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English speaking tips: Learn the right methods and ways to speak English well and accurately

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22 Lessons (1h 29m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. 1 Think in English

    • 3. 2 Learn sentences not words

    • 4. 3 talk to yourself in englsih

    • 5. 4 give yourself time to think

    • 6. 5 focus on fluency not grammar

    • 7. 6 have a confidnet attitude

    • 8. 7 Listen to more English

    • 9. 8 tongue twisters

    • 10. 9 immitation

    • 11. 10 more helpful tips for speaking

    • 12. 11 methods for thinking in real English

    • 13. Understand Your Why in Learning

    • 14. Recognize Your Goal

    • 15. Understand the methods in Learning

    • 16. Understand Your How

    • 17. Take consistant Action mp4

    • 18. How to Identify your Motivation

    • 19. Identify your Weaknesses

    • 20. Record Yourself mp4

    • 21. Set Measurable Goals

    • 22. Adopt a Growth Mindset

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Most English language learners know basic English, understand basic grammar rules and have the ability the read and write English. But they struggle with Spoken English ..    

Speaking is often the hardest of the four language skills. It's one thing listening and understanding, or even reading and writing, but it's another talking to a native speaker and not getting all confused and experiencing brain shut down. But with the right tricks you can get over the learning curve with ease  

To improve your spoken English, the best thing to do maybe is to talk with a native speaker.   

Sometimes we don’t have that option though! What if you don’t know anyone who speaks English? What if you don’t have time? What if you simply don’t feel confident enough yet to practice with a native?   

Don’t worry. You can still improve your spoken English, even without a speaking partner.   We’re going to explain how.  

We will cover the following fundamental methods of improving spoken English 

  1. Think in English & 5 Great steps of  Thinking in English 

  2. learning sentences not words 

  3.  speaking by yourself 

  4. give yourself time to think 

  5.  focus on fluency not grammar 

  6.  slow down and relax

  7.  listen to more English 

  8. tongue twisters

  9. Imitate and record yourself 

  10.  other helpful methods  and techniques that will help you to speak fluently

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Mister Rabiey

Oxford Tutor & Voice Actor



-Master's Degree in English Linguistics US
-TV host / Dubber / Narrator
-Lived and studied in Canada,England 
-10+ Years of experience / A1 to C2 Levels
-TESOL and CELTA coach , IELTS 9 Holder
-Cambridge Certified Tutor/ IELTS Examiner

I believe that teaching is an art, like an artist, you need to be creative to be a good teacher. I always look for different things to do to help students get the information in the easiest way possible including animation programs,  Videos and personalized learning activities. I have always tried to focus on the skills of speaking and helping learners change their brain to speak automatically, without needing to think.

