How to Improve English Speaking Ability

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How to Improve English Speaking Ability
By Josalin Mitchell, eHow Contributor
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Improving English speaking ability does not have to involve expensive courses. The most important part is simply to immerse yourself in the language. Initiate conversations in English. Watch television shows in which standard English pronunciation is used, such as the news. Listening to the radio is another option, since most hosts are hired based on their speaking abilities. The more the sounds and language patterns you hear, the easier they will be to remember. The more the sounds are spoken, the more naturally language will come to you. Difficulty:

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Speak English at home. According to the United States Census Bureau, research conducted on non-native English speakers in the United States has shown that using the language more often improves language ability. * 2

Improve pronunciation. According to the Internet TESL Journal article on "Teaching Speaking" by Hayriye Kayi, pronunciation involves producing the appropriate sounds in the foreign language. Search for "sound patterns." For instance, if a word ends with an "e," like the word "able," the vowel "a" will be pronounced as it is in the alphabet. But in a word like "fall" or "call," the "a" is pronounced "ah." * 3

Listen to the rhythm of language to begin to sound more like a native speaker. Kayi notes that improving English ability involves creating the appropriate "stress" patterns, or rhythm of the language. For instance, in the command "Go to the store," the stress in the sentence put on the last word, "store." In the command "Call me," the stress is put on the first word, "call." Practice using new words. If you encounter a new word in conversation, look up its meaning....
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