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    Tips for speaking English fluently

    There is English input available everywhere. Here are a few tips and suggestions for you to find input of English around you and improve your English speech:

    Rent or buy an English movie DVD
    Rent or buy an English movie DVD. Put the English subtitles on. Follow the movie.

    This has many advantages:

    You will be able to compare the written words to the correct pronunciations.
    You will get a feel of how real English sentences are formed when speaking.
    You will be learning English but it will not be frustrating and boring because you will be watching a movie.
    Please note: When you watch the movie be sure to keep your dictionary handy. Whenever you come across a new word, pause the movie and look it up in the dictionary. If you don’t do this, the whole experience will be quite pointless.

    Read about any subject that interests you
    There are a lot of English magazines available on a lot of different topics.

    No matter what subject interests you, there must be some magazine that talks about it. There are English magazines about Business, Brides, Guns and Ammo, House Keeping, Stock Market, Sports, Computers, Electronics, Linux, Graphic Designing, Cooking etc.

    Find the magazine that interests you and read it cover to cover. Be sure to look out for new words and new phrases and look them up in the dictionary as you go.

    If you cannot find a magazine of your choice, look for information you are interested in on the Internet. There is information available on every topic under the sun on the Internet.

    Read Internet forums of subject matter that interests you
    Got to Internet forums of the subject matter that interests you. Generally most of the forums are in English language and are a great source of English input.

    For those of you who are not familiar with Internet forums, these are places where people interested in a particular subject can get together and share their views and opinions about a particular subject. You can also ask specific questions to other people and they will help you out if they can. On the Internet, there are forums available about each and every subject.

    Forums are a great source of information. Also in forums real people talk about real problems. Most of the information typed in forums is written in an informal way. Because of this the forums make a good source for English input. Reading forums exposes you to a lot of phrases of daily use.

    You could find forums on any subject matter that interests you at: Google Groups

    You could also go to "Google" and search for the forum of the subject matter you are interested in by typing in something like “C programming forum” or “Cooking forum” etc.

    When reading forums also make sure you find out the meaning of every new word or phrase you come across or the whole exercise will be useless.

    Read English fiction novels
    Read English fiction of your choice.

    Listen to the radio and TV

    There are also many different radio stations available now-a-days in the big cities. Some of these radio stations are in English. Listen to them to get a feel of the language.

    Besides the radio, you could also listen to the "News In English". It’s available on a wide variety of channels. The news is a good place to get input of the English language because it is spoken in a very clear, easy to understand way.

    Chat with fluent English speakers
    Chat with fluent English speakers real or online. Make friends with interesting English speakers. Become pen-pals with a fluent English speaker.

    While talking to them look at their lip movement for tips on how to pronounce words correctly.

    Most effective tip: "Think in English"

    One of the most common mistakes that English learners make is, they think in their mother tongue. When they want to say something in English, they think in their mother tongue, translate it to English and then say it in English. The result is a very flawed English sentence. Never do this!

    If you want to speak in English fluently you will have to learn to "think" in English. When you are constructing sentences in your mind before saying them, think in English and form them in English in your mind.

    Get your self some English learning software!
    To help you with your English, you could get your self a English learning kit OR English learning software! We recommend that you buy either "Cafe English" OR "Learn to Speak -English"

    We recommend that you buy the kit from since it is quite safe & secure and you will get a good deal. If you are not comfortable with Credit Card payments, there are always other options like DD, money order etc. that you can go in for.

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    10 tips to improve the way you speak English

    10 tips to improve the way you speak English:-

    How do you train yourself? By inculcating certain practices in your daily lifestyle. These will get you closer to sounding like a native English speaker and equip you with a global accent -- and you will speak not American or British English, but correct English.

    This is the first step to learn any other accent, be it American or British or Australian.

    Lisa Mojsin, head trainer, director and founder of the Accurate English Training Company in Los Angeles, offers these tips to help 'neutralise' your accent or rather do away with the local twang, as you speak.

    i. Observe the mouth movements of those who speak English well and try to imitate them.

    When you are watching television, observe the mouth movements of the speakers. Repeat what they are saying, while imitating the intonation and rhythm of their speech.

    ii. Until you learn the correct intonation and rhythm of English, slow your speech down.

    If you speak too quickly, and with the wrong intonation and rhythm, native speakers will have a hard time understanding you.

    Don't worry about your listener getting impatient with your slow speech -- it is more important that everything you say be understood.

    iii. Listen to the 'music' of English.

    Do not use the 'music' of your native language when you speak English. Each language has its own way of 'singing'.

    iv. Use the dictionary.

    Try and familiarise yourself with the phonetic symbols of your dictionary. Look up the correct pronunciation of words that are hard for you to say.

    v. Make a list of frequently used words that you find difficult to pronounce and ask someone who speaks the language well to pronounce them for you.

    Record these words, listen to them and practice saying them. Listen and read at the same time.

    vi. Buy books on tape.

    Record yourself reading some sections of the book. Compare the sound of your English with that of the person reading the book on the tape.

    vii. Pronounce the ending of each word.

    Pay special attention to 'S' and 'ED' endings. This will help you strengthen the mouth muscles that you use when you speak English.

    viii. Read aloud in English for 15-20 minutes every day.

    Research has shown it takes about three months of daily practice to develop strong mouth muscles for speaking a new language.

    ix. Record your own voice and listen for pronunciation mistakes.

    Many people hate to hear the sound of their voice and avoid listening to themselves speak. However, this is a very important exercise because doing it will help you become conscious of the mistakes you are making.

    x. Be patient.

    You can change the way you speak but it won't happen overnight. People often expect instant results and give up too soon. You can change the way you sound if you are willing to put some effort into it.

    Quick tips

    Various versions of the English language exist. Begin by identifying the category you fall into and start by improving the clarity of your speech.

    ~ Focus on removing the mother tongue influence and the 'Indianisms' that creep into your English conversations.

    ~ Watch the English news on television channels like Star World, CNN, BBC and English movies on Star Movies and HBO.

    ~ Listen to and sing English songs. We'd recommend Westlife, Robbie Williams, Abba, Skeeter Davis and Connie Francis among others.

    Books to help you improve your English

    Essential English Grammar by Murphy (Cambridge)
    Spoken English by R K Bansal and J B Harrison
    Pronounce It Perfectly In English (book and three audio cassettes) by Jean Yates, Barrons Educational Series
    English Pronunciation For International Students by Paulette Wainless Dale, Lillian Poms