Do you find it difficult to speak English fluently and confidently, even after many months or years of practicing English? If so, this article may help you out with teaching some speaking skills how to show yourself way more fluent English speaker.
Learning how to speak English fluently, confidently and naturally is an feasible goal. Learning approach in every English learner is different, but there are a number of easy ways to improve in a reasonably short period of time.
Speaking Skill 1: Asking follow-up questions
Follow-up questions are questions that ask for further information. You can ask follow-up questions to keep a conversation going longer.
A: Are you interested in sports?
B: Yes, I like football.
A: Oh, what's your favorite team?
B: l like the Barcelona.
A: Do you have a favorite player?
Asking follow-up questions helps make your conversations more interesting and engaging, and let you know and learn more about people you meet.
Speaking Skill 2: Asking for repetition and clarification
When you are in a middle of a talk, sometimes you need to inquire the speaker(s) to repeat a particular information that the speaker has expressed. Here are some phrases you can use when you don't hear or understand something well.
I'm sorry... I didn't catch that.
Could you repeat that?
Could you say that again, please?
Do you mean...?
Speaking Skill 3: Presenting information from notes
When you present information to an audience, you should not read directly from your notes. It's important to look up and make eye contact with the audience. This makes the presentation more interesting.
• Use small cards.
• Write only key words and phrases. Don't write the whole presentation.
• Practice your presentation.
• Look at the audience. Then begin speaking.
• Look down briefly to check your notes.
• Make eye contact with individual people in your audience as you speak.
Speaking Skill 4: Responding in a conversation
In a conversation, it's important to show that you are listening and interested in what the other speaker says. This is part of participating in a conversation.
Look at these expressions:
• To show you are listening: Uh-huh. / Mm hmm. / I see.
• To show interest: Really? / Wow! / That's interesting.
• To respond to bad news: Oh, no! How awful! / That's too bad. / I'm sorry to hear that.
• To respond to good news: Congratulations! / That’s great! / I'm so happy for you!
Speaking Skill 5: Introducing topics in a presentation
When you give a presentation, you want it to be organized so that your audience can follow what you are saying.
Here are some useful expressions for organizing a presentation.
• To introduce the first topic:
Let's start with...
The first thing I'm going to talk about is...
• To change to a new topic:
Now let's move on to…
Next I'm going to explain…
• To introduce the last topic:
Finally, let's talk about...
To wrap up, I'll tell you about…
• To introduce the next speaker (when there is more than one):
Now Jack is going to tell you about...
Now Jennifer Jackson is going to take over.