Tips for speaking English fluently! – Where do you get input from? (Part I)

19 Apr

There is English input available everywhere. Here are a few tips and suggestions for you to find input of English around you and improve your English speech:

Rent or buy an English movie DVD

Rent or buy an English movie DVD. Put the English subtitles on. Follow the movie.

This has many advantages:

  • You will be able to compare the written words to the correct pronunciations.
  • You will get a feel of how real English sentences are formed when speaking.
  • You will be learning English, but it will not be frustrating and boring because you will be watching a movie.

Please note: When you watch the movie, be sure to keep your dictionary handy. Whenever you come across a new word, pause the movie and look it up in the dictionary. If you don’t do this, the whole experience will be quite pointless.

Read about any subject that interests you

There are a lot of English magazines or newspapers available on a lot of different topics: Business, Politics, Society, Career, Arts, Lifestyle, etc.

No matter what subject interests you, there must be some magazine or newspaper that talks about it.

Find the magazine/newspaper that interests you and read it cover to cover. Be sure to look out for new words and new phrases and look them up in the dictionary as you go.

If you cannot find a magazine/newspaper of your choice, look for information you are interested in on the Internet. There is information available on every topic under the sun on the Internet.

Read Internet forums of subject matter that interests you

Go to Internet forums of the subject matter that interests you. Generally, most of the forums are in English and are a great source of English input.

For those of you who are not familiar with Internet forums, these are places where people interested in a particular subject can get together and share their views and opinions about a particular subject. You can also ask specific questions to other people and they will help you out if they can.

Forums are a great source of information. Also, in forums real people talk about real problems. Most of the information typed in forums is written in an informal way. Because of this, the forums make a good source for English input. Reading forums exposes you to a lot of phrases of daily use.

You could find forums on any subject matter that interests you at: Google Groups

You could also go to “Google” and search for the forum of the subject matter you are interested in by typing in something like “BarCamp Phnom Penh Group” or “Cambodian Business Network” etc.

When reading forums also make sure you find out the meaning of every new word or phrase you come across or the whole exercise will be useless.

(To be continued)

By Jai Hind (with some editing)

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