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1. Introduction: Hello everybody. I hope you are doing great. Do you want to understand the right methods, the right techniques to improve your spoken English. As you know, understanding the right methods and the right techniques can simplify the English learning process. In this class, we will teach you how to think in English, how to have a confident attitude, and how to focus on fluency, not just grammar. You will learn about the influence of imitation in English. We will teach you some great points about tanked we stirrers. So guys, Are you ready? So let's get started. Improving your English speaking skill will help you communicate more easily and effectively. But how do you become a more confident English speaker? And this course we will explain some great tips and methods of learning spoken English. I'm going to talk about ten great methods of improving spoken English. Understanding these methods will help you to become more confident and fluent in speaking English. The topics which we will cover in this course are, thing can English learner sentences, not words? Speaking by yourself? Give yourself time to think. Focus on fluency, not grammar. Slow down and relax. Listen to more English. Tongue twisters. Imitate our record yourself. Other helpful methods. Okay guys, now it's time to start learning these methods. Let's do it. 2. 1 Think in English : Think in English. Sometimes the difficult thing about talking in a new language isn't the language itself. But how you think about this. If you're thinking in your native language and then try to speak English, you will always have to translate between languages. It's translating isn't an easy thing to do. Even people fluent in two or more languages have trouble switching between languages. The solution is to think in English. You can do this anywhere, anytime. Try to use English when you are thinking about your day or when you are trying to decide what food to order. We haven't tried to use an English to English dictionary to look up the words. That way you'll never have to use your native language and translate words. It will notice that when you think in English, it's easier for you to speak in English. Many English students say, it's too difficult. I don't know enough English words. I need to think in my native language and translate. However, thinking in your native language and translating results in sentences that don't sound natural in English. Because the sentence structure is often different in English and your native language. In addition, it takes too much time to think on translate when you are in conversation, leading to pauses, hesitations, and the inability to speak fast and fluently. Let me teach you some ways to think in English. Don't use a bilingual dictionary. I remember spending hours looking up words and definitions and an English only dictionary. I prefer to use paper dictionaries as it helps me memorize wars better. When you search for a word, turning page after page, you naturally repeat it in your head. By the time you find the meaning, you remember that word. Letter vocabularies in phrases, not single words. Our brains are pattern matching machine is that remember things put into context. If I can't come up with my any context examples, I checkout Cambridge Advanced Dictionary or sometimes Google it. Start using the vocabulary as soon as possible. Never stop yourself from speaking until your language is perfect. You'll be waiting forever. I am always trying to take initiative even if I'm really scared because practice makes perfect. As soon as I had an opportunity, I volunteered for an English college newspaper, writing articles and interviewing different people. It was really hard at the beginning and it took me a long time to write a draft. After seven months of volunteering experience and publishing with Canadian university Perez, the newspaper decided to hire me as their staff report or talk to ourself in English. When I was learning English, I still do this. I would describe to myself whatever happened during the day. This gives you extra practice before you start explaining things to other people. In an English-speaking friend or partner, It is always easier to improve English with that companion spatially, if he or she is a native speaker, I noticed a dramatic improvement when I moved in with my girlfriend. Regular chats in person over the phone, takes messages and other common activities brought me to the next level on I stopped talking to myself. Travel. I used every opportunity to travel to English-speaking countries. I've met numerous people in my travels on its right to keep in touch with them even after my trips. Facebook, WhatsApp, fiber and emails definitely help. 3. 2 Learn sentences not words : Learn sentences, not only words. In a way this will take the pressure off too, when you learn a new word to write, to memorize a couple of sentences that contain it. There might come a time when you can't use one particular sentence with little or no alteration at all. Unfortunately, many people learn words by heart, but have no idea how to use them in a sentence. It will be such a relief not having to worry about whether this sentence is correct grammatically or not. Let's look at an example to appreciate which means to recognize the value of something or somebody. I think it's necessary to feel appreciated in a relationship or at work. I appreciate all your hard work. Isn't it much more useful to memorize? Appreciate this way. If you study individual English words in isolation, this is what happens when you need to speak. You have to think a lot in order to combine the individual words in the right order using the right grammar. And in a way that makes sense. If you'll focus on learning phrases instead, then you will have, are ready answers and responses for any situation. No need to overthink. Focusing on phrases will help you speaking in complete sentences more naturally. Why is focusing on sentences? Important? Sentences are more than just strings up words. They are thoughts, ideas, and stories. Just like litters build words. Words builds sentences, sentences being language, and give it a personality. Again, without sentences, there is no real communication. If you weren't only reading wars right now, you wouldn't be able to understand what I'm saying to you at all. Simple words are just not enough. Early human-made stories out of simple drawings, but these drawings could only till so much. Think of it this way. How much can you get just from reading man and horse? Sentences combined wars to give them direction. They can add a certain feeling to groups of words. They are also necessary to express ideas. 4. 3 talk to yourself in englsih : Talk to yourself whenever you're at home or along somewhere else. You can practice your English with your favorite person. If you are already thinking in English, try speaking to your thoughts out loud. Read out loud to practice is practice. And even if you don't have anyone to correct your mistakes, just the act of speaking out loud will help you become more comfortable speaking English. Practice speaking by yourself, both reading aloud and speaking spontaneously. When you speak English, there are two main difficulties. The mental difficulty of thinking of the English words to say, the physical difficulty of pronouncing the English words correctly. Speaking English by yourself helps train your ability to put your ideas into words. Reading English text out loud will help you with this second part without having to worry about the first part. It will train your mouth and lips to pronounce English wars more correctly. Speaking English spontaneously by yourself, but he's also extremely helpful in developing your ability to put your ideas into words without the pressure of a real conversation. You can look at the list of discussion questions and respond to out loud in English speaking alone, it might feel a little silly, but remember, this is a grey training for your speaking English and there is nobody to hear your mistakes. You use a mirror whenever you can take a few minutes out of your day to stand in front of the mirror and speak. Choose a topic, sets a time for two or three minutes and just talk. The point of this exercise is to watch your mouth, face, and body language as you speak. It also makes you feel like you're talking to someone. So you can pretend you are having a discussion with a study buddy. Talk for the full two or three minutes. Don't stop. If you get stuck on a word you don't know, try expressing her idea in different way. You can always look up how to say that word after that 32 minutes. And this will definitely help you find out what kinds of words or sentences you have trouble with. 5. 