Do you want to speak English fast? There are many ways to improve your English and start feeling more confident.

10 Tips to Speak English Fast

1) Learn idioms
Without realizing it, native speakers fill their conversations with colloquial vocabulary and expressions, and this means idioms. What’s an idiom? It’s a group of words with an established meaning that we can’t know by simply looking at the meaning of each individual word. Some examples: to be hard up, over the moon, on edge, on cloud nine. If you can use idioms when you speak, it demonstrates a good level of English.

2) Visit an English-speaking country
They say immersion is the best way to learn a language quickly! When we are in an English-speaking country, we can practice the language every day and learn new vocabulary and expressions naturally, just like we did with our native language.

3) Streaming Platforms
Watching movies and TV shows in English not only teaches us colloquial expressions and vocabulary, but also gives us the opportunity to listen to native speakers talk, which is valuable practice that will improve our listening and our own speaking abilities.

4) Listen to the radio
The first step in feeling confident when speaking English is being able to others when they’re speaking English. Having a good ear for the language will not only improve your comprehension, but also help you take your first steps when it comes to forming sentences and expressing yourself.

5) Study common verbs
Of course it’s nice to have a big vocabulary, but there’s no denying the fact that we hear certain words and expressions more than others in most conversations. Apart from expressions, it is especially important to study common verbs. Some include go, be, think, see, and buy, among many others.

6) Practice the past tense of common irregular verbs
It might be a bit of a headache, but we need to accept this simple fact: many of the most common verbs used in English are irregular. This means that we don’t their past tense by adding the letters “ed”; instead, the word changes. Because there is no rule regarding how to form the past tense of irregular verbs, we must simply memorize them. Some examples: go, be, think, buy, see, break, have, eat, drink.

7) Read aloud
Reading is nice because you can go at your own pace. Students sometimes feel rushed when they try to follow along when watching television in English. Reading allows you to go as fast or as slowly as you wish. And reading aloud is a great way to practice pronunciation. If you come across a word you don’t know how to pronounce, you can always look up the phonetic spelling in a dictionary or online. It’s easy to find pronunciation audio files on dictionary website; listen and repeat!

8) Learn a new word every day.
Having a solid vocabulary base will make speaking English much easier. One easy way to grow your vocabulary base? Try learning one new word a day. Many dictionary apps have a “Word of the Day” feature. You can always read the news or a book, choose a word you don’t know, and look up the meaning. Bonus tip: try using the word in a few different sentences. Write them down and practice speaking them during the week.

9) Intensive English course
An intensive English course is a great way to make progress quickly! Some courses don’t have lessons that often, and progress feels slow. Intensive English courses, on the other hand, normally have lessons four times a week. You learn more in less time, and more lessons means more contact with English. Progress is fast!

10) Conversation classes
Students with a solid base of grammar sometimes prefer to take conversation instead of lessons with a traditional method. These conversation classes are more informal, and involve chatting with another person about any topic you want: travel, music, art, social media, etc. Students can plan and organize private lessons however they like, which means they can be used for conversation practice!

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‘A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.’ Elbert Hubbard

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