When you are learning English, it's natural to feel unsure about many things you say. You may wonder if you said the correct word or if the idiom you used was appropriate for the situation.
Instead of simply wondering, it's better to ask your conversation partner if what you said was correct or not. Since it is something you may be asking often, it's nice to have different ways to say it, so we'll briefly introduce some in this article.
Using correct grammar is necessary for good communication, so make sure you aren't repeating mistakes or forming bad habits that will be difficult to change later.
Use these examples when you want to check that you are saying things the right way.
Even if your grammar is great, pronunciation is important if you want to be understood by the people you are talking to. These examples will help you check that it is accurate.
Phrasing and syntax
Phrasing and syntax relate to the words you use to express your ideas and the way those words are arranged.
Using inappropriate words may make your conversation partner confused about what you want to say, and unnatural word order will sound strange even if the words you use are correct. Below are some good phrases to use to make sure you're communicating as best you can.
The following phrases are less specific, so you can use them to check your overall English without focusing on a particular thing.
It's always a good idea to look for feedback to help you improve your language skills. When you're speaking with a tutor, you may feel more comfortable asking these kinds of questions. However, don't be too shy to ask friends and others you chat with to check that you're saying things correctly.
Of course, you shouldn't ask after everything you say — that would make the conversation very slow and unnatural! However, there's no problem asking from time to time, and most people will be happy to help you stay on the right path.