Although people learn languages for different reasons, the most common reason is they want to speak it! For work, for making new friends, for traveling- being able to speak English is useful in many ways.
However, for many students, speaking is their weak point. So, how can we get better at speaking?
Learn some useful expressions
In order to hold a conversation, we need to know how to respond to what the other person is saying. We also need to know how to keep the conversation going when there are pauses.
. Some useful expressions to remember:
- How’s it going? (to ask the other person how they are)>
- Don’t mention it / No problem (when the other person says “thanks”)
- Let’s go to the beach / get some coffee / take a break (when we make a suggestion)
When students start learning English, they often use the present tense for every “time” they are talking about- the past, the future, right now.
“Yesterday I go to the supermarket” This is a common mistake. We are talking about the past, so we need to use the past tense: “Yesterday I went to the supermarket.”
It’s important to know how to use different verb tenses in order to speak English correctly.
Some of the most commonly used verbs in English are irregular. What does “irregular” mean?
It means that we don’t form the past tense by putting the letters “ed” at the end of the word. When we use irregular verbs in the past tense, the word changes. The past of go is went. The past of get is got.
Verbs like “go”, “break”, “have”, “tell” and “buy” are irregular, It’s important to memorize the conjugations of these irregular verbs because many common verbs are irregular.
A direct method improves your speaking
Direct methods of teaching English are best for improving your speaking ability. With a direct method, students start speaking English from the very first lesson. They listen to teachers who are native speakers, and practice useful conversational skills all the time.
Traduction by C. Rodmo
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