4 give yourself time to think : Give yourself time to think. Try to speak English too fast won't make you sound like a native speaker. Instead, it can actually make it more difficult for the other person to understand you. Speaking English slowly has two advantages. One, it gives you more time to think of what to say. And number two 0s, it makes your speech clearer. So the other person can understand you. Over tie on with practice. Your spoken English will get faster naturally. You may be worried that the people you are talking to our impatient and would like you to say what you want as quickly as possible. First of all, it may not be true. People often prefer a well-thought out answer to our rushed one. So just relax. And other practical things you can do is equipping yourself with fixed phrases. You can use while remaining silent doesn't seem to be an option. Here's an example. Why is there so much violence on TV? So good question. Let me think for a moment. I haven't really thought about it before. Well, I suppose here the speaker gains considerable amount of time to reflex just by repeating the question and adding a few sentences. If you do the same, you will sound more fluent and won't feel the pressure of having to say something before you're ready. Fixed or set of phrases are phrases whose words are usually fixed in a certain order. They can be very patterns, idioms, collocations, basically anything we always say in one particular way. For example, during the day. In the meanwhile, it's been a long time since. Sorry to bother you. Sorry to trouble you. But would you mind if I oh, come on. I'm just kidding. For what it's worth to be arrived about. To be wrong about tit for tat. An eye for an eye. Tooth for a tooth. 6. 5 focus on fluency not grammar : Focus on fluency, not grammar. When you speak in English, how often do you stop? The more you stop, the less confidence you sound and the less comfortable you become. Try the mirror exercise as we talked about in the previous. Listen. But challenge yourself to speak without stopping or stammering the entire time. This might mean that your sentences won't be grammatically perfect. And that's okay. If you'll focus on speaking fluently instead of correctly, I think you will still be understood and you will sound better. You can fill in the correct grammar and word rules as you'll learn them better. Remember that communication is more important than grammar. Don't worry too much about grammar when speaking. Do you get nervous when speaking because you are afraid of making a mistake? Remember that the first goal of speaking English is to communicate. Although grammar is important, it is less important than communication when speaking English. As a simple example, if you say, Yes, sir day I go to a party on beach. The sentence isn't grammatically correct, but it does successfully communicated to your message. And an English speaker will understand you. It's better to say something wrong against steel, communicate successfully then to say nothing. Also, the grammar of spoken English is more flexible than the grammar off rate and English. So don't worry too much about grammar when speaking. Grammars, translation methods and memorization of roles have been standard practice for a very long time. But they are probably not the most effective ways to learn. Some students studying English for many years and know all the rules of grammar and sentence structures, but still struggle to communicate properly and hold a conversation in English. So it's important to have a significant amount of time focusing on conversational, functional language use and learn in context through interaction with other people. 7. 6 have a confidnet attitude : Relax and have a positive, confident attitude. If you make a mistake or for a ghetto word, when you are speaking English, it's okay. Don't be nervous or afraid. The person who you're talking to will understand and be patient with you. If you are insecure when speaking English, it will be even more difficult to speak. Relax something positive. So don't say My English is terrible or sorry for my bad English. These are negative comments sound, they are not helpful. Instead, think, I can speak English before every conversation in order to give yourself more confidence and help you speak better. You can be your best helper or your worst enemy when learning to speak fluently. We know it's hard, but you should try not to worry about how you sound when you speak. Just relax. If you get stuck or confused, just take a big breath and start over. Speak slower if you have to. Take time to pause and think about your next symptoms to whatever it takes to become more comfortable with speaking English. Slow down. You know yourself, how it goes. You are speaking with someone and you want the other person to feel how good your English is. It's as if you're completed to speak as fast as native English speakers. Which is also a very stupid idea on two accounts. First, people will notice that you are a foreigner anyway. Second, you should never temporary or English with that of others because it will always make you feel inadequate. I wouldn't be wrong in saying that speaking too fast is one of the biggest mistakes of foreign English speakers are making all over the world. Actually, the first reason is why non native speakers gets talk for words in English. It's a reason why we mispronounce words when speaking in English. And it's a reason why we think we stock at speaking can English. So please slow down. And the solution to this issue is quiet, obvious. As a matter of fact, it's starting variety in your face. Slow your speech down. 8. 7 Listen to more English : Listen to more English. Listening to more English will improve your speaking. Most English learn arrows for eat too much. How listen too little. And that's not good. When babies and children learn English, they listen first and then speak. I later learned to read and write half of a conversation he's hearing the other person. And if you don't understand what they are saying, how can you respond correctly? So if you want to improve your English speaking, spend more time listening. Listening more will also help heal naturally improve your pronunciation, and reduce your axioms. This is a great solution. Listen to repeat. Do you watch TV shows or YouTube videos in English? Use them to improve your fluency. Choose a short part of a show and repeat it line by line. Try to match the tone, speed and even the accent if you can. It doesn't matter if you miss a few words. The important thing is to keep talking. Tried to sound just like the native speakers on the show. The more you listen to the authentic English, the better you will understand how to speak English naturally. Pay attention to stressed sounds. English uses tresses in words, sentences. That means you will need to stress or emphasize certain words and syllabus to gave words and sentences different meanings. Listen to where native speakers placed the emphasis when they speak. Tried to repeat it the same way. Think of the word present, which have two different stresses. As a verb means to give a speech, but as a noun means that gift, present, present. This won't only help you speak will. It might even reduce misunderstandings. Sometimes that placing the stress on the wrong syllable completely changes the word. The word avarice, for instance, isn't the same as the word adress. Actress refers to a physical location where some olives and address means to formally speak to a group of people. Learn to hear the difference. 9. 8 tongue twisters : Try some tongue twisters. Tongue twisters are series of words that are difficult to say quickly. One example is the 33 thieves thought that they thrilled the throne throughout their stay. Try saying this a few times. It is not easy. The 33 thieves thought that they thrilled the throne throughout. Thirsty. Word games like this will help you find the ride placement for your mouth and tongue, and can even help your pronunciation. You can find a list of great tongue twisters. Let's see more tongue twister. While we were walking where we're watching window washers walk Washington's window with warm wash your water. While we were walking, we were watching window washers wash Washington's windows with or Washington wonder. Tongue twisters are funny, but they can also help you with your pronunciation and speaking. They are a typeof diction or articulation exercise which helps you learn to speak clearly. It's been found that their brain coordinates its articulation of words according to which muscles it needs to move. So sounds that use the same or similar muscles can confuse the brain. Benefits of tongue twisters. They strengthen and stretch the muscles involved in speech. This muscle exercises leads to clear pronunciation, clearer speech patterns, and helps rectify some of the hardest sounds for you. They are also just fun making learning pronunciation, something that can be quite frustrating, more enjoyable. They show you which sounds are difficult for you depending on your native language and your own strength and weaknesses. Some sounds will be harder for you than others. Tongue twisters can really highlight which sounds you are struggling with. You may get stuck come this same sound again and again. They say is assigned to focus on that sound. Moreover, you may already be aware of sounds that are challenging for you. For example, speakers off Korean and Japanese tend to have difficulty with L or R sounds. So you already know that q should work counts these sounds. They are a great warm up. Even if you are a native speaker or your mass 13 Kolisch pronounciation, tongue twisters are a great warm up exercise before you make your presentation. Speaking public, teach a class. Leader meeting, act on more. 10. 