How to speak perfect English

At first sight, English seems to be an easy language.
But when you try to speak in English it’s when you change your mind about English as an “easy language”.

Because of that, I recommend you to stop right now and ask yourself the next questions…

  • Would you like to know why English sounds English?
  • Which are the basic “ingredients” that make English to sound like it sounds?
  • What do you have to do in order to speak perfect English?

 
How to speak perfect English

 

The Ingredients That Make English To Sound English

After reading and listening to many English materials, I gathered up the basics rules that native English speakers use in a natural and unconscious way when they speak.

I share with you a brief summary of these “ingredients” that are going to help you to improve and at the end speak perfect English.

If you want to “sound” English when you speak you have to know how to…

  1. Pronounce the different sounds that produce the 5 vowels and 21 consonants.
  2. Stress the right syllable in words.
  3. Stress the right words in sentences.
  4. Use the different intonation patterns correctly.
  5. Cut long sentences into smaller “thought groups” when you speak.
  6. Use connected speech.
  7. Use reduced speech.
  8. Use the SCHWA sound.
  9. Use contractions.
  10. Never drop word endings and pronounce them correctly

By knowing these basic rules you are not going to speak perfect English overnight. But you are going to work your English speaking skill in the best direction.
Try to have this list of “ingredients” at sight and check it often.

NOTE: This post is only a brief summary about the ingredients that are going to help you to speak perfect English. In the future I’m going to write more posts about all these topics.

 

What Can You Do To Speak Perfect English?

Keep in mind that all the previous “ingredients” are intertwined. They don’t work independently but together.

But don’t feel overwhelmed. You have to work them one by one and step by step.
You are going to integrate all the ingredients naturally as you keep working them.
Be patient because to speak perfect English is not an easy task.

From now on…

  • Find more information and examples about every one of these ingredients.
  • Whenever you listen to English try to feel these ingredients.
  • Whenever you speak English try to focus on one ingredient at a time.

 

Compare English With The Other Languages You Speak

Now that you know the ingredients that makes English to sound like it sounds…

  1. Don’t try to apply the patterns and rules that you use in your native tongue when you speak in English. Every language has its own different patterns and rules.
  2.  

  3. Try to separate English from the others tongues you speak.
    You have to switch your mind whenever you switch languages.
    – When you speak in Spanish your mind has to be in Spanish mode.
    – When you speak Chinese your mind has to be in Chinese mode.
    and then…
    – When you speak in English your mind has to be in English mode.
  4.  

  5. Try to compare other languages you speak with English.
    Why do they sound different?
    Every language sounds how it sounds because of its own “ingredients”.

 

And Remember…

How to speak perfect English_

 
– Did I miss any ingredient?
– How do you work your speaking skill?
…all your comments are very welcome!!!

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How to improve your English speaking level with an…

When talking, most of the time we just use basic questions and answers.
For us, learners, it’s difficult to ask and answer questions in real time because we are not used to do it.
How many times a tourist in the street asked you a very basic question in English and even though you could help him/her you feel blocked and didn’t know how to answer?
This is because you are not used to ask and answer questions in English.

 
How to improve your English speaking level with an easy exercise

 

What Do You Have To Do To Improve Your English Speaking Level

To overcome this situation you just have to work English questions and answers until you feel at ease and confident.

It’s Just like someone that wants to learn how to ride a bicycle.
You just have to ride and ride until you finally learn how to do it well.
It doesn’t matter if when you start riding the bicycle you are clumsy or don’t do it perfectly. Practice and practice makes perfect.
What only matter is what you are going to achieve. Don’t worry if you don’t do it perfectly the first times.

To improve your speaking level, the perfect and natural scenario would be to live in an English speaking country. In a total immersion, asking and answering questions all day long in common situations.

If you can’t go to live in an English speaking country, like most of us, you still can do a very easy exercise on a daily basis that is going to help you to improve your speaking level. Moreover you can do this exercise alone or with somebody else.

