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English Writing and Speaking Skills

by Chetna Vasishth

English Writing and Speaking Skills to Improve your English Today

In this article, we will give you some scientific and researched techniques to improve the Two Language Skills – writing and speaking and 10 amazing tips to Improve your English. We have another article on Listening and Reading skills

Speaking Techniques

  1. Surround yourself in English. Put yourself in an all English-speaking environment where you can learn passively. The best way to learn is through speaking – join a student’s club where you only speak English or Debate. Discuss topics in a group. Give your opinion – this will help you on the speaking sections of TOEFL / IELTS. Each person should choose a viewpoint (even if you don’t agree with it) and debate it within the group. Make sure you get your point across.
  2. Practice speaking on the following topics – your
    1. Hometown / neighbourhood
    2. Your work / study
    3. Friends
    4. Family
    5. Your hobby
    6. Sport
    7. Your favourite Food

These answers will all help you whenever someone asks you to talk about yourself

  1. You could try explaining something to your stuffed toy in English
  2. If you are a singer – Sing your heart out! Show the world your beautiful voice! Learn English songs and sing along with them to improve fluency and intonation
  3. Speak slowly but pronounce each word carefully
  4. Another frequent mistake is between ‘I’ and ‘me’ – what is wrong with this sentence? – my friend and I were going to a movie,,, and how about ‘Sam gave a chocolate to I?
  5. Record your voice and listen to your pronunciation and intonation. It will help you to identify your problem areas. The same letter is pronounced differently in a word depending on how it appears. E.g. Australia -has 3 A’s and each one is pronounced differently
  6. Don’t Be Afraid to Make Mistakes – Sometimes it can be difficult to put all those rules and words together into a simple sentence. Don’t let the fear of saying something wrong stop you from speaking at all. Even if you think you’re making a mistake, keep speaking anyway. Most of the time, people will understand what you’re trying to say, even if you make a mistake. Plus, the more you speak, the easier it gets, and the more quickly the right words will come to mind.


Writing Skills

  1. Practice – you can write a journal
  2. Use an online dictionary to look up synonyms of words that you use frequently. Try substituting them every now and then. Keep an ongoing list on your computer or in a notebook of words paired with their synonyms, so that you can help build strong variety in your English. Example word: Beautiful Synonyms: Gorgeous, stunning, striking
  3. Take up a paragraph from a book you read or a section of the podcast you heard, or a section from the morning newspaper and paraphrase it in your own words. Ask someone to evaluate it. This will help you in the TOEFL / IELTS tests.
  4. Why not start an online blog and share your writings with the world?


10 Amazing Tips to Improve your English

  1. Try to solve the greatest problems of your life, using English. Because you are so busy focusing on the problem that the language will flow
  2. Accept That English Is a very funny language – Sometimes you can find patterns in English grammar, but other times English doesn’t make sense at all. For example, The past tense of Read is Read, but they are both spelt the same. Or why is “mice” the plural of “mouse”, but “houses” is the plural of “house”?
  3. Carry cue cards with you. These are small cards which you can write new words on. You can pull them out and look at them whenever you a free minute.
  4. Use post-it notes and stick them around your home. You can use them to label things.
  5. Stop Being a Student – The right attitude can make the difference between failure and success. Stop thinking of yourself as someone who is learning English, and start thinking of yourself as someone who speaks English. It’s a small change, but it will make you feel more confident and help you to use the English you already know more effectively. Real fluency happens when you stop mentally translating conversations.
  6. Apps like Duo Lingo help in translating most languages to English
  7. Use It or Lose It – There’s an expression in English: “Use it or lose it,” which basically means if you don’t practice an ability, you might forget it. This idea can be used to help you remember new English vocabulary. The best way to remember a new word is to use it right away so it will stay in your memory.  When you learn a new word, try to say it in sentences a few times over the next week and you’ll never forget it.
  8. Don’t be too consumed by grammar. sometimes it’s important to put the grammar textbook away, so you can go out and practice those writing, reading, listening and speaking skills in the real world.
  9. Release the fear of being judged by others. Release the fear of being wrong.
  10. The easiest one – Sleep! You’ll learn more after a good night’s sleep. You’ll be able to concentrate more.

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