How to speak english like a native
October 27, 2007 9:17am CST
I kind of envy those people who can speak english very fluently. I always tend to translate my thoughts to english before I speak and its quite hard for me to speak impromptu in english (scares me a lot to speak in front of managers and high ranking people). Can you give suggestions on how non-english speakers like me will be able to speak english like a pro?
27 Oct 07
What I can sincerely confess here, I am also not fluent in English. But always like to learn and practice, as practice makes perfect. One day my boss said I have to attend one discussion session with American company's staffs on one technical proposal paper that will be presented by them, next month. Oh my...even though I am good for my academic paper qualification, but my verbal English proficiency was very weak. Worse comes to worse, I told my boss about my weakness. She gave me these tips; 1. Think in English, 2. Talk to my kids in English, 3. Be friend to English speaking friends (10) and converse in English with them everyday. 4. Look for 5 synonym words with 5 acronym. 5. One hour in a day attend free vocal online English. It really worked for me. Thanks, JowJie.
• United States
27 Oct 07
The best way would of course be to practice. Because as they say practice makes perfect. Figure out the way that works best for you. Is it reading it? Hearing it? Which one do you learn from better? Then just keep practicing because that is really the only way that anyone can become fluent at a foreign language.