Is it possible to speak perfect English?
Tips & tricks to be fluent in English
Every beginning is difficult, but once you start to learn a foreign language, the first successes usually come quickly. Provided you choose a language that is not too difficult. Most of them, with wise foresight, do not dare to speak Hungarian, Finnish or Mandarin anyway, but instead choose English as their first foreign language. The reason for this is obvious. English has long since conquered our everyday lives, it is omnipresent in a subtle way. We have been shaped by English-language music and films from childhood. Even in kindergarten, English songs are sung and the little ones are taught to form the simplest sentences. Numerous anglicisms, such as cool comic or Download, have long been used as a matter of course in German (and many other languages). In addition, English is considered a world language, so you can always get ahead anywhere, that got to you just can.
Even if undeniably questionable Denglish-Sentences like "I have to speak to the nice dude in the coffee shop the next time, he's just too cute" suggest that especially young people speak English so are powerful that it belongs to the common jargon for them in almost every language, nevertheless only very few speak fluent English. Why is that? And what can you do to speak better English?
In German, too, you can only express yourself fluently if you have an appropriate repertoire of words. Since it is best to have a basic vocabulary of 2,000 to 3,000 words in order to have conversations in everyday life, the moment of truth has now come: unfortunately there is no way around learning vocabulary. With a certain vocabulary you lay the linguistic foundation that you need to speak fluently - no matter in which language. The prerequisite for speaking better English is therefore to bring your own vocabulary to a certain level.
The fun of speaking
You have heard it so many times, and yet you can only say it again and again: Practice makes perfect. If you don't enjoy speaking a language, you won't either. Just as you don't like jumping in the water if you are a bad swimmer. If you have a good command of something, it is automatically more fun to do. You lose the fear of making mistakes and embarrassing yourself. And because no master has fallen from the sky, you can't get above the beginner level without practice. Practice does not mean learning vocabulary (see above) or filling in boring grammar examples, but rather speaking yourself. If you make mistakes, it doesn't matter - it's not about being perfect, but rather the fear of speaking English overcome inhibitions and take pleasure in them. It should feel natural and light.
Talk about things you like, things you are passionate about, passionate about. This can be anything from cooking recipes to art to cat breeds. Main thing,
you like to talk about it - and do it in English. If you are not lucky enough to have native speakers in your circle of friends or acquaintances and your other friends don't feel like listening to your English outpourings, it doesn't matter. Just talk to yourself at home alone. Sounds crazy? Maybe, but what the hell, it helps! If you're making your favorite dish, do it like Jamie Oliver. Comment on what you are doing, which ingredients you use in which order, how long the oven has to preheat, what you love so much about the food ... Or you can join in when you put on your make-up as if you were a YouTube influencer and would explain the individual steps to your audience of millions.
Record yourself (it's easy with your smartphone) and listen to your monologues. It is best to speak clearly and not too quickly, so you can check your pronunciation. You also notice when you come to a standstill, where uncertainties and errors lurk. Over time you will notice your progress, and you can always compare with old recordings, that makes the change even clearer. A great motivation!
Be sure to read English books too. Sentence structure and expression give you a feeling for the characteristics of the English language, from which you benefit tremendously. If you come across vocabulary or phrases that you cannot think of or that you do not yet know, write down the words and look them up. This is how you improve your vocabulary. When you're alone, like to read aloud - you will also practice pronunciation and hear yourself speak.
Listening Comprehension 2.0
Everyone remembers the listening comprehension exercises from school. Admittedly, they were mostly quite boring. But because it is so helpful to hear native speakers speak English and to orientate yourself by their pronunciation, you should listen to English-language podcasts. The podcast medium has exploded in recent years, you can find a wealth of offers on every topic, so you can look for something that interests you and makes you happy. Often times, podcasts are recorded by two or more people, or interviews take place. Such dialogues are perfect for getting a sense of the dynamics of conversation in English. Those who have already listened to many conversations from native speakers find it easier and more daring to have one themselves. In addition to podcasts, English films also help to improve the language level. Everything about how you can benefit from English films can be found here.
The more you consume in English, the more normal it becomes for you. The best thing would be to banish all German media and influences for a time and as far as possible. If you were to live abroad, you would ultimately have no choice and would have to come to terms with the foreign language in everyday life. Simulate this situation: Listen to the radio, watch the news, watch series and films only in English, read English books - make the English language normal. Of course, this can only be implemented in private life, not at work or at university, but it still works wonders for that
Confidence about the English language. And it is precisely this self-confidence that you need to speak English freely and fluently.
Together instead of lonely
It is easier to learn with like-minded people, but above all it is good to speak to other English learners. You can talk about the last film you saw, the book you are reading, or you can discuss current events. Even the most mundane conversation brings plus points on your English account and brings you closer to the goal of speaking better English.
Certain tones and sounds occur in English but not in German, which is why they can be difficult to master. That's fine, though, because having an accent is all but inevitable - so don't let that intimidate you. Native speakers are at your side with useful tips, correcting your intonation and pronunciation, and helping you out with vocabulary you don't yet know - all while they are having a conversation with you. They can also give you common phrases and expressions along the way. Conversation with native speakers is essential to speak better English. So whenever you have the opportunity to talk to native speakers or go to an English-speaking country (where you have practically no choice and have to talk to them), do it!
In summary, the most important points again:
• Acquire basic vocabulary
• Confidence and routine by speaking English continuously
• Check your own pronunciation with sound recordings
• Document your own progress
• Consume English books, films, podcasts and other media as often and regularly as possible
• Talk and practice with like-minded people
• Talk to and learn from native speakers
• Have fun with the language
The above points are guaranteed to help you improve your English continuously and speak fluent English. If you have mastered the language in everyday life, you can venture into other disciplines, such as business English.
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