Everybody wants to be able to speak English like a native speaker, but English pronunciation is always a big problem to English students.
Bad English pronunciation may confuse people even if you used advanced English grammar. We can use simple words and simple grammar structures that make people understand you but we cannot use “simple pronunciation”.
On the other hand, good English pronunciation will make people understand you easily !
So, how to speak English clearly and confidently? There are three ways: practice, practice and practice! First, practice speaking each word clearly, then, practice speaking each sentence clearly.
And here you are some tools:
Acapela is a fabulous resource to help you with pronunciation . Choose your voice, type the text and you will get a perfectly enunciated version. Repeat and learn. Great help for preparing your speeches !
Bbc offers you a wide range of videos especially designed to help you improve your pronunciation.
As for your speaking practice, you have it easy in the language school: if your teacher asks you a question, take the opportunity to answer. If your teacher asks you to speak in pairs or groups with other students, try to say as much as possible. Don’t worry about your mistakes. Just speak!
This year you will have the opportunity to have extra oral practice with our language assistants Lena and Katheryne; they will be offering different times to practice English with them. We recommend you find some time before or after your classes and sign up for some oral practice on the schedule.
Apart from the language school, you should try and find the opportunity to speak to other people. Here you have some options:
If you are living in an English-speaking area (remember you are very close to English-speaking communities: San Fulgencio, Gran Alacant, etc), you have a wonderful opportunity. Practise speaking to the local people such as shop assistants. Even if you don’t want to buy anything, you can ask questions about products that interest you in a shop. Often you can start a real conversation – and it costs you nothing!
Pubs and Bars
In all Spanish towns, there are often American, British, Irish and Australian pubs. If you can find one of these pubs, you’ll probably meet many people speaking English as a first or second language.
Listen to the lyrics of an English-language song that you like. Then repeat them to yourself and try to sing with the music.
You can visit http://www.lyricstraining.com/, an easy and fun method to learn and improve your English through the music and lyrics of the songs.
Above all, don’t be afraid to speak. You must try to speak, even if you make mistakes. You cannot learn without mistakes. Remember: “The person who never made a mistake never made anything.” So think of your mistakes as something positive and useful. But always make NEW mistakes.