9 immitation : Imitate. Listening when combined with a rating, will fill your brain with phrases you recognize and we'll eventually be able to use. You may want to imitate out loud the odd word or phrase. Even as you are listening. This is sometimes referred to as shadowing. But you need even more practice at getting the words out. Actually listen a few minutes to content for which you have the transcript, and to where you alike the voice and the way the person speaks. After listening or read the same text out loud, trying to imitate the way the person speaks. Focus on the rhythm and intonation. Don't worry about worse that you mispronounce. Get there, read them and flow. Do this over and over. It's a beautiful day today. It's a beautiful day today. Imitation. Imitation is the key to learning languages. Digital, that if you're mimic someone's accent, you'll be able to better understand what they say. As a playwright, George Bernard Shaw once said, imitation is not just the sincerest form of flattery. It's the sincerest form of learning. That's what psychologists at the UK's University of Manchester and Holand see university discovered in this study in 2010, the results showed that imitating the person you are talking to helps your speech comprehension. So for language learners, this means it's best to practice your conversation skills with a native speaker. Imitation speeds up learning. In the 19 seventies, American psychologist Antonio and melts off, identified so-called social learning, where people or animals observe and then copy their companions. Imitation accelerates learning and multiplies learning opportunities. He noted. It is faster than individual discovery and safer than learning by trial and error. The next one is a record yourself. Use of words is more important than pronunciation. However, we all like to work on getting closer to the pronunciation of the native speaker. Although we won't quite get there in order to work on pronunciation. And you can practice recording or self every now and again, perhaps once or twice a month, but not too often. Find content of interests. Listened to the radio, and then read the same content out loud. Record yourself. Listen for the differences. This is your chance to work on specific sounds. It is important to notice the words that you mispronounce and then try to notice the sounds went listening to the language. If you can notice them, you will have a better chance of pronouncing them correctly. 11. 10 more helpful tips for speaking : Five helpful ways to improve speaking. Number one is sing along to English songs. Singing along to your favorite English songs will help you become more fluent. Once you can sing along to Taylor Swift or other singers, you can test your skills with something a bit more difficult. Wrap her op is a great way to practice English because often the words are spoken unlike a regular sentences. However, that wrapper uses a stronger rhythm and faster speeds. Some of the words might not make sense, but if you can keep up with the wrapper, then you are on your way to becoming fluent. Number two 0s learn or at forums with no words. Some practice comes before you even open your mouth. Make speaking easier by learning that different forms of any words you can learn. You should do this when you are learning new vocabularies, for example, if you just learned the words right, you should also learn some other forums like wrote, to ride them. Knowing the correct way to use a word in any kind of sentence is important. This knowledge will help you while speaking. You won't have to stop and think of different words. You will know exactly when you need to use that word while speaking. Number three is learn your most common sayings. Take some time to really notice how you speak in your native language. What words or phrases do you use the most often? Learn how to use and say you're most commonly use phrases and words in English. Knowing their meaning collision will help you speak as well in English as you do in your native language. Prepare for a specific situations. Are you learning English for a specific reason? For example, are you learning English so you can get a job in an English-speaking company. And that's case practice English that will help you in an interview. As you're learning English, so you can make friends in America, then you would need a different kind of English. Before you go to a place where you have to speak English, you can practice what you might have to say. If you are preparing to go to a restaurant, what might conversations in a restaurant sound like? Answer the questions away, tear might ask you, try talking about food and menus. You will feel more confident if you are prepared. Number five is tell a story a from year o language and English. Here's a fun way to test how well your spoken English has developed. Choose a story that's you know, really well until it an English. Remember to think in English as you are telling your story, focus on speaking fluently and set off correctly. Say every sentence out loud to yourself. Even if you have nobody to talk in English, you can still build confidence and mass sir, fluency on your own time. In some ways, practicing speaking is even easier by yourself. 12. 11 methods for thinking in real English : And you think in English, you'll learn the language faster and you'll have an easier time speaking out loud. If you're speaking English in your mind, it's easier to speak it with your mouth. So how can you start thinking in English? Well, it won't help to put a book on your head. Instead, we are going to share five easy steps that will actually help your mind. Switch to thinking in English today. Keep in mind that all of these steps have been scientifically proved. The importance of thinking in English, depending on your level right now, you might first think of what you want to say in your native language and then translate it into English. By thinking in English first, you won't have to translate, which will help you become more fluent in English when you think in English without translating. This also helps you internalize the language. When you internalizing formation, it means you learn it so well that you no longer need to think about it. Internalizing English means you don't need to remember the rules and pronunciations every time you speak. You just speak native English speakers don't always know why what they say is correct because they've internalized the language. Speaking English in your head is also a grey, low-pressure way to practice English. It don't have to worry about seeing things right, or being understood by others. You can make mistakes and still understand. Yes. Additionally, thinking in English is an excellent way to build your vocabulary with words you actually use. It's important to know many words, but it's even more important to know words that you will use in everyday conversation. How to think in English in five simple steps. Let's talk guys. The first step is thinking single words. How? If you're just starting to learn English, don't worry, it's never too late to start thinking in English. You can begin as soon as you know, even a small number of vocabulary words start by thinking in single words. You might not be able to make important decisions in English yet, but you can notice your surroundings in English by thinking the names of objects that you see or actions that you do. When you wake up in the morning, you can think, Good morning. And when you are going to sleep at night, you can say long day, tired, happy, good nights. When you're just starting. You might find it's hard to remember to think in English, but don't worry, you will get use to it. Here are some tricks you can use to remind yourself to think in English once or twice a day. You use your phone, change your phones, lock screen to say think in English this way every time you look at your phone, you get a reminder. Next one is to turn it into a game. Give yourself points every time you remember to think in English for five minutes. Once you reach a certain number of points, you can give yourself a reward. Next one is leave notes around the house. For example, leave a note on your bathroom mirror with wars that you would use in a bathroom. This reminds you to do your daily English thinking and gives you a group of vocabulary words you can use. With just these small steps, you will make it easier for you to think in English