 

The Questions And Answers Marathon

What rules do you have to follow when doing this exercise?

What do you have to do?
– Ask and answer questions one after another without stopping.
– Do this exercise by speaking aloud or by writing down the questions and answers.

When do you have to do it?
– Do this exercise every day.
– Keep doing it for 5, 10, 15 or more intense minutes.

How do you have to do it?
– Ask all kind of questions using (What, Where, Why, How, Do, Have, Did, Would….).
– It’s basic to build correct questions and answers.
– Always answer with a sentence and not with a single word.
– It doesn’t matter if what you ask and answer is true, has sense, is accurate…
– It also doesn’t matter if you make some mistakes. Just go ahead.
– Ask and answer about any topic. Change topics as needed.

With whom do you have to do it?
You can do this exercise:
– By yourself (One single learner)
– With a partner (Two learners)
– Within a group (Three or more learners)
If you are more than one you just have to switch roles (Asking / Answering).

 

A Personal Example Of This Exercise

I’m going to show you an example of this exercise.
During more than 5 minutes I have been asking myself and answering back to myself a lot of questions.
As you are going to see some questions and answers are true some others are untrue. It doesn’t matter what you are talking about.
You only have to build correct questions and answers.

I wrote down my questions and answers…

-Who are you?
I’m George.

-Where are you from?
I’m from Spain.

-Where are you currently living?
I’m currently living in France.

-Do you like France?
Yes, I do.

-Since when are you in France?
I’ve been living in France since 2010.

-How old are you?
I’m 30 years old.

-What do you like to eat?
I like very much pizza.

-Do you eat pizza very often?
Yes I do.

-How often?
I eat one or two pizzas per week.

-And do you like hamburgers?
Yes I do like hamburgers.

-How many hamburgers do you eat per week?
I eat 1 hamburger per week at most.

-What are you hobbies?
I have many hobbies. I like to play the guitar.

-Do you play the guitar?
Yes I do.

-Do you own a guitar?
Yes I own more than one guitar.

-How many guitars do you have?
I have 3 different guitars.

-And do you play the piano too?
No I don’t.

-What kind of music do you like?
I like pop rock music.

-Do you like heavy music?
No I don’t.

-What is your favorite band or artist?
My favorite artist is Sting.

-Do you like Sting very much?
Yes I do like sting very much.

-What is your favorite song by Sting?
My favorite song is “Tea in the Sahara” among many others.

-Do you like TV shows?
Yes I do.

-What TV show do you like?
I like “Lost”, “The big bang theory” and “The IT crowd” among many others.

-Do you like a TV show called “24 hours”?
I don’t know because I have never watched this show.

-What is your favorite color?
My favorite color is yellow.

-Why is yellow your favorite color?
I don’t know. I just like yellow.

-Do you smoke?
No I don’t.

-Why you don’t smoke?
I don’t smoke because it’s bad for my health.

-Do you like sports?
Yes I do.

-What sports do you like to play?
I like to play football. I also like to skate among many other sports.

-Do you like basketball?
Yes I do.

-Do you like boxing?
No I don’t. I think it’s too aggressive.

-Are you married?
No I’m not.

-Are you going to marry in the future?
I’m not sure but we never know.

-Do you like to cook?
Yes I do but I don’t know to cook very much.

-What do you usually cook?
I only cook very basic dishes.

-Why do you only cook basic dishes?
I only cook easy recipes because I don’t have time to practice.

-Why you don’t have time?
I don’t have time because of my job, my family chores…

-Do you like to dance?
No I don’t.

-Why you don’t like to dance?
I don’t like to dance because I don’t dance very well.

-Who do you admire?
I admire hard working people.

-Why do you admire hard working people?
I admire hard working people because it’s not easy to keep working hard day after day.

-What you don’t really like?
I don’t like at all bullfight.

-Why you don’t like bullfight?
I don’t like it because they harm animals.

-What kind of animals they harm?
They harm innocent bulls.

