Hi! I’m teacher Nikki and I am excited to teach you how to speak English! I’ve been teaching ESL since I was 17 years old. First, I was a volunteer and later became a certified teacher. In 2014 I earned my ESL certificate and I graduated with a master’s in education in 2009. You found a teacher that not only has the qualifications to teach ESL, but also understands what it is like to learn a second language. I used these tips on how to speak English when I was learning Spanish, so I know they work.
Step 1 – Learn 5 Words a Day
If you want to improve your English you need to set measurable goals. Set both short and long-term goals. For example:
- I will learn 40 words in May (you’ll know more than a 2 year old once you know 50 words)
- I will learn 240 words in 6 mounts
- I will learn 480 words in one year
By setting measurable goals you can track your progress. You can start small. Learn 5 words a day. Study those 5 words until you have memorized them. Then add 5 more.
Be sure to make vocabulary learning a habit. Study 5 words a day while eating breakfast. If you pair it with something you always do, you are setting yourself up for success.
Step 2 – Write the words in sentences
You can study the words and their definitions, but if you don’t start using them in sentences you won’t be putting them to use. If you aren’t putting them to use, you won’t be able to retain them. If you write vocabulary words in sentences you will also be learning English language structure. This will help you with preparing to speak with confidence.
Be sure to write proper sentences. You can find proper sentences in many places such as:
- A dictionary for English language learners
- Write the word in google and find an article from a native English speaker
- Look for the word in books or magazines
When you use the word properly you will remember it and that will make it easier to speak.
Step 3 – Practice Speaking the Words
Now that you have written the words, it’s time to actually say them. You can say them to yourself or you can use them with a friend. Try to have a real life conversation. Don’t just use the words randomly. It’s important to practice saying them in a realistic scenario because that helps your brain retain the vocabulary.
Step 4 – Master present, past, and future tense
The main grammar needed in English is present, past and future tense. If you are a beginner, learn how to conjugate verbs in the present tense first. If you are intermediate or advanced, make sure you have mastered all three. People often know grammatical rules, but they don’t use the correct tenses when they start speaking.
You have to be deliberate about using the correct tenses. Do this by reading, writing, listening and speaking using the present, past and future. Take time to think about which tense to use before you speak.
When you read, highlight the tense you are practicing. When you listen to English, take notes about the tense you’re learning. Keep practicing until you are a pro!
Step 5 – Find a Speaking Partner
Whether you find a native speaker or a non-native speaker it doesn’t matter. Your goal is to practice speaking. Of course you want to learn proper English, but remember that teaching is part of learning. If you are doing steps 1 to 4, you can be the one who catches a mistake. Teach your speaking partner what you have learned. Then use what you are studying while you speak. If you are speaking in a controlled manner, using the vocabulary and grammar you are focusing on, you will succeed!
Speaking partners can be found in my facebook group.
Step 6 – Find a Teacher
You can learn English by yourself, but everyone needs a teacher at some point. With the Internet, you can find a lot of teachers, but who is the right teacher for you? I believe a teacher who will speak with you is right for you. I am that teacher. I don’t just make videos and leave you alone. I work with you in my live lessons. It’s important to have a native speaker like me who understands the process of learning a language and has the credentials to teach a language.
Step 7 – Practice All 4 Language Domains
People believe that all they need to do to learn a language is speak. However, becoming fluent means the ability to read, write, listen and speak. If you really want to be powerful, practice all four areas. That will help you get a job because it will set you apart from everyone else, especially if you speak, read, write and understand well.
Good things take time. Remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint. You can do it and I am hear to help you.