as you learn more words, remember, the more you grow your skills, the more you can add to your thoughts. And soon you will be thinking in full sentences. Step number two, 0s narrate your day. And narrator is someone who tills or reads the story books than I or terror is the part without dialogue, which describes what's happening. Many movies, especially documentaries, use narrators to explain certain parts. Now you get to pretend to be the narrator in your life. As if your life where a movie narrate your own day to day life as you go through it. You can do this in your own voice or pretend someone else's narrating your life. This is a great method and technique. Your daily life nourish and might sound something like this. It's morning. She wakes up and a rubs her eyes, preparing to face the day. She Yan's as she makes herself a cup of coffee and wander is what she should wear today. You can speak about yourself in third person. He or she, or use the first person I. You can describe everything from what you are doing to how you look or what you think. This will get you lots of practice with using commonly used words, as well as speaking in fool correct sentences. Step number three 0s make hop conversation. And of course, when you speak to other people, you don't just tell them about your day. Conversations come in many different topics, so you will want to practice conversations as well. And to practice, you have to do is make some up. She was a topic can pretend you're speaking to someone about it. If you are getting ready for an interview, you can pretend to be at the interview. If you're just trying to learn a new list of vocabulary words, you can ask yourself questions about the words. Any topic is fine. For example, if you are planning to go to the restaurant soon, you can practice a conversation with the waiter. Think of both the waiters parts on yours. Your conversation might look something like this. Hello and welcome to our restaurant D and know what you will be ordering. I'm not sure yet what D or a command. If you alike seafood, our fish of the day is fantastic. Great, I'll have that. Then. You can try the conversation in different ways and seeing how differently it turns. Each time. Since you are practicing in your head, you can focus better on the topic. Instead of being distracted by pronunciation or fear of speaking to an actual person. Actually, you can also practice anywhere. We're a command practicing out loud and with the partner after you have done some pretended conversations in your head. Once you're more comfortable with the topics and the details, I think this way you can be confident in what you are going to say and how you are going to say it. Try it. Step number four is get creative. So you're sitting in your car and practicing your English. That's great. But what do you do when you can't think of how to say a word? Instead of interrupting a conversation to pull out a dictionary app, it's time to get creative. I mean, there is always more than one way to express something. Even if you don't know a word, you can get your idea across by thinking creatively and using other words. For example, if you're trying to explain to someone that you lost your key, but carry member the word key. You can tell them instead that I can't open my door because it's liked. Or you can say, I can't get into my house, I lost the thing. You use to unlock the door. Both sentences don't use the word key, but they are both clear enough to be understood. So if you get stuck while thinking in English, don't cheat and use your native language instead, think of a way around the world. This will be a huge help to help you when you are having an actual conversation and can't remember a word. As I said before, use an English to English dictionary step number five. When you feel more comfortable thinking in English, make sure to do this in your daily life whenever possible. This includes looking up words in an English to English dictionary with definitions in English. The less you translate, the easier it will become to just think and speak in English. Once you make that change, you might be tempted to go back to your English to native language degenerate. Don't do it. In fact, delete all your current dictionary apps and leave only a good English to English dictionary app or two. At first, you might find that English dictionaries use words you don't know to define other words. Your DOM snow. Don't let this frost rates you. Instead. Choose a good dictionary app or website that meant for English learners are children. These use simpler ways to explain words. Excellent learner dictionaries are vocabulary and the Merriam Webster learners dictionary. There are many other ways you can help your brain switch to thinking in English. For example, you can change the language on your apps, phone, and social media to English, but starts with these five steps. And it will only get easier to think in English. And don't forget to start making decisions in English. Remember, you will be making better decisions that this way, it's scientifically proved. Good luck. 13. Understand Your Why in Learning : Your why, we all have different reasons why we do what we do. For example, I built my online teaching business because I wanted to help English learners while having control over my work and earning potential. My question for you is this. Why do you want to have a high level of English? Here are some answers that may be going through your head because I need it for my job. Because it's the international language for business and travel. Because I love the language or because I have English-speaking friends. The above are some of the more common answers I see. These are very valid reasons for learning English, but we can go deeper and make this even more powerful. Here's a summary of a conversation I had with one of my learners to highlight this. Why do you want to learn English? Because I need to pass an exam. Why is it important for you? Because I could get a better job in a foreign country. Why is that important? Because I can earn more money. I live abroad. I don't like living here. Why do you want that? Because it will give my family a better life. Having a high level of English can really make a difference, right? Reaching an advanced level meant that to my learner could support her family. And Laban a concert where her family would have a higher standard of living. I imagine that you are getting excited about the possibilities of having a high level of English. For my student. It gave her the reasons to study hard for the exam she had to take. Knowing exactly why learning English is going to improve. You're alive will give you the energy and motivation you need to actually do it. Your reasons for learning English is known as your why. Your y is a specific to you. It can be external, for example, more money, but it's stronger when it's internal, like pride. Your y will most likely be a mixture of two. Going back to my why I started my online. Because actually it gives me a huge sense of pride knowing that I'm helping others. So this is internal. Being able to leave where I want and make all the decisions of my business gives me that great sense of freedom and providing for my family throw my business is something that gives me massive inspiration. I use my Y to give me motivation to work hard. They're every day, to stay committed, to feel grateful for where I currently am. Actually, you can use your why to give you energy when you need it, to give you the boost to you sometimes need when you are not feeling motivated to do something in English or when you are having doubts about your progress. Additionally, we can use our y to then create both a plan of action and the right environment to guarantee your success. This is exactly what we are going to do next. First, write down your reasons for learning English and don't be afraid to go deep with it. Write down how a high level of English will change your life. Don't hold back. 14. Recognize Your Goal : Your goal, look at these two sentences. I want to improve my English. I'm going to reach a C1 level of English by December 2016. What's the difference between these two statements? The first statement is something that I hear English learners say all the time. I imagine, uh, you have said this too, right? However, there's a problem with this statement. It doesn't commit you to a specific outcome. It's a desire, a wish, a dream. All goals start with the dream, but dreams are easy. Dreams don't require any planning. Dreams don't need a commitment. Dreams don't necessarily come through. This second statement, however, is a good Actually statement with a specific deadline. When I hear this, I get excited. I know that the student is committed to learning English and has a great chance of reaching an advanced level and beyond. Sending a goal with a specific deadline is one of the most important things you can do for your English learning. Here's why a goal gives you clarity on what you want