Knowing English increases your chances of getting a good job in a multinational company within your home country or finding work abroad. It's also the language of international communication ( the medias and internet). English is important for socializing and intertainment as well as work. It's the dominant business language and has become almost a necessity for people to speak English if they are to enter a global workforce. Research from all over the world shows that cross-borders business communication are most often conducted in English and many international world compagnies expect employees to be fluent in English.
How to speak English ?
It is often argued that experience rather than innate capacity to handle informations in a certain specific way, must be the factor of overwhelming dominance in determining a specific field of English learning but it is sure that everyone has the cognitive capacity to learn English. Thus, there are four tips to learn English and also improve your speaking skill.
* Four tips to learn English
• Thinking in English
Take a head phone that you find interesting or entertaining and choose one episode, listen to that episode every day for a week while you're driving, riding the bus, washing dishes, etc. Pick out words or phrases that are difficult to understand and look them up on the first and second days. After a couple of day, you should be able to listen to these words and understand them. Listen for the difference between yourself and the speaker. By the last day, you'll find that you can understand much more than on the first. As your ears adjust to hearing, this English headphone episode will be easier to listen to new audios in English.
* Thinking in English
Sometimes the difficult thing about English speaking is not the language itself, but how you think of it. If you think in your native language and then try to speak English, you'll always have to translate between languages. Translation isn't an easy thing there. Even people who are fluent in two or more languages have trouble switching between languages. You need to think in English anywhere, anytime. Try to use English when you're thinking about your day and when you're trying to decide which food to order at home. Even try to use an English to English dictionary to look up words. After all this you'll notice that English is more accessible to you.
Read along with the text while you're listening to a native speaker. Listen and read several times, you'll improve your pronunciation and listening skill too. Remember, read to learn English, after reading and listening to the passage, test your understanding with the comprehension activity.
• Talk to yourself
Whenever you are at home or alone somwhere else, you can improve your English speaking with your favourite person who is yourself. If you're already thinking in English , try to speak your thoughts out loud. Read out loud too, practice makes practice and even if you don't have anyone to correct your mistakes, just the act of speaking out loud will help you be more confortable speaking English.
• Use a miror
Whenever you can take few minutes out of your day, stand in front of a miror and speak. Choose a topic, set a timer for two or three minutes and just talk. The point of this excercice 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're having a conversation with a study body. Talk the full two or three minutes. Don't stop! If you get stuck on a word you don't Know, try to express your ideas in a different way. You can always look up how to say that word after two or three minutes end. This will definitely help you find out what kind of words or sentences you have trouble with.
Sir Pascal EHOUSSOU