5 ways to develop great conversation skills in English
Want to immerse yourself in English or American culture?
Want to speak like a native?
Then, you have to master conversational English!
Wait, what is conversational English?
Simply put, conversational English is the informal way of speaking English. In other words, conversational English is what native speakers use in their day to day life.
For most English learners, the end goal is to achieve fluency. However, in order to do so, it is important to understand both formal and informal English. But, you will probably use informal English more often. Formal English is only used in academic and work settings, and even then, you might find yourself using informal English with your professor or colleagues.
So what are the best ways to improve my conversational English?
Well, you’ve come to the right place! In this article, we’ll share some tips on how to improve your conversational English. If you follow these tips, you’ll be speaking like a native in no time!
1. Find a conversation/chatting buddy
This is by far the number one way to fast track your fluency in conversational English. Although it’s better to find someone you can actually speak with, a chatting buddy is just as good. Through chatting, you can come across English slang that a lot of native English speakers use. Don’t worry if at first you don’t understand most of the slang. You’d be surprised at how quickly you’ll be able to understand their meaning.
You can find speaking or chatting buddies on public forums or chatting apps like discord. You’d undoubtedly be able to find someone who shares your interests.
2. Train yourself to think in English
It might be difficult at first, but the more you’re used to thinking in English, the more natural it will feel. Eventually, you’ll no longer have to translate words in your mind. And if you don’t have to translate words in your mind, speaking in English will be much more effortless!
3. Join a Facebook group or Twitter community of things you like
Are you into gaming?
Perhaps you’re into Marvel or DC comics?
Then, go look up Facebook groups or Twitter accounts for your interests! I guarantee you’ll be able to find a group or a community of something you like. I am sure no one in these communities speaks formal English.
What’s more, communities like these sometimes have a dedicated movie night where you can watch a movie together virtually and talk about it after! That’s a great way to improve your conversational English!
You can talk about your hobbies and interests while learning English!
4. Watch English speaking YouTubers!
There are so many great YouTubers out there talking about lots and lots of different genres, so, find your favourite one!
You can imitate the YouTuber as they talk, and find out the meaning of slang you come across. You can use the LLRC technique to get the full benefit of not only learning new vocabulary and slang but also improve your pronunciation
Listen: start by listening to the sentence
Repeat: pause the audio and repeat the sentence
Record: record yourself as you repeat the sentence
Compare: compare your voice recording with the original audio and note where you can improve.
Once you’ve nailed the sentence, repeat it a couple of times to get yourself used to speak in English correctly. If you do this diligently, you’ll be able to speak fluently in no time!
5. Join a conversation course
This is also a great way to fast-track your conversational English learning journey. The more you hear spoken English, the quicker you’ll be able to pick up how it is used in casual settings. You can also practice with your tutor and classmates. A good course will also provide you with personalized feedback and teach you exactly how you can improve. You will also understand the nuances behind spoken English in more depth.
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In this article, we’ve shared ways you can improve your conversational English. We recommend doing all the tips in conjunction so you can improve your conversational English quickly. We hope you find it useful!
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