-Do you like bulls?
No I don’t. I’m scary of bulls.

-Have you ever seen a bull in the middle of a field?
No thanks God, I haven’t!!!

-Are you really scared of bulls?
Yes I’m scared of bulls because they are dangerous animals when they are in the wild.

-When is your birthday?
My birthday is in March.

-What is your favorite language?
English is my favorite language.

-Why do you like English?
I like English very much because of how it sounds.

-Do you like the Chinese Language?
No I don’t.

-Why you don’t like Chinese?
I don’t like Chinese because it’s a very difficult language.

-Have you ever been to China?
No I haven’t.

-Would you like to travel to china in the future?
Yes, I would like very much.

-Have you ever been to the US?
Yes, I have.

-Did you like it?
Yes, I like the US very much.

-Do you own a pet?
No, I don’t.

-Don’t you like pets?
Yes I do but I don’t like to have them indoors.

-Why you don’t like pets to live with you at home?
Because I think that they have to be free in the nature or in a big garden at least.

-Do you want to answer more questions?
No, thank you. I’m done.

I decided to stop here but you can keep going, asking and answering questions, as long as you want.

 

And Remember…

How to improve your English speaking level with an easy exercise_
-What do you think about this exercise?
-Are you going to use it?
-All your comments are very welcome.

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5 different options to improve your speaking level with…

If you want to improve your English speaking skill, my first option would be to work with a native English speaker as much as possible.

Then, a native English speaker is going to help you to improve your English.
But…
What are you going to give him/her back in exchange?

Like most things in life, you are going to make an exchange in order to improve your English. It’s just a deal between two people.

 

Let’s see the different kinds of deals you have in your hands if you want to improve your English…

5 different options to improve your speaking level with a native English speaker

 

1) Your Money For His/Her English.

It’s when you pay someone to help you to improve your speaking skill. It can be a professional teacher or just a native English speaker who’s looking for money.

Pros:
-You are paying then you can demand a good level to your partner.
-You decide what you want to work and how often.

Cons:
-Obviously… you have to spend money.
-If you want to work together very often it can be quite expensive.

 

2) Your Native Language For His/Her English

It’s when you do a language exchange. You help your partner to learn your native tongue while in return your partner helps you to improve your English.

Pros:
-It’s free.
-It’s an interesting experience because you are both teacher and student at the same time.

Cons:
-You are not going to work your English all the time. You are going to be working in your native tongue helping your partner half of the time.

 

3) Your Expertise For His/Her English

It’s when you are a master in something. You help a native English speaker with your expertise while at the same time he/she teaches you English

As an example…You are maybe a master in:

  • Playing guitar
  • Cooking
  • Drawing
  • Skating
  • Playing tennis

Pros:
-It’s free.
-You enjoy teaching what you master.

Cons:
-You have to find a native English speaker interested in learning what you master.

 

4) You Share An Interest Or Hobby With An English Native

It’s when you find a native English speaker who loves very much a topic or hobby like you.
Then you canalize your friendship through that common interest using the English language.
We assume that your English partner doesn’t mind if your English speaking level is anything but perfect.

Pros:
-It’s free.
-You enjoy and never get tired to talk about your passion or hobby.

Cons:
-You have to find a native English speaker who‘s also interested in your passion or hobby.

 

5) You Share A Genuine Friendship With An English Native

Here it’s just friendship. Your friend doesn’t mind about your English level.
You enjoy a genuine friend while at the same time you learn and improve your English.
You can talk about anything and everything like with any other of your current friends.

Pros:
-A friend is always a treasure.
-It’s free.

Cons:
-You have to always put first your friendship and second your English needs because you don’t want to “use” a friend.

 
All 5 options are perfect ones if you want to learn and improve your English.
You just have to pick up the one that fits you best!!!

 

And Remember…

5 different options to improve your speaking level with a native English speaker_
-Are you currently working your speaking?
-How do you work it?
-Which one of the 5 previous options do you like best?
All your comments are very welcome!!!

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