How can I improve my oral English?

China
March 10, 2007 10:56pm CST
~```I'm learning English now, and I wan to improve my oral english, but I do not know how do it. in fact, there are few american or englishmen around me...in China you know... So it's hard for me to get some chances and oppotunetis to talke with native people... And..can I reg a account or user in ICQ/SKYPE/YAHOO/MSN to search someone aboard and .....but I tried some times ago....generally, almost all people I searched ignored me actually..... So hard for me to do that..... I want to acquire a standard british english~`` but the fact becames obstacle to me.... / Can you get me some advice about improving my oral english?
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61 responses
@Jamian (2606)
• Philippines
11 Mar 07
if you want to improve your english my friend, i think you just need to post here in mylot, after 3 months of posting here everyday, I guarantee you that you will improve your english skills for about 40%, i guarantee you that, as i have been posting here everyday in mylot, i have improve my english, everytime i talk to some foreigners, its now easier for me to talk faster.
@theddy (31)
• Philippines
12 Mar 07
agree! agree! agree! there's no other way faster learning one language than to deal with it always... try watching american movies, in that way.. you can also learn american slangs and idioms.
• India
2 Dec 09
how to join in mylot
• India
2 Dec 09
how to join in mylot
• Philippines
11 Mar 07
it's best to try it thru conversations. but if you can't find someone to converse with in english, how about watching english movies, english news and listening to english songs? the more you are familiar with what's usually used in certain types of conversations or how people speak english, then it's easier to do it by yourself. self-studying can also contribute. speak infront of a mirror, as a form of practice. i was a tutor before. now i'm a trainer.
• China
11 Mar 07
thank you....i'll try..
• Philippines
11 Mar 07
you're welcome. explore and participate in useful discussions such as this. it's like having a conversation already. then read it aloud... that way, you are already practicing. :)
• China
11 Mar 07
I'm a Chinese too.I'm so agree with you.Because I have the same problem.And I still don't know how to deal with this situation.I'm a colleage student now ,and I'm so eager to improve my English,i swear to myself i must pass the CET6 when i'm in colleage.
• United States
12 Mar 07
Hi, i think the best way to learn is just by using it... talk to people... start conversations with peopl and you might even get new friends while you do it too. Also talk in the mirror and try to immitate someone you see on the tv or radio. See if this helps. Good luck!
@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
11 Mar 07
That is wonderful that you are learning English, well I believe that you can find people on here in mylot that would help you a lot to write in English and as for myself I live in Australia my husband is from the South Pacific and I taught him english as I hate people downgrading people just because they cannot understand english, and I always told him to try and remember what other people said to him if he could not understand properly to get an idea of what they were saying and come home and tell me so I could tell him the next time they said that how to reply.
@peisiyi (125)
• China
25 Mar 07
Hello,i'm also an English learner.i really eager to learn it well and always dream that one day i can speak fluent English ,but,in reality,i can't.even so,i still don't give up learning it.i think the one of the most significent methods to improve English level is communication.so,i sincerely invite you to give me a hand in the form of MSN,which is "zony@hotmail.com " Thank you very much!
@tiaramas (207)
• Indonesia
11 Mar 07
watch the news. It sounds funny but on the news they talk slower, so it is easier to understand, and learn from. When I lived in japan when I was in the Marines, that is how I started to learn Japanese. The other way is to just talk to people. But I would suggest finding a friend that will help you. Because I am sorry to say, there are a lot of ignorant American's that will make fun of you if you can't speak English perfectly. Also where do you live? I know there are night schools in many U.S. cities, that teach English. If you live in a different country. Try going to schools for it. You might feel more comfotable in a class setting, where everyone is learning. You seem to have a good start I'd help if I could. or.. you can sit in front of a miror and speak with your self.think about what are you going to tell to others in your mother language.or think about a memory and tell it yourself in english.when you dream think you area good speaker.little by little you improve.i bet with you
• China
11 Mar 07
thanx..... talking with my self in front of a miror may be a good way.
• India
3 Dec 09
ok it will be good if u join english speaking class because it will provide the environment where you learn english
• India
3 Dec 09
whenever you are talking with your friends just try to use maximum words in english then slowly you should talk in english with your friends or in your family or simplest way to speak english orally just stand infront of the mirror and try to speak with facing your eyes in the miror because it will develope your confidence enormously.
