For anyone learning a new language, speaking is often the most difficult skill to master. Why? Even if you know the right word, you may be nervous about pronouncing it incorrectly. Like anything, perfecting your English pronunciation simply takes practice. EF English Live is here to help, with an online English course designed to quickly boost your communication skills. In fact, we’ll show you how to improve your pronunciation in just one week with a little dedicated practice. Follow these quick tips below and give your English speaking skills a boost today.
- Read everything out loud
Getting your mouth used to forming English words is the first step. But often, it’s difficult to know what to say. That’s where reading out loud can come in handy. For material, try reading an online news story aloud in English.
Also, when progressing through your lessons in our online school, try to read everything out loud. Find a quiet place and then just read—the directions, responses, everything —aloud in English. As an added bonus, you’ll find you’ll remember the content of your lessons better when you’ve taken the time to speak out loud.
- Look while you listen
Our online English courses are full of video-based lessons. Take advantage of playing each one, but don’t just listen—look! Watch how the speakers form the words with their mouths and emulate them. This is a good tip for watching your favourite films in English, too.
If you’re looking for some intense practice, try the Pronunciation Lab in our school. Dedicate 10 minutes each day to watching and repeating after the sample speakers. Within a week, you’ll be amazed at how much more confident your own pronunciation has become.
- Learn to love ASR
Advanced Speech Recognition software might sound like something out of science fiction, but it’s actually a very useful tool for improved pronunciation. Our ASR listens to and analyses your speaking, showing you how accurate your pronunciation is. The best part? You’ll get instant feedback on your English without having to speak in front of an audience.
Download the free EF English Live App and complete as many ASR activities as you can. After 7 days, you’ll notice you’re speaking much more accurately.
- Take tips from your teacher
There’s no better way to learn to speak English correctly than with the help of an expert, native-speaking teacher. Be sure to join an online Group Conversation Class early in the first week of your EF English Live course.
Remember to speak up in class! Your teacher will help and guide you, and can give you handy tips for speaking English with confidence. You’ll also learn from other students and be comforted that you’re all facing the same challenges.
- Try a Private Class
Private Classes are the best way to quickly improve your English pronunciation. Each live one-to-one class is led by a specially-trained EF English Live teacher and lasts for 40 minutes. They’re available 24/7, and there may even be a free class included in your trial period.
You can set your own class topic, so be sure to let your teacher know that your goal is to improve your English pronunciation. He or she will be able to provide helpful feedback and great speaking practice, and you’ll leave the class with an invaluable boost to your English.
The tips above are just five simple ways to boost your spoken English in one week. Do you have any tips to share? Tell us below!
Want start improving your English today? Sign up for a free 14-day trial of EF English Live or speak to a Study Advisor now.