my next tip to build your spoken skills. Stop texting people in the language you are comfortable in. instead, start sending voice messages in English. This would be a little time consuming initially, with all the doubts and fears of being judged!! But do not give up, please. Success comes to those who don’t fear being judged. Pledge to yourself to send voice messages and this is going to prepare you in an incognito fashion to carry on your conversations in the real world.
Think in English
Many naïve speakers have the habit of thinking in their native language and then translating into English. Now that’s an absolute wrong practice because a direct translation is never possible. So one best habit that can help you consolidate Spoken English skills is to think in English and then, to speak in the very same language. Stop translating and you’ll discover the transformation happening.
Mimic the News Anchors
Yes, you read that right!! Mimic the news anchors as they read the news stories for the day, with understanding (keep the subtitle on for your aid). This practice would also help you pick up the right sentence formation and would help you overcome the habit of using fillers. Again, you could stick to the news stories that interest you, like world, sports, national etc.
Assign Homework to Yourself
Be your own teacher and remember, no class is complete without a homework attached for better revision and learning. Be strict with yourself and give yourself some assignments every day. Assignment can be preparing a minute’s speech to be practiced in front of the mirror the next day, a story narration (also to be practiced in front of the mirror the next day), learning ten idioms or learning ten phrasal verbs from the internet, re narrating some story or some tv episode watched. So, just be innovative and create your kind of homework for yourself.
These tips and tricks might look a little funky or a little odd, but try to put them into practice for at least two weeks consistently and you will discover the change on your own. Remember, nothing and no one can drive you to your goal as much as your own fire!!
Good luck and good wishes!!