• Pakistan
23 Nov 07
It is really difficult for Chinese to speak English like Englishmen or American. They have their own pronunciations, while a Chinese could speak it in his or her own pronunciation. We Pakistani or Indians speak in our native pronunciation. If you want to adopt the way of talking of a society, then you would enter in that society, live and behave with them in their ways of speaking and in other manners of life. Do in Rome, as Romans do, after then you will also become a Roman. The person enters in the mine of salt becomes salt. Mix-up with well English speakers to improve your oral English, if you can.
@Postrock (273)
• Italy
18 Nov 07
I actually use movies to better my pronounce. I'm pretty good at imitation so i just speak as i hear people talk in the movies. I obviously dont copy WHAT to say, just how to pronounce it. It's very easy to do, just practice talking a bit to yourself if you cant soeak with english speaking people. Oh well..i can..but if you dont find any just repeat words you hear until you are confident on how to pronounce. Also observe how they sound precisely, and how they are used in different contexts. Hope this helps..
12 Sep 07
Hi, English is a great tool for our success both personnal ant career. Be better well speaker. JET
• Philippines
2 Apr 07
It's really hard to improve your english especially when you don't have enough practice. As the saying goes: "Constant practice makes perfect." If there's no one around you can talk to, it's better for you to read a lot. Read anything. I would suggest you read inspirational and motivational books, beside from improving your english you'll get more personality development tips. Read stories so you will not be bored and read books that interest you. Later you will be surprised that your english is improving little by little.
@urbandekay (18314)
24 Mar 07
I have two suggestions for you, listen to the world service or radio 4, these are available on line. If you are on skype, I am happy to chat with you. Drop me a line and I'll give you my address all the best urban
@lucalucky (1841)
• Italy
17 Mar 07
I think that all messengers are good and I don't understand why you are not finding someone to chat. It is easy and funny. Maybe your presentation is not the best to find someone. Try again.
@momocute (25)
• Singapore
12 Mar 07
It looks like both of us have same problem. I'm dealing with myself right now to be able speaking in english fluently. I'm trying to discipline myself to always live with english, by speaking in english with my friends who expert on it, reading english books everyday, writing so many articles in blog using english, and watching CNN,BBC, Discovery channel and so on to improve my listening skill. Now, I can see clearly that it's worked. I really mean it. My english was so bad before, but because of this particular practice and my courage to be able to speak in english, I have a great progress for now. So, my message here is just practicing your english and don't be affraid to speak out your idea in english. don't be affraid to make some mistakes if you talk with foreigners. Trying to join with some forums, like toefl.org or perhaps this forum as well. Ok, friend...hopefully you can get the best way that suitable with you.
@neon2000 (2762)
• Philippines
12 Mar 07
Read more english pocketbooks. It will polish your knowledge of the spoken english language. You'll read in those pocket books dialogues between characters. It's good, try it.
• United States
12 Mar 07
Natural English speakers need to improve their English. The best way to improve your English is to watch the BBC.
• Philippines
12 Mar 07
for me, i think one best way to improve your oral english is by watching english movies. listen how the characters talk, preferably, the american characters. they will help you how to pronounce and talk better. why this works?..... you can immitate their ways on speaking and communicating. but don't just look at their ways in saing words, but also, look at the contents.... this really helps. Good Luck and GOD Bless!!!
• India
12 Mar 07
The only way to improve your oral language is that you have to talk in that language more. In the beginning people may laugh at you for the usae of language and pronounciation. But you should continue talking in that language and you have to refer the dictionary for the pronounciation and meaning for usage to develop your language skill.
@gsnarayanan (1705)
• India
12 Mar 07
Now a days learning English has become very easy . One need not attend costly English classes or purchase course material like tapes and books. Now you can learn English for free from the comfort of your home using the Internet. The BBC and the British Council offer a number of on line courses, which teach written and spoken English. You can also improve your English by watching television programs and reading English newspapers. For more information, visit http://www.learn101.info/
• Philippines
12 Mar 07
thats also my problem, i just want also to improve my english... maybe it can help us if we continue to post here in mylot.... just continue to post...