How to speak with a better accent and become a fluent English speaker? If you are asking yourself these questions, you are in the right place. I’m going to show you three very important things that you need to do if you want to speak better English. Here they are!
Before we start: these tips are universal, but mainly for people who want to learn American English.
1. Record yourself to assess your pronunciation and intonation
Record yourself while reading aloud a book or an article. Then assess your accent – look for mistakes in your pronunciation and intonation, look for things (words, sounds) that were difficult for you to pronounce and so on. Then, eliminate these mistakes!
2. Watch American movies and repeat after the actors
Watching movies is one of the best ways to improve your vocabulary, your speaking skills and of course your listening skills. If you want to improve your speaking skills, watch movies with subtitles and repeat after the actors. Do it aloud!
3. Listen to podcasts with transcriptions
One of the best podcasts for people who want to learn American English is VOA News Special English podcasts. The speakers in these podcasts speak very slowly and there’s a transcription provided. To practice your speaking skills, listen to these podcasts and imitate the speakers. Aloud!
That’s it – three tips on how to improve your speaking skills in English. I’m sure that if you put them to use and practice on a daily basis, you’ll quickly notice a great improvement. However, keep in mind that “quickly” doesn’t mean “overnight”. It takes more time to improve your speaking skills. Good luck and have fun while improving your speaking skills!