Everybody wants to be able to speak English as a native speaker, but English pronunciation is always a big problem to English students.
So, how to speak English clearly and confidently? There are three ways: practice, practice and practice! First, practice speaking each word clearly, then, practice speaking each sentence clearly. Here you are some tools:
Interested in listening to a text you once wrote? Not having the time to read an article or even a book?Using this tool you can listen to the audio while you are running, working out at the gym or commuting to work.
Text-to-speech is a simple online Text To Speech tool which does not require any registration to use. First, make sure that the Translate check mark box is ON, choose the target language for translation, adjust the speed of the voice, enter text or copy and paste text into the text window and press the SayIt button. It doesn’t need any registration.
NOTE: don’t click the text area while playback, otherwise the playback will stop immediately. The service can speak up to 1000 characters at one time.
It also offers an option to create an audio link with a spoken text to embed it into an email, chat room, instant messenger or web site.
Acapela is another fabulous resource to help you with pronunciation. It’s similar to vocaroo but offers the possibility to choose from different accents. Choose your voice, type the text and you will get a perfectly enunciated version. Repeat and learn. Great help for preparing your speeches !
Curious about what your English sounds like?
Vocaroo is a VERY EASY tool to use that allows anyone to record audio right onto the Vocaroo site and then it gives you a URL & embed code for your recording or the possibility to send it by mail- it only takes 3 clicks and there’s no sign-in! All you need is a microphone, if you have a laptop, there’s no need to have an extra mike.
1. Press the “Click to Record” button. You then press the Adobe Flash Player “Allow” button that pops up and recording begins. The recording quality is excellent.
2. To stop recording, you … um, well … press the “Click to Stop” button. Your recording is now ready for previewing. You can listen to the recording and if necessary, record it again.
3. Once you are satisfied, click ‘Click here to save’ and the final recording can be shared or emailed.
Finally, Bbc offers you a wide range of videos especially designed to help you improve your pronunciation.
As for your speaking practice, you have it easy in the language school: if your teacher asks you a question, take the opportunity to answer. If your teacher asks you to speak in pairs or groups with other students, try to say as much as possible. Don’t worry about your mistakes. Just speak!
This year you will have the opportunity to have extra oral practice with our language assistants Lena and Katheryne; she will be offering different times to practice English with her, in Room A21. We recommend you find some time before or after your classes and sign up for some oral practice on the schedule on A21 door.
Apart from the language school, you should try and find the opportunity to speak to other people different from your teachers and other students. When you go home, you can still practise listening, reading and writing, but you probably can’t practise speaking. Here you have some options:
If you are living in an English-speaking area (remember you are very close to English-speaking communities: San Fulgencio, Gran Alacant, etc), you have a wonderful opportunity. Practise speaking to the local people such as shop assistants. Even if you don’t want to buy anything, you can ask questions about products that interest you in a shop. Often you can start a real conversation – and it costs you nothing!
Pubs and Bars
In all Spanish towns, there are often American, British, Irish and Australian pubs. If you can find one of these pubs, you’ll probably meet many people speaking English as a first or second language.
Listen to the lyrics of an English-language song that you like. Then repeat them to yourself and try to sing with the music.
You can visit http://www.lyricstraining.com/, an easy and fun method to learn and improve your English through the music and lyrics of the songs.
Above all, don’t be afraid to speak. You must try to speak, even if you make mistakes. You cannot learn without mistakes. Remember: “The person who never made a mistake never made anything.” So think of your mistakes as something positive and useful. But always make NEW mistakes.