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How to Improve your Spoken English Quickly

September 25th, 2008

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If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me how they could improve their spoken English I’d be rich. I’m going to try to avoid wasting time with the most obvious answers: Spend more time studying, spend more time speaking, bla bla bla. Everyone knows those basic things. Let’s look at the slightly less obvious answers.

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1. Practice saying new things:

It’s easy to get into a habit where you always express your ideas the same way. Native speakers use different ways of saying things to spice up their language. Pay careful attention when you hear native speakers speak English. They will often use phrases that you don’t use. You will understand what they say, but you probably wouldn’t think to use those words yourself. Make a note of what they say, repeat it to yourself a few times, and try to use that same expression the next time you have a chance.

2. Spend more time listening.

Listening to native English will help your spoken English in two ways. First it will give you a chance to hear the expressions native speakers use. It will allow you get a feel for the grammar. The more time you spend listening, the more fluently you will speak. (Of course, listening alone isn’t enough. You really do need to practice speaking.) The second way it will help you with your spoken English is that it will improve your accent over time. It may be impossible to get a 100% pure native accent, but that certainly doesn’t mean your accent can’t be improved. Pay close attention to the way native speakers sound and how you sound. Notice the differences and try to constantly improve them. Many ESL learners get lazy with this, and once they are understood, they stop trying to work on their accent. It’s not necessary that you sound like a native speaker, but remember that you can get closer to that goal if you want to.

3. Read and think out load.

You will probably feel weird while doing this but It could actually help. Just because no one is there to listen, it doesn’t mean you can’t practice. Pretend someone asked you a question, and answer it out load.

4. Record your voice.

Buy a tape recorder and record your own voice. Listen to native speakers say something and then record yourself saying the same thing. Play it back and notice any differences. Record yourself several times, each time trying to sound closer and closer to the native speaker.

Most ESL learners get lazy and don’t take these steps. Try them for yourself and let me know how quickly your spoken English improves.

Andy

Promotion help

September 12th, 2008

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Add and I love having this website free for everyone to use. We just hope that it becomes more and more popular. There are literally millions of people around the world who would benefit from this website, but they just haven’t heard of it before. So sad! We hope that you guys, our fans, could help us out by going to online english learning forums and recommending our site and putting a link to it. Some people have done this already and it is a huge help for us. We really appreciate it! If each of our listeners made one forum post a month, we would have amazing results. Please consider taking a few moments right now to recommend this website. Thanks in advance! As usual, love reading your comments!

Andy

Learn how to prevent diabetes through diet.

September 2nd, 2008

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I’ve been getting really interested in health these days and I thought I’d share some of what I’ve been learning about.

I found out that millions of americans are living with pre diabetes or diabetes and they don’t even know they have it. Diabetes is a disease where your blood sugar levels are too high. Even if you don’t have blood sugar levels high enough to be diabetic, they are probably still higher than they should be for optimum health. It’s really easy to get your blood sugar levels tested. You just have to go to the doctor’s and give them a small blood sample. The only thing you have to do to prepare is not eat for 8 hours. Normally you get your blood tested in the morning so it’s not a big deal. It’s easy to prevent or reverse diabetes through diet and exercise, but the western medical system seems to prefer to prescribe drugs. This is one of the diseases that is worse in the richer countries, because people in those countries eat too much sugar and junk food. They also tend to exercise less.

I thought it would be a good idea for you to start reading from some other websites about particular topics. They may be a bit more challenging, but if you are going to really improve your English you need to challenge yourself. This link below called “Diabetes prevention diet” should be a good start. There are 8 articles about diabetes and I think you shouldn’t have too much trouble reading them. They are interesting. Let me know how it goes. Maybe it will also encourage you to eat healthier as well. Good luck.

Diabetes prevention diet