to achieve with your English. And being clear about your goal gives you the motivation you need to make your dreams become reality. It gives you the purpose or acquire to actually do what needs to be done. Actually, we need to this clarity in order to do what we need to do. It helps us make a plan so that we actually make progress. A goal with a deadline helps you work out how to get there within a specific timeframe. Without this deadline, too many learners put off learning English, and this is not good. So instead of thinking, I'll do this now, it's easy to wait until tomorrow, next week, maybe next month or next year. This deadline brings immediacy to your situation and motivates you to do some thinking English today. To give you an example from my life, this course had a deadline. It would be easy to think. It's okay, there is no rush. I'll do this next month, but having this deadline made me do it. Don't be scared of setting deadlines that seemed difficult to achieve. Doing this will make us challenge ourselves and will change us as a person. If we want to improve more quickly, we need to make this change. I don't recommend you make things too difficult, saying that you will become flow and T1 month will just lead to disappointment. But do make it challenging and a little bit scary. Here is an inspiring quote on setting goals. Without goals and plans to reach them. You are Lakish ship that has set sail with no destination. This is a famous quote from fits your Dotson. Know your destination and ensure that you are very clear about when you want to get there. You may feel motivated now, but motivation can come and go. Your desire to do something in English next month might not be as strong as it is today. I mean, this is why having this goal and reminding yourself of it is so powerful. It keeps you focused and motivated over the long term. And it is those learners, actually, those learners who consistently do things in English over the long term that reach a level that they are proud of. A level where they can speak freely with native speakers. I want you to become one of these learners. I know that you do too. So what to do now? Write down your English learning goal and read it every day. You remind yourself of what you want to achieve. Be specific and Kimmie, to this journey. Remember to include the deadline. For example, I want to have a high level of English by 2018 or maybe June or July or any date. Once you have your goal, move on to step three. 15. Understand the methods in Learning : Method. The next stage is to look at your goal and write down what you need to do to achieve your goal by your set deadline. This is your plan of action. This is what you need to do daily to reach your goal. Before we look at what works, it is important to know what you will probably need to do. So we need to make changes, do more over the long term. The majority of English learners I speak to spend time on things that don't really make a difference to their level. You see not all methods of learning English are equal. If you aren't making progress, you're probably doing the right things. I don't want you to feel bad about this. In fact, you should feel excited because there are changes that you can make to help you progress at a faster rate. These changes are usually a lot of fun to make too. Firstly, here are things that a lot of learners do that are not effective. They memorize grammar rules and a verb tables. They translate single words that they learned EDM out of context. Make group lessons that focus too much on a textbook. Unfortunately, this is what most people spend their time on. I'm sure you do sung or a lot of the above. I won't go into depth here. But the reason why these methods don't work is because they are missing context. When you learn single words and phrases or idioms from a list, you don't know how and when to use them. When you translate single words, you don't know how and when to use them. And when you only learn grammar rules, you don't feel the grammar in a natural way. It's much more powerful to spend your time doing other things. Instead. This includes speaking with native profession speakers, learning new words, phrases, and grammar through sentences and strong context. Working on your pronunciation using the L RRC, listen, repeat, Record, and compare method to improve your speaking and listening to interesting podcasts in English, you might have many questions at this stage. For example, how can I get more speaking practice with native speakers? We are going to deal with that soon. For now, know that using methods that work will help you greatly. This is such an important part of Step 5 plan. So don't overlook this. You might need to do more to. If you say that you are too busy to learn English, you are not alone. I hear this all the time. You are BZ, we are all busy, but if the goal you wrote down in step 1 is important to you, then there are a couple of things you need to do. First, think about your priorities. A few years back I had a student who spent his evenings playing computer games in his native language. To him, computer games were more important that learning English. Don't think that I'm judging Kim, I'm simply saying that his reason for learning English, He's why wasn't as strong as his desire to play computer games. If you have this tends to plan, he probably would have changed his priorities. Be honest about your priorities. Look at your daily routine and think about the times when you can do actually more things in English. Your y will help you understand if learning English is what you really want, I believe it is. If say you are too busy to learn English and other thing you can do is to think about how you can do something in English while doing other things. Listening to podcasts on your way to work is the obvious example. But over the long term, try to always have English on in the background. What I mean by this is when you are washing up or walking the dogs are even working. Listen to something in English, change the language off your devices into English. Use google.com actually as your search engine and search for things in English. Reading English, watch TV in English instead of your native language. These little changes don't require extra time from you, and they make a huge difference over the long term. This is how we are going to get the input you need. As you will see in step 4, it's okay to make these changes slowly. In fact, it will increase your chances of success. Write down what you need to do in order to achieve your goal. Once you have done that, move on to the next step of your English fluency plan. 16. Understand Your How: Step number four. Guys, let's recap. So far you have learned to think deeply about why you are learning English. Why you need to create a goal with a deadline, and why it's important to use methods that work. You also need to know why you are going to do what you need to do. This is an important step that many learners miss it out. And here's an example to make it clear for you. I mentioned before that speaking with native or proficient English speakers is a powerful thing for your English. Most learners know that this is important, but ask, where can I find people to practice with and when am I going to do it? So for every, what, there is a how. So? Let's look at two more examples though. So there is a watt here. What increase my everyday English vocabulary? And there is a how? Watch Friends read the transcripts and then use this sentence method to remember new words and phrases over the line time. I'll do this on my lunch break. There's another what, what listened to more conversational English. And they how is download podcasts? I listen on my way to and from work every day. So as you can see, planning how you are going to do things in English will help you achieve your goal. This is because you are actually going through the process of how you will execute your plan. When doing this, there are certain things to remember. We want to use the methods that work. We want to be consistent and do more over the long-term, and we want to make it sustainable. So this last point is important in order to make sure we stick to our goals, we need to make our fluency plans sustainable over the long term. It is said, the best exercise program is the one you do. This is the same for learning English. When a learner tells me that they are going to study grammar three hours a day. I know they won't sustain this over the long term. This is too ambitious and too boring. It's okay to actually start small at first. In fact, I recommend that you do starting small and continuing with. It gives you the confidence to know that you can be consistent. Think about it this way. If you don't currently read anything in English, can meet to reading just one page in English every morning. If you don't listen to anything in English, cameo to listening to podcasts for three minutes at launch. And if you don't speak to anyone in English, can meet, do doing