talking power


how could i improve my talking power in english?

asked Oct 25 '12 at 12:02 humera New member

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"It is a common problem for every student of English. You know a lot of words but you are unable to speak. Isn't it strange?


The reasons are many. English is not your mother tongue or you are hesitant because of your nature (and personality), as you may not be too confident and think a lot before you speak. This makes it doubly difficult.


So the key is to start speaking is to initiate and condition your mind to speak English. For that, you need to begin with words, small phrases and sentences. You may have noticed how people try to intersperse their speech with English words. It may not sound too good but it's definitely a good way to build a rhythm.


Just  like your brain, your mouth must also get used to speaking. So do speak words. The basic words like:


1. The basic step is to speak words like:
Sure, Certainly, Well, Possibly, Great, Really....when you are talking in your mother tongue.


2. Now to carry on conversation, you don't always need to speak longish sentences. Small phrases and 'two-three words' can do that:


Is it?
Brilliant idea
Seems good
Not bad
Call me
Are you sure?
Are you sane?
I don't believe!
Just do it
It really hurts

These small sentences will work as a foundation for your future fluency. Talking to a person, you don't need to speak longer. By just speaking a few words and letting the other person speak, you will be liked for being a good listener and the other guy will enjoy the conversation.


3. Subsequently you will graduate to bigger sentences:



That sounds interesting!
I'll give you a call
Feel free to ask me
What's your plan?
Can you do me a favour?
Am I disturbing you?
You can take that
May I take the liberty to...
Shall I go out for a while
The idea seems interesting
Can you lend me this book...
Sure I have no objection
Do I mind if I take this
I hope you won't be angry...

Once these 'strings of words' start coming naturally. It will not be too long before you start speaking longer sentences as your brain-lip coordination will get better and English will become your own language.

This may sound a simple technique. But, once you start practising, be sure that you will effortlessly speak English in future. There will not be any hesitation or hitch and you will be able to express yourself like a native speaker.


The above mentioned words and 'word strings' are just a few examples. You can yourself collect them. If you are really interesting in the language and have a passion for it, you will gather them. Of course, this blog will also help you. Do tell us about what you expect from us.



1. It is not necessary for you to always speak a whole sentence all the time, which non-native learners often try to do. You can continue the conversation with words like 'okay', 'ya, 'sure', hmm', 'I see', 'is it' 'that's surprising', carry on' et al.


2. If you can't recall a particular word or you are unsure about the sentence formation, phrase and don't know how to describe a particular situation, there are ways to get out of the situation. You can always talk about a situation or thing in many different ways.


For example, if you don't remember what to say when your vehicle 'breaks down'. And somebody asks you what has happened? Surely you can answer him:


*My bike's engine has developed a fault
*Something seems wrong with my bike
*The engine doesn't work
*I will have to show my bike to the mechanic.


So you just need to be a little more imaginative. And you can escape any such difficult situation easily. Meanwhile, keep working on your vocabulary and you will surely succeed.


3. Gestures are also important. If you are attentive and that is evident from your face and eyes, the person won't feel that you are not communicating enough. Not all people are talkative and generally people like listeners. So be more of a listener.



4. Don't talk 'Wren and Martin', I mean, grammar is surely okay but just don't concentrate so much that you lose your basic aim--speaking English.


5. If somebody told you to read English newspapers and watch news for learning the skills of English conversation, just don't believe him. Bookish English is different from the English you wish to learn. The better option is to watch English serials, interviews, soap operas or movies (for starters those regional movies with English-subtitles) and of course, listening to the Radio.


6. Learners often make this mistake. They want to talk like an Express train, falter and as a result get frustrated. But it is not necessary. Take your time. You don't need to talk fast. Be steady and to the point.


7. Pauses can be used effectively. Ah...ummm.....can be used with perfection when you are thinking of a proper word. Even English speakers use them. Not everybody can recall anyword anytime. So just relax. These hmmmz and ummmz are there to help you. Remember, you can even say No by raising your shoulders or pursing your lips out. So don't get panicky that you don't know a word. You know it.

In our native languages we use different idioms and simple translate them when we talk in English. At times, we are ill at ease to convey a particular thought. But don't worry there is always a way out to say thing differently.



You want to ask something your friend's job:


The sentence is: When would your job become permanent?


But you are not comfortable saying this because of certain reasons, grammatical inadequacy or simply because that's not the way it is spoken in your native language. Or you don't know how to say this at all. Sometimes you have forgotten the phrase or just don't have idea how to put it across or you are unsure if the wasy was correct.


Still, it's easy, say it the other way. Instead you can ask him:

So is it a permanent job!

Or say

Are you a permanent employee!

Or say

I am sure you will get permanent soon.

Or say

Is the job permanent?

Or say

Are you on the list of permanent employees?

And he will understand.

Or simply say.

Permanent Job!


So you see there are N number of ways you can say a thing or ask. Just be alert. With time you will learn to speak in all possible ways but right now you can simply speak by using your mental alacrity and not give the other person the impression that you are stuck and unable to speak English."  

link comment edited Oct 25 '12 at 17:42 sanjay Expert

If you want to improve your speaking skills, start speaking without worrying about your grammatical errors.

link comment answered Oct 25 '12 at 12:30 sanjay Expert

If you want to speak English fluently, it is advisable to start by talking out loud to yourself when you're alone. This will help to improve not only your confidence, but also you will be able to detect by listening whether your sentence/s sound/s either natural or unnatural. Also, reading novels will you do you some power of good in learning to speak fluently. Try reading books that are written in plain English, and be very interested in each book you try to read, tell yourself that its author wouldn't have wasted their time to write this book if it wasn't really well worth reading. By doing so, sooner or later you'll get used to reading frequently. Moreover, try to have at least one or two favourite authors. Take note# Don't try to think in your home language first when you want to make a sentence, think in English. My English teacher once told me that to learn to speak English depends on '(How bad do you want to learn to speak English).' I hope this will help you.

link comment answered Apr 05 '15 at 09:31 Oscar Mapfuno New member

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