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WHY YOU STILL DON’T SPEAK ENGLISH FLUENTLY AND HOW YOU CAN OVERCOME THIS ISSUE

After years and years of studying English as a subject at school, you expect at the end to speak English fluently, right?

Unfortunately, many ESL students still don’t speak this language confidently. I remember that I was talking with a teacher and I asked him if after high school the students would be able to speak fluently, and he told me that the program wasn’t designed in that way, the purpose of teaching a second language at school was to help to the students to have a general knowledge of a foreign language.

Many people spend money attending to classes, but the problem is that the teacher is so busy with many students, teaching grammar, grading exams, preparing classes and he barely has time to help the students to get fluency.

Another problem is that in a classroom, the students are not able to practice their speaking skills; they usually learn grammar rules and how to translate into their native languages.

After we identified some of the common problems, let’s analyze how you can overcome these obstacles.

 

How to overcome common obstacles to improve your English skills

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My advice would be that you also need to learn English outside the classroom, learn how to teach English to yourself, enjoy the learning process doing what you like.

The traditional way of teaching English is out-of-date; we can use technology to learn a second language. Schools have been using the same methods to teach for decades, but as you know we live in a digital age, and new generations learn in a new interactive way.

Grammar books make me fall asleep; I learn languages by downloading apps like Duolingo on my phone, reading books on my tablet using digital dictionaries.

The best way to learn how to use grammar in a real conversation is watching movies and TV shows, pay attention to the way that the actors speak and learn phrases and general slang.

Another way to learn how to build your own sentences is reading comics, there are some apps that you can download and enjoy reading your favorite comics in English; and if you read a book, make sure that has a lot of dialogues, and pick up phrases that you can use in a real conversation.

Do you like to listen to music in English? Download some apps to learn the song’s lyrics.

If you are not able to practice your speaking skills at school, get a friend to practice with.

You can use these websites:

http://www.language-exchanges.org/

http://www.italki.com/

You can practice by Skype, Google Hangouts, Oovoo, etc.

If you still think that you need some direction, get an English tutor to help you to improve your skills, he’ll provide you with the right tools and guide you need.

These are just some useful tips, there are more methods for learning by yourself, if you know some of them, please comment below.

TIPS TO READ IN AN EFFICIENT WAY USING TECHNOLOGY

Would you like to read English faster?

Do you get bored easily because you spend a lot of time trying to look up the words that you don’t know?

Would you like to read an entire book in English, but you think it is difficult?

 

Hi, guys! Today, I would like to share with you some useful tips to read in English efficiently. Many ESL students would like to read their favorite bestsellers in English, but they are not motivated to do it because they don’t want to spend a lot of time opening a book and looking up every single word that they don’t understand.

 

Using technology to work on your reading skills

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I love technology and I think it makes our life easier. I don’t usually use physical books; I got thousands of digital books. I prefer digital books because if there is a word that I don’t know I can google it right away in a second without closing and opening books.

When I’m using my laptop to read digital books and I find some interesting phrase or word that I could use, I copy it and paste it in a MS Word document to study it later, and if there is a word that I don’t know I google it right away; as you can see, you save time and energy working in this way.

I prefer to read books in EPUB format, that’s why I downloaded an app (an application) called UB EPUB for Android phones to read my favorite books. I enjoy using this app because it has some characteristics that help me to work on my reading skills in a good way. I’m sure there are more great similar apps available for Apple and Android devices as well, that you can use.

This app allows you to download digital dictionaries and synchronize them, if there is a word that you don’t know just select the word and it’ll show you the meaning right away, if the meaning is not so clear you have more options available like googling the word or searching it on Wikipedia.

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If I was reading a physical book, it’d take me a lot of time looking up the words on dictionary and writing down the words or phrases that I’d like to learn.

When I’m not home and I want to read my favorite book, I just use my phone to read and at the same time I copy and paste in a document the words that I want to add to my vocabulary.

This is the way that works for me, maybe you have your own methods to read efficiently, please feel free to comment below and share them.

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IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH READING SKILLS: READING ALOUD

 

Is it difficult for you to read aloud?

How can you improve your reading skills?

What kind of books should you start reading?

 

Many ESL students struggle with this aspect of the English language, some of them have never read an entire book in English, and if somebody asks them to read aloud an article they don’t feel confident doing it. That’s why I’d like to share with you some good tips.

 

 

Pick up something to read

 

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I recommend that you read something you like and you’ll enjoy reading.

If you are interested in celebrities, self-help, technology, etc. You can start reading books, magazines about that. The key is to make the learning process enjoyable.

Would you like to improve your pronunciation?

Well, in that case you need to choose books or magazines that are also available in audio.

 

Suggestions to improve your reading

-Pick up a topic and start to read aloud the first 2 or 3 paragraphs; mark the words that you don’t understand or you don’t know how to pronounce.

-Keep a dictionary handy or use an online dictionary and look for the words that you don’t understand.

Now you understand 100% of the information. Next we’re going to work on your pronunciation.

Did you mark the words that you don’t know how to pronounce?

-OK, right now, play the audio book or magazine. Please listen carefully, notice how the reader pronounces, stresses and links the words.

 

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-Write down the phonetic pronunciation of the words that you didn’t know how to pronounce.

-Now, play it again, but you are going to focus on the first lines of the paragraph.  Play it over and over and follow the reader until you read at the same pace. If you’d like to know if your reading is good, use your phone or other device to record yourself, so you can see what you need to improve.

After you’ve mastered the reading of the first lines, please keep going with the rest of the information; If you covered the whole article or topic, try to read it aloud, and record yourself one more time, you’ll see how you’ll have improved.

I recommend that you do this exercise everyday for 30 minutes or 1 hour.

After 1 month you’re going to see how your English reading skills will have improved.

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TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH WRITING SKILLS

 

Is it difficult for you to write an article in English?

Do you think that your English grammar is not so good?

Would you like to become an excellent English writer?

 

Don’t worry, you came to the right place, I’m going to provide you with some good tips to improve your English writing skills, let’s start!

 

Write, write and write

 

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If you would like to improve your writing skills, you need to write every day.

What should you write about?

Well, it’s all up to you, I recommend that you write about the things that you like and you do.

It could be about the family, friends, work, hobbies, etc

You don’t have to write long articles, to start with, you can write one or two paragraphs of 100 words or more, later you can start writing more paragraphs.

 

Read and learn new vocabulary

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If you want to write great articles, you need to read every day and keep learning new vocabulary.

Pay attention to the way how native speakers write and how you can imitate them. If you put on practice these tips your writing will become sophisticated and professional.

 

How to improve your grammar

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If your grammar skills are still not so good, pick up a grammar book and read it every day, you’ll be amazed by what you learn every day.

 

Edit your writing

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If you type on your computer, you have some advantages, because you can edit your writing using MS word, after you carefully edit your writing ask a friend to check it out.

 

The more you work on your writing skills the more you’ll improve.

 

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