this for five minutes in the evening. Everyone can do this. And because starting is the hardest parts of this process, once you get going, you will most likely do more. But it's okay if you don't just commit yourself to a small amount every day, no pressure. Trying to make each day perfect will lead to disappointment. Thinking about studying for hours and hours later today feels overwhelming. This is when we stop learning. This is when we feel exhausted. The key is to get into the routine of doing something in English every day, no matter how small and over the long term, do a little more each week or month. At the end of each week, review how successful you have been with your plan if you missed a day, ask yourself why this happened. If you were too tired to read, do it first thing in the morning instead, if you were too busy, stop making excuses and realize that you have the few minutes it takes to read one page. What I want you to do now is this. Take the tasks you have written in step 3, look at your schedule and calendar, and then come up with a daily plan for the long-term. Additionally, make the changes that I talked about in the last section. But again, go slowly with this and make one change at a time. Don't do too much too soon. And if you do go for it and try to do everything straight away, but then find yourself burned out after week. After a few weeks, maybe moms start again, but go smaller. When you are ready, move on to step five. 17. Take consistant Action mp4: Still Number 5, take consistent action. One of the biggest reasons why learners never reach a high level is that they aren't consistent. It takes daily practice to make fast progress. As you have just learned, having a plan that is sustainable, we'll help you do the right things on a consistent basis. It is also vital that you make things interesting and fun. Too many learners do things they think they have to do instead of what they want to do. For example, I see learner is doing grammar exercises because it feels like studying. But you will get a lot more out of listening to podcasts that you enjoy. For no matter what you do or how perfectly or plannings you are going to run into obstacles. Do not forget this point. There will be days when you don't feel like doing anything in English. There will be days when you don't feel like you are making progress. And there will be days when you are low on motivation. Have you had these days? I'm sure you have setting up systems and making things fun. We'll make days like these less common, but you will still have them. When this happens, it is easy to just give up and stop typing things in English for a few days, weeks, months or even years. I see this happen all the time. Those on the road to fluency are better than that because they realized that they will have bad days, but they don't let this destroy their fluency plan. The next day, they start doing the right things again, maybe starting smaller. They go back to their Y and re-energize. They think about why they are learning English and get the motivation they need to continue. They actually reassess their plan or write down the reasons why they feel this way? Is it because what I'm doing is boring. Am I using the language in a real and find a way? Am I trying to do too much? Too soon? They know the power of habit and how important it is to make the right decisions. More often than not, they are part of a community that supports them and motivate them to keep learning. The key is not to let obstacles get in their way. Instead, know the obstacles are a way for you to become a better English learner. Learn from them just like you should learn from your mistakes. Consistency is vital. Don't be a learner who takes an intensive course over the summer, but does nothing the rest of the air. Be a learner who shows up every day. Thank you for taking these five steps. I really hope that you found it useful. In the next five steps, we're going to introduce some other great methods that you can use to plan your English fluency. Stay with us. 18. How to Identify your Motivation: Identify your motivation. If you are at a point in your English language learning journey where you have lost motivation to continue to learn, then it is crucial for you to rediscover their reason why you are studying English. When you have a strong motivation to learn a language, then you will be much less likely to quit when it gets hard. Look, there are two fluency is challenging. There are going to be times when you want to quit. However, if you have a strong motivation to learn the language, it's going to be much less likely that she will give up. Let me give you an example of a bad motivator. When I moved to Korea, one of the first things I did was sign up for a Korean language course. I figured since I was going to be there for a year, I might as well learn a language. So what was my motivation? I wanted to pick up girls and more immature version of me 10 years ago in Korea. That's it. That's the best motivation might 25-year old cell could come up with. Now for some peaking up, women may be a strong motivator, but for me, it didn't work. Sooner or later I decided to focus on women that could speak English. So according to Dan Pink's book Drive, financial motivation is no longer an adequate way of extra lead to motivate people in business. Actually, he identified three main criteria needed to be motivate people. The first one is autonomy, makes you feel independent and in control. The next one is mastery, something you can get better at over time and feel a sense of accomplishment. And the last one is purpose. You do something that feels important. In other words, the best typeof motivator is one where you feel like you are in control. You have a purpose and you feel a sense of mastery as your progress. Also notice how money, or in my case, girls is not up on Dan Ping's list of strong motivators. The biggest lesson to learn here is that we are motivated to complete a task even when it's difficult. If it's something that is strongly connected to our own passion and purpose. Here's an example of bad motivator. I'm learning English because my boss at work says I have to learn it. And here's an example of a bidder motivator. I'm learning English so I can make more connections with people around the world. This will help expand both my mind and my business. The better motivator is satisfied. It's actually the three areas of motivation we need to continue to perform a challenging task, autonomy. They are going to study English out of personal passion, not because they are or dare to learn mastery. They are studying English so they can expand their mind and their business. Notice how there isn't and end goal. They will never completely know all of the English, but instead expand their knowledge purpose. This person wants to expand not only their mind, but also their business. So while they are fulfilled intellectually, it also serves a purpose for business. You want to have a motivation that leads to you being a better version of your current self. A better version of your current self may involve going into a better school, getting a better job, or making no friends. Stop thinking about the way that the English language is measured, like a test score. But instead, think of it in terms of how it can improve the quality of your life. If you are still not sure off your motivation. But identifying your motivation is just a step. After you have found your motivation or rediscovered why you are learning the language, now, you are ready to go to step number 7, UMass, identify your weaknesses too. 19. Identify your Weaknesses : Identify your weaknesses. Once you assess your motivation, you must organize your future study habits around that motivation. If you want to make more friends from around the world, then you will have to focus on your listening and speaking comprehension. Or if you need English to write more emails for your business, then you should focus on improving your grammar and writing. How can you identify your weaknesses? The quick answer is to find an experienced teacher who can assess your reading, writing, listening, and speaking levels and provide you with a future plan of action. But let me show you an example. For this exercise, I will focus on speaking in particular pronunciation. Tell me if this sounds familiar. You began to speak to a native speaker. The words come out and you think they sound fine. When you are done, the listener smiles and says, Sorry, I don't understand. And you leave this situation frustrated. It's okay to feel frustrated from time to time, but you must use that frustration and turn it into motivation to get better. Instead of complaining about your pronunciation. Assess your performance. Decide where you need to improve. You aren't incorrectly pronouncing every single sound in the English language, most likely there are a few sounds you have trouble hearing and articulating. Again, no matter what area of English you wish to improve, find a way to measure your current ability level so you can map out a plan for improvement. I have to be honest. Most students skip this next because It's the most uncomfortable. When I first started studying Japanese, this was my least favorite part. 20. Record Yourself mp4: Record yourself. There's a big difference between how you see yourself and how others see you. Do you remember the first time you heard your own voice recorded? You probably hated it. I always thought I had a deep and masculine voice until I heard it recorded. This is because of these little bones in the middle of your ear called ossicles. According to cat goal bam at Life Science, your ossicles vibrate a little bit whenever you encouraged and a caustic stimulus. But your own voice will always sound louder. So the ossicles vibrate more when you talk. For this reason, you may find that a recording of your voice sounds more higher to you than what you're used to hearing when you speech. So on tape we sound a bit higher than we think we do it. She's at this time, if we record ourselves on video, in life, you only see yourself from one angle. Most of you only see yourself when you face ME or there are many things you actually you've never seen yourself do. You've never seen yourself walkaway or laugh at a joke. However, when you start to take yourself, you see all the different angles. You glimpse the complete range of physical attributes that both your friends and family experience. And it's a bit unsettling to know that the way you always imagine how we look at sound to others is different than reality. So what does all this mean? It means when you learn another language, you are focused to analyze yourself on a deeper level. What we think can hear in the moment is different than what actually happens. Therefore, it is crucial for you to record your voice so you can hear how you actually sound to others. One way to tell if all your practices working is to record yourself with a camera. Use a camera, not just a sound recorder, because it's important to see how you speak. Not only hear it. I know it may be uncomfortable, I know it may be painful. However, when you are aware of how you sound and how you move without the filter of yourself. And at the moment, you gain valuable information that can be used to improve not just your English abilities, but your interpersonal skills. And if you want to speak English fluently, this next step is of paramount importance. 21. Set Measurable Goals : Step nine, set measurable goals. Most people start with setting goals. Why you need to understand why you are pushing or goals and accurately assess your current ability level before you can move on to set effective goals that will lead to your future success. It's important that you have identified your motivators, pinpointed your weaknesses and assess your current ability levels so you can sit a fictive goals. Yeah, yeah, I know how to set goals. You're probably saying to yourself, Well, I got some bad news for you. If you are anything like my students, your goals sock. And I say that with as much love as possible, yes, your goal, psych. Here's the most common goal I hear from most of my students. I want to speak English fluently. This is one of the worst goals possible. Actually, this goal isn't measurable. Are you going to wake up one day and have perfect pronounciation and know every word in the English language, you must create goals that you can measure. Actually, there is a famous quotes. Many intermediate and advanced English language learners struggle to improve because they don't have specific and measurable goals. If you watch a bunch of movies and flow to around eight on it for hours, every day without a clear purpose, then you won't get very far in your fluency. You must act deliberately and those actions must be a reflection of your short-term and long-term goals. So how can you measure English fluency? The best advice I can give to students is to prepare for an English language proficiency exam. Actually, I used to teach TOEFL preparation now, to be honest, I didn't want to teach TOEFL because like most teachers, I felt testing was a poor way to measure the capabilities of students. Over time. I love teaching TOEFL. Here's the deal. At test is a clear assessment of students language proficiency. Language is so elusive, we never really know when we know the language. However, many intelligent researchers, professors, and curriculum developers came together and it will look the exams like the TOEFL to address that very problem. I believe TOEFL is one of the many language proficiencies tests that can help you focus on improving your English proficiency. When your goal changes from, I want to speak English fluently to I want to earn an a T on the TOEFL exam in three months. The second goal focuses your brain. You have a specific test score and date that you can focus on for the next three months. You're going to create a schedule, take practice exams, a map out the exact strategy you will need to implement to improve your score. First of all, when you are finished, you get a score. At the end, you get written proof and you achieved some level of fluency. Whatever it may be when you study for an exam, you make actually, and you take a very big subject, the English language and narrowed down and make it more specific. The more specific you are with your goals, the more likely you are going to achieve them. Actually, goal specificity refers to how clearly a goal in farmers the performer, precisely what he needs to do. The more specific or explicit the goal, the more precisely performance is regulated. I Goal Specificity is achieved mainly through quantification or enumeration. Thus, it reduces variance in performance, providing the individual control of performance. In other words, you want to have specific goals that you can measure. The more specific the better. So we are getting closer to fluency. Once you've identified your motivation, identified your weaknesses, recorded your speaking, and you set measurable goals. Now it's time to move to the next step. 22. Adopt a Growth Mindset: Step number 10, adopt a growth mindset. You are going to fail. Failing is part of the process, right? When you fail, you have a choice. You can either quit and tell yourself a story or accept that mistakes and failures are part of learning process. You can see English not as an end, but as a continual process. Choice. A, reflect someone with a fixed mindset. Choice B, reflects someone with the growth mindset. What's the difference between the two? I will give you an example of a time when I failed back to when I fail to learn Korean. I fail to learn Korean for a lot of different reason. Motivations was only a small part of it. Another reason was because I didn't like the language learning process. I didn't alike to be wrong and I was wrong a lot. Of course it's natural to make mistakes when you first learn a language. But I didn't like the feeling of constantly being wrong. To put it bluntly, I felt stupid. And wars of all, I've felt like my Lakoff comprehension and Korean was a reflection of my own intelligence since I couldn't fluently speak Korean and pronounce every sound correctly. Within just three months, I was a complete failure. This is the worst type of mindset possible. And it turns out, I'm not alone. There are many people who approached new endeavors with a fixed mindset when a reality, a growth mindset is crucial for success in any new endeavor. Carol Dweck, founder of the growth and fixed mindset dichotomy explains fixed mindset. In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talents are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent and setup, developing them. They also believe that talent alone creates success without effort. They are wrong. A growth mindset and a growth mindset. People believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work. Brains and talents are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and resilience that is essential for a great accomplishment. Virtually all great people have had these qualities. You, the English language learner must understand and anticipate that you don't know everything. You don't know everything. You are going to make mistakes, anticipate them because they will happen. You are going to say the wrong thing and feel embarrassed. It's part of the process. If you encounter failure and shut down, you will lose. If you tell yourself a story explaining why you failed, you will lose. If you make excuses, you will lose. It is always your fault. This is crucial. I don't mean you should beat yourself up and hate yourself for not learning the language. I mean that he must take responsibility for your own actions. Every failure is another step in the learning process. If you adopt a growth mindset, you will face new challenges. Head on. You will face obstacles and if you fail, that's okay. You will get up and try again only better than before because you learned from your previous.