Terrible speaking English

@vzihan (145)
China
September 18, 2009 2:10pm CST
I have come to US for nearly two monthes but I find that my speaking English is still very bad and I find I still can not understand the meaning well when I am talking with other guys.Today in the calss I gave my talk and I felt it is so terrible.I cannot allow this situation going on.I will speak and participate in English talking as much as possible.Maybe I should make some American friends to talk with them and know more about the American culture;or I can watch TV staying at home.Who can tell me which way is better to improve speaking and listening?
4 responses
@redhotpogo (4435)
• United States
18 Sep 09
make some friends, get an msn or yahoo messenger account, and talk to them online with your headset. video chat so you can see how their lips move, and be able to pronounce better. They can also type out the things they are saying, as they are talking to you.
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@vzihan (145)
• China
18 Sep 09
Good idea!I just talk with my folks using headset and I never think about that.Thank you!
• United States
18 Sep 09
it works pretty well. you use the language in everyday conversations,but its private enough that you don't have to worry about feeling embarrassed or nervous in front of alot of people. My girl is a Filipina. She teaches me tagalog that way.
@spalladino (17921)
• United States
18 Sep 09
I think that you should do both. It's always good to practice when you are learning a new language but you can also get more comfortable with English by watching television and listening to others speak. Don't get too stressed about it. No one is good at something when they are new at it and are still learning. Making friends is always a good thing to do and you could learn a lot from them...and also have some fun, too.
@vzihan (145)
• China
18 Sep 09
It is so nice of you to say that!I am rally appreciated.I will work on it.
@spalladino (17921)
• United States
19 Sep 09
If you have the money, Rosetta Stone has excellent language programs. You might want to check them out at rosettastone.com and see if they have any English programs in your price range.
@marty3888 (2358)
• United States
18 Sep 09
I'm sure it must be hard. I watch ballgames and players that come from other countries can hardly speak. You really have to strain to listen to understand what they're saying. And two or three years later, they're no better than they were when they first came here. So good for you for trying. Of course, if you can afford it, a speech therapist would probably be the best. If not, I suppose TV would be OK.
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@vzihan (145)
• China
18 Sep 09
Oh,come on,do not terrify me.Haha,just kidding.I have participated in a Clear-English class that contains 4 hours course every week and it will lasts for 1 year.I hope it will work.
@anna728 (1499)
• United States
18 Sep 09
Just do as much as you can, no matter what it is. If you have opportunities to talk with Americans, do it. Watching tv and movies will help, and so might songs. If you hear a word and don't know it, look up what it means. You might not remember all the words you look up like that but the more common ones should stick.
@vzihan (145)
• China
18 Sep 09
Wow,your phone is so pretty.Maybe songs are a useful way and I will try it.If I meet a word many times so I will remember it than I can use it freely.