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Can I improve my English speaking skills quickly?

 

First and foremost, in order for you to speak English fluently and quickly, you need to understand that English mastery entails five critical – interlocked and interactive – skill sets:

 

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Thinking
  • Speaking
  • Listening

 

Like the five spokes of the wheel of a popular Honda motorbike, held all together by the metal rim with the rubber tyre revolving around the hub, each of these five spokes need to be strong in order for the wheel to run smoothly on the road, where rubber meets the road, just as you need the five skill sets in order for you to attain English mastery.

 

By the way, to me, the hub analogically represents vocabulary building and generation.

 

So you need to adopt a multi-fold approach to acquire them. I would like to share some practical solutions with you:

 

1) Read, read, and read widely, and deeply, both mainstream and the fringe: newspapers, magazines, newsletters, novels, books, and even ad blurbs and mailshots, online as well as offline, etc.;

 

2) Maintain a roving eye for interesting words or phrases or sentences, and see how they are strung masterfully together to express ideas or messages eloquently and succinctly across to the reader;

 

3) While reading your daily newspaper, pay particular attention to three specific areas:

 

  • the editorials
  • the economic analyses
  • the political commentaries

 

These segments are usually written by editors and senior journalists with a seemingly impeccable command of the English Language;

 

4) While watching movies, maintain a roving eye and ear for interesting as well as intriguing dialogues or conversations;

 

5) Always keep a large note book handy to capture all the stuff in (1) to (4);

 

This initiative is called sentence mining;

 

6) Write, write, and write, as much as you can, and make sure you use the captured stuff in (5) to enliven your language expressions, in emails or blogs or reports or proposals, in addition to helping you to internalize the new vocabulary;

 

Moreover, writing voraciously also enhances your vocabulary as well as your grammar;

 

7) Use as much of the stuff you have captured in (5) in your daily dynamic speaking and writing activities, too: conversations, dialogues, discussions, meetings, doing presentations or sales pitches, writing emails, or blogs or reports or proposals, webcasting, pod-casting, etc.;

 

8) Adopt the Index Card Strategy, as an ancillary strategy to your large notebook, say using 4×3 cards for their pocket portability, from the standpoint of self-quizzing or testing while “learning-on-the-go”: commuting or waiting in queue.

 

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9) Watch any Hollywood movie from a DVD, switch it off at 60-minute point, and grab a sheet of paper to write out your prediction about the ending; alternatively, you can describe it onto the recorder of your smartphone;

 

You can even precede your description with an outline of your personal impressions and/or feelings about the movie plot up to the 60-minute cut off point;

 

10) Listen to an international news broadcast, and do your best to jot down your reactions, in the form of an essay;

 

You can extend this initiative further by probing from your viewpoint the rationale and motivations of the report as broadcasted;

 

You can replicate this initiative when reading your daily English news paper;

 

11) Grab any postcard or photo or picture at random, and proceed to describe in detail, first orally (on to recorder of your smartphone), and later in written form, what’s in the picture:

 

  • what’s the theme/what’s in the foreground/
  • what’s in the background/what’s in the centre or middle/
  • what’s on the right/what’s on the left/
  • what’s at the top/what’s at the bottom/
  • what at the top-right/top-left/bottom-right/bottom-left/
  • what’s happening/is it inside or outside/who’s there/
  • how’s the weather and/or timing; how do you know/
  • compare and contrast/how do you feel/
  • what do you like/what do you dislike/- would you like to be in the postcard or photo or picture; why and why not?

 

12) Once in a while, invite your friendly English teacher or a buddy who is a top dog in English, over a cuppa or a simple quick meal under the pretext of holding social interactions;

 

13) Identify a few MNCs in your city, and then, one by one, call up their Customer Service to enquire about a product or service, or make a product or service complaint, just for the sake of having an imaginary conversation;

 

Naturally you need to do your homework first to put some realism;

 

14) Go to any Starbucks outlet or any supermarket in your city and strike up a casual English conversation with any seemingly friendly Caucasian waiting in the queue;

 

15) You can even pop into any large international class hotel in your city, to pretend to talk to the reception about your desire to check out their facilities for an impending group of your visitors from overseas;

 

16) Urge your overseas English-speaking friends or pen-pals to come to visit your city or country, and volunteer to be their city guide on a pro-bono basis (naturally with all other expenses on their accounts);

 

17) Volunteer to work for free at your local Tourist Information Bureau, if any, or any local travel agency with inbound tours;

 

18) Log your name at foreign embassies in your country, if any, or even local chambers of commerce in your city, if any, and volunteer to be their tour guide for visiting businessmen from overseas, again for free;

 

19) Join a local chapter of the international Toastmasters’ Club in your city, if any;

 

20) As part of your vocabulary building and generation, take your pocket notebook with you, and go for a walkabout in your neighborhood, or a new neighborhood, to identify various landmarks or interesting places, which you do not know their English designations;

 

You can extend this initiative to browsing your city shopping mall and/or supermarket, to explore myriad everyday things which you do not know their English designations; then, do a running commentary in your head;

 

21) There are a lot of internet websites that teach English where you can explore speaking opportunities, e.g. SpeakAlley they may not be the best, but they will do to serve your purpose in some small ways;

 

Frankly, with a little bit of ingenuity and imagination on your part, the possibilities to improve your English are virtually unlimited.

 

I like to reiterate that your verbal facility and conversational fluency in English can only come from massive usage and consistent practice in your everyday life activities, involving real communication with real people!

 

 

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Read the sentences taken from the story “The Ants and the Grasshopper". Identify the correct element by choosing the letter of the correct answer that would fit with the double quotes " " in each sentence.

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Read the statements and choose the correct story elements: It is the main idea of the story.

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Identify the correct story element: Once there lived "an ant and a grasshopper" in a grassy meadow.

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Read the sentences taken from the story “The Ants and the Grasshopper". Identify the correct element by choosing the letter of the correct answer that would fit with the double quotes " " in each sentence.

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Read the sentences taken from the story “The Ants and the Grasshopper". Identify the correct element by choosing the letter of the correct answer that would fit with the double quotes " " in each sentence.

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Read the statements and choose the correct story elements: It tells the happening/occurrences of the story in a logical order.

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Read the statements and choose the correct story elements: It refers to any person, animal, or figure represented in a literary work.

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Identify the correct story element: "The ant would ignore him, and head bent, would just hurry to the field a little faster. This would make the grasshopper laugh even louder."

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Read the sentences taken from the story “The Ants and the Grasshopper". Identify the correct element by choosing the letter of the correct answer that would fit with the double quotes " " in each sentence.

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Identify the correct story element: "I shall go to the ant and begged her for food and shelter!’ declared the grasshopper, perking up."

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