Tips for Speaking

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Re: Tips for Speaking

Postby lasjuanas » Tue Sep 30, 2008 8:56 pm

:-D Hi i just registered and i agree with you guys, i always watch tv, hear music to improve my english, but if you learn a new word and you dont practice every day you will never going to improve your english... i really thank you for the tips.

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Re: Tips for Speaking

Postby Tedddy » Thu May 07, 2009 5:14 pm

Hello everybody! For the best pronunciation it is necessary much to listen kaset in English, transmitters of language. And practiced together with them. Then there will be good results.

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Re: Tips for Speaking

Postby r1lita » Tue May 19, 2009 7:31 am

myenglishtutor wrote:Hi,
I think your accent is probably the least important part about learning your language. ... The most important part of learning English is increasing your vocabulary, perfecting your grammar, getting the pronunciation right and learning the different idioms


I completely agree with you.

For an ESL student, the speaking practice is pretty difficult because sometimes it's hard to find someone to speak with. For my case, I've joined an English Club in my city and it has helped me alot.

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Re: Tips for Speaking

Postby frdsmth » Wed May 27, 2009 9:24 am

Good communication comes in many forms and styles. No rule is ever set in stone and breaking the rules can sometimes be the best way to get your point across. You should figure out what works best for you and develop your own style.

Whenever you do speak, always dress appropriately. You should look at least as good as your audience does. If you are appearing as an authority on your subject, dress better than your audience, if possible.

Always try to be informed on your subject. An audience can usually tell if you don't know what you are talking about. If someone asks a question you don't have the answer to, it is okay to say that you aren't sure. Be especially careful when your words may have undesired consequences.

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Re: Tips for Speaking

Postby englishhelps » Thu Jun 25, 2009 8:30 am

You should enunciate your words properly. Make sure that every syllable is enunciated properly. You can practice by reading a book allowed.

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Re: Tips for Speaking

Postby englishhelps » Sat Jun 27, 2009 3:31 pm

If you're speaking as a resource speaker for an audience, it wouldn't hurt to start off with a joke especially if you're nervous. This will help break the ice and whatever wall is between you and the audience. It can also help your confidence.

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Re: Tips for Speaking

Postby englishhelps » Wed Jul 01, 2009 4:20 pm

You also have to speak slowly! If you're speaking too fast, you have the tendency to stutter and to get lost in thought. When you're speaking slowly, you can gather your thoughts while you're speaking and you can also focus on proper pronunciation.

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Re: Tips for Speaking

Postby englishhelps » Wed Jul 08, 2009 10:15 am

Work on removing fillers and foghorns. Fillers are unnecessary words that we sometimes use. Words like basically, actually etc. Some people are dependent on fillers to keep the speech going.

Foghorns are words like "aahh", "uhm" and the likes. We sometimes use this if we're thinking of what we're going to say next.

It's not wrong to pause every now and then. Just pause instead of using fillers and foghorns to gather your thoughts. It will sound more natural that way,

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Re: Tips for Speaking

Postby englishhelps » Sat Jul 11, 2009 1:39 pm

^I agree! Goodluck on being a DJ! I've always wanted to be one! :)

I agree that you shouldn't be afraid to commit mistakes. Even the best english speakers commit mistakes as well. Just be confident and know how to handle mistakes correctly. Just laugh it off, learn from it and continue! :)

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Re: Tips for Speaking

Postby englishhelps » Wed Jul 15, 2009 5:11 am

You can also practice speaking by visualizing yourself making that speech! This will help you calm down your nerves.

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Re: Tips for Speaking

Postby englishhelps » Tue Jul 21, 2009 7:00 am

If you're going to speak in front of an audience as a speaker, make sure that you know your material by heart! Don't rely too much on your prepared materials. You should know the subject by heart which will give you more confidence.

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Re: Tips for Speaking

Postby englishhelps » Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:25 am

If you're going to speak in front of an audience, have idiot cards instead of having your whole speech in front of you. Idiot cards or cue cards work best in small index cards. Just write down the topics and guides of what you're going to talk about. Not only will it look more natural, it can develop your speaking skills as well.

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Re: Tips for Speaking

Postby englishhelps » Sat Sep 05, 2009 4:54 pm

mathewhayden wrote:Here are some tips by me to you for a good speaking skill. To speak fluently, first you should have confidence in yourself for a good start. And then choose any topic and start writing on that topic first and then take a recorder and start saying what you have written. Then you hear it and notice where you are in fault and then improve it.


Great tips. If you don't believe in yourself, why should your listeners believe in you?

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Re: Tips for Speaking

Postby mariaa » Tue Sep 08, 2009 9:54 am

Hello,
I have read your suggestions regarding English speaking. Its very good suggestion. But i want to add something. One should speak in English all the time. Start talking with friends, relatives and colleagues.

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Re: Tips for Speaking

Postby englishhelps » Thu Sep 10, 2009 6:07 pm

Yes you're right. Practice makes perfect. :)

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Re: Tips for Speaking

Postby jamesmartyn » Sat Oct 03, 2009 5:29 am

Careful transitions are an important part of preparation. A transition is a bridge from Point A to Point B - a connection between two points. If you learn to use specific transitions, you will improve the fluency of your speech as well as avoiding the verbalized pauses and unnecessary words. Good transitions demonstrate a command of language, thus enhancing your credibility.

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Re: Tips for Speaking

Postby syakirah » Mon Mar 01, 2010 12:57 am

sometimes im afraid to talk in english because im scared if i make mistakes... and i cant speak well infront others... but, when im talking to myself i can speak well... so anyone can help me,,, pleazes... :-(

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confuse

Postby syakirah » Mon Mar 01, 2010 11:34 pm

however, my vocab is still lacking and sometimes i cant figure out what word must i describe during my conversation, huhu... and when im studying vocab, the vocab that i learn can't be used in the conversation... anyone,, please helpzz mezzz..... :roll:

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Re: Tips for Speaking

Postby PureGuava » Thu May 27, 2010 5:24 pm

In front of an audience, if the occasion allows it and/or it is quasi-informal, try bringing a little levity:

"You will have to excuse me, English is not my native tongue, so I might pronounce some words poorlier." <pause> "I know, poorlier is not grammatically correct... it's worstest." <pause during laughter> "That was a freebie." <smile then start speech>

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Re: Tips for Speaking

Postby maamstmas » Sat Oct 23, 2010 8:30 am

Hi, Guys
thanks my brother for your tips,
they are very important to learning speaking,
but if i leave in Arabic country all of theme only speak Arabic language, what can i do?

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Lead Answer

Postby anneparker » Fri Dec 31, 2010 2:23 pm

Really needed these kind of tips for speaking English , i am really into to speaking English. Well, when i will lead to the success then i will help to others .

http://www.answers.com/topic/lead-10


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