Tips for Better Spoken English

Language is really just a means of communicating information. All languages do this - even computer languages. But the mostly commonly used language in the world today is English. It is used as the language of commerce and for social interaction between multi-national friends in every corner of the globe.

Being able to speak clearly in English is an essential skill that is essential for good communication.

*Accent*

Many people think having a "proper British accent" or being able to "speak the Queen's English" (Received Pronunciation) is important. In fact, there are many different accents from different countries whose populations speak English as their native language. Within each country there are regional accents, such as a Yorkshire accent or a Birmingham accent. All are correct! Of course, some accents are easier to understand for non-native speakers than others.

*Pronunciation*

Being able to pronounce a word correctly is perhaps the most important of all the skills needed. Understanding new vocabulary whilst reading is one thing but being able to reuse this word in your own speech is another. Although an understand of the International Phonetic Alphabet is useful, the best way to learn correct pronunciation is with a native English tutor who can give instant feedback on your errors.

*Confidence and Fluency*

Being able to speak fluently and confidently comes with both practice and the knowledge that you are pronouncing words correctly. It also helps to be able to think in English and not to translate what you want to say from your native language. Translating often brings with it numerous grammatical errors.

*Correctness*

Using the correct tense and grammatical structures is also extremely important in communicating your message accurately and clearly to your listener. If you are uncertain about using a certain structure then stick to the ones you know and are confident about.

*Listening*

Although this article is focused on English speaking skills, listening is also very important. Listening carefully to what the other person is saying is the other half of the conversation! It really does make a difference and will enable you to get your message across effectively when you do actually speak.

*Body Language*

As strange as it may seem over 80% of all communication is non-verbal. Human beings transmit information silently through their body language. Good eye contact and body language are also important to get your message across effectively, and being able to "listen" to the other persons body language is also important. Having good body language will actually help your spoken message get across better.