The internet makes it easy to study English at home. You can practice reading with news articles, practice listening with podcasts, and practice writing on social media.
But what about speaking? Can you practice speaking online?
The answer is, “Yes!” Here are three easy ways to improve your English speaking skills online.
1. Practice With Dialogues and Subtitles
This method is the best way to improve your speaking through self-study. To practice having conversations, you can use real dialogues with transcripts or subtitles. Luckily, these are available in most streaming services, like Netflix and Amazon Prime.
While many learners use dialogues with subtitles to practice listening, you can use them to practice speaking as well. For example, let’s say you’re watching this video, in which a comedian interviews Bill Gates.
You can watch the video once or twice. Then, replay it and pause whenever the comedian finishes talking and then read out Bill Gates’ lines.
If you want to make this exercise more challenging, you can turn off the subtitles and try to remember Bill Gates’ part. This is a good way to see if you can use the vocabulary and grammar he used.
And for an even bigger challenge, don’t pause the video. Just mute it and try to speak at the same time as Bill Gates. This way, you’ll force yourself to speak English at a natural speed, which in turn will help you become more fluent.
2. Talk To Your Phone in English
These days, most phones come with a personal assistant app. Talking to them is a great free way to practice speaking English in your everyday life.
On Apple devices, the personal assistant is called “Siri,” and on Android devices, it’s “Google Assistant.” If you say, “Hey Siri” or “OK Google” to your phone, they’ll ask what they can help you with.
As you may know, you can tell these personal assistants to do stuff for you. For example, you can ask them to set an alarm (“Set an alarm for 7am”) or open an app (“Open Facebook”).
Talking to your personal assistant is a great way to check your pronunciation. After all, if you don’t pronounce something correctly, it won’t understand you!
In addition, you can ask these personal assistants lots of questions like:
- “Do I need an umbrella today?”
- “What appointments do I have today?”
- “What’s seven divided by ten?”
- “How do you spell ‘caterpillar’?”
3. Talk to a Real Person Online
Finally, this is the internet, so you can definitely find people to talk to online! You can find native speakers of the language you’re learning on the following websites:
- My Language Exchange
- Conversation Exchange
- Easy Language Exchange
- Hello Talk
If you decide to use any of the websites above, keep in mind that you’ll most likely have to message a lot of people before you get a response. Also, make sure you don’t just send one-word messages (e.g. “Hi!”). Introduce yourself, explain how you can help, and maybe share a fun fact about yourself.
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