How to improve your speaking skills

For some reason, when you first ask a student what their goal when learning English is, most of them say “I want to improve my speaking skills”. We know that English is one of the most important languages all over the world 🌍, spoken by more than 1.35 billion people all over the world, although the great majority of these people aren’t actually native English speakers. It is a language greatly used to communicate with people from any country, in any continent

So, we know that many people still want to be able to perfectionate their skills, not only speaking but also listening, writing, and reading, but in today’s blog we’re going to focus on how to improve your speaking skills 👄. Sit tight and start reading some tips that will help you if you really want to become more fluent in this amazing language!

1. Having English classes

The first and most obvious way of improving your speaking skills (or any skill in general) is to start having English classes with a good English teacher 👩🏻‍🏫 who will really help you to become proficient in the language. Having a class with a teacher will help you to learn and improve your grammar structures, add new vocabulary and slang that you will be able to use in your day-to-day life, and will correct all those little pronunciation mistakes that you might make while you have a conversation with them.

Improving your speaking skills is not only about pronouncing perfectly in English or studying phonetics and phonology, but also about expanding your knowledge of the language and being able to understand others 🗣 as well as being able to speak fluently.

If you are in need of an English teacher to improve your speaking skills, don’t forget to check out this post on the 3 essential characteristics that all English teachers should have

2. Record yourself when speaking English

No one likes listening to their own recorded voice, that’s a fact, but if you really want to improve your speaking skills you will start doing it! When you record yourself while speaking and afterwards listen to it, you are able to hear your own mistakes 🤔 and realize certain things that you might be mispronouncing without being aware of it.

There are many little things that you might notice when hearing yourself speak, such as not pronouncing correctly certain phonemes like /θ/, or not being able to differentiate between one phoneme and another such as /æ/ and /Ʌ/. Recording yourself will certainly help you to find out these tiny mistakes 🔍 and while listening to yourself you will be able to improve your speaking skills.

3. Do a language exchange

Doing a language exchange with both native and non-native speakers is another very good way to improve your speaking skills. There you will not only be able to learn from native people but also from non-natives, as they both can contribute to helping you to become more fluent in the language. Natives will be able to correct your mistakes while you can also help them by correcting them in your language, and non-natives will give you a different perspective and you will be able to learn from what they know as well as from the mistakes they make themselves. I think it’s a win-win situation 😍 for everyone!

At NikaTeacher, we have already organized some language exchanges between our students, both current ones as well as old ones. If you’re interested in attending one to improve your speaking skills, I suggest that you keep your eyes open for any upcoming news about our next language exchange 🇪🇸 🇬🇧 which I’m sure will take place very soon!

Are you ready to start becoming more fluent in English? If you want to book a class with us, you can leave us a message right here, and we will get in touch with you ASAP! 

Now, we would like to know your opinion. Which tip do you think is the most useful to improve your speaking skills? Do you have any other tips that you would like to share with us? Leave your comments below and let us know what you think.

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