How to Improve Your Communication Skills by Speaking Better English

Practice makes perfect, especially when you want to improve your communication skills. You can find help to polish your English in a host of environments, and a wide array of media.

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You Will Need

  • Repetition
  • Media
  • Dictionary
  • Internet access
  • Books
  • Sticky notes
  • Diary

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Repeat conversations

    Study mouth movements as people converse. Repeat what they say, preserving tone, volume, and rhythm. Utilizing media like television and films and listening to music or books on tape all offer a chance to absorb English.

  2. News broadcasters must neutralize the emotions, so don't mistake their delivery for the way you might hear normal conversation.

  3. Step 2

    Familiarize yourself

    Familiarize yourself with the dictionary to improve English communication skills, transcribing words, pronunciations, and definitions to improve. Speaking and reading aloud in English for a set amount of time each day strengthens your abilities.

  4. Step 3

    Listen, study, repeat

    Ask friends to pronounce difficult words. Listen, study, and repeat with their help, especially focusing on the endings of words. Record your voice and critique your skills later.

  5. Some websites offer daily, short English lessons sent to your email or your phone.

  6. Step 4

    Switch searches

    Switch your search engine or mobile phone settings to English language. Find online chats where you have to respond quickly in English.

  7. Step 5

    Read a translation

    Re-read a book from your past, but this time in an English translation. Concentrate on the dialogue, which is more similar to what you would speak than the narrative descriptions, which might not come up every day.

  8. Some books and magazines may be too difficult at present. Don't be afraid to quit one and find an easier level text to learn from at first.

  9. Step 6

    Teach family

    Teach English to your family. Passing knowledge to others is a proven way to permanently fix that same knowledge in your own brain.

  10. Step 7

    Label stuff

    Label objects in your home by putting their names on sticky notes, which serve as visual reminders. Play a radio regularly to reinforce the English language, giving you a subliminal flow of words into your unconscious as you work.

  11. Try listening to a talk radio news show. It will provide more English speaking than a music station.

  12. Step 8

    Maintain a diary

    Keep a diary of a running conversation with yourself in English, using words associated with your daily experiences. They will eventually become habitual choices and part of your everyday interactions with others.

  13. In 2010, the more than 42,000 students in Pennsylvania who had limited English proficiency spoke